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Rocking Horses

The Living Horse Museum in Chantilly was an eye opener to some of the important roles that horses have played in history as well as personal roles in peoples’ lives.  Some horse related collections I hadn’t considered, included a room full of carousel horses as well as some wooden rocking horses on display outside.

Wooden horses at Chantilly, France.Despite not growing up with a rocking horse somewhere in the household, the idea of horses was no doubt instilled at a young age.
I do however believe it is these gorgeous works of craftsmanship that help many a young person to realise their love of horses.

Libby Bailey has turned her love of horses into the art of restoring old rocking horses and selling these recreations.  You can view her site at http://www.rockinghorserestorations.com.au/“Libby restores Australian and English wooden rocking horses to the traditional dapple grey finish of the English horses of the past.”

Located in Melbourne, Australia, Thomas Earle Rocking Horses “are recreations of the rocking horses of Georgian and Victorian England. Each horse is created individually, to traditional patterns, using traditional and modern techniques.”  Interested in the history of rocking horses?  Thomas Earle Rocking Horses provides that too.

Other links of interest:
– Perhaps you’d like to take part in a short course where you can make your own rocking horse.  Maybe it’s just the start you need to pursue a passion that could lead to paid work.
http://www.rockinghorsestables.co.uk is a family run business in Whitley Bay that buys, sells and restores vintage rocking horses.

“Horses are the dolphins of the plains, the spirits of the wind; yet we sit astride them for the sake of being well-groomed, whereas they could have all the desire in the world to bolt, but instead, they adjust their speed and grace, only to please us, never to displease.” – Lauren Salerno

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