Thursday, 23 September 2010

Horse in the House?

Yes, I DID bring my old Arab mare, Senara, home once a few years ago and she did come in into the house! Just walked right in, had a look around and walked back outside. Even rode her bareback in my nightgown that evening in my back yard but that is a story for another day!

I'm so out of shape at the moment that I could do with one of these so at least I could get fit and ride with my broken rib in the safety of my own home!

It's an early Edwardian version of a mechanical horse so you can ride in the comfort of your own home! This is an old Edwardian advert that I have in my collection and from the looks of it, it seems that you could even ride near side or on the off side as well.

The Titanic also had a better version of the mechanical horse on board, complete with a real side saddle!

Due to the nature of my business, I go to many antique sales and auctions and have NEVER EVER seen an antique mechanical horse for sale which goes to show that perhaps not many people bought them, preferring to ride the real thing.

One thing is certain though, if I ever see one for sale, it's coming home with me!


  1. I found this blog on the internet, I am the creator of the Equicizer which is another horse for inside your house.. how interesting this all is! Cheers!
    Frankie Lovato

  2. A lot of old 1930's movies show people using equicizers - always astride not sidesaddle.

  3. Looks interesting but I don't know how it would work for side saddle as the Equicizer seems to work on being self propropelled from the movement of the rider (there is no motor unlike the one on the Titanic). With side saddle riding, the horse has the move off from subtle cues from your seat bones and leg/cane. The riders in the demonstration videos kind of seem to jolt the Equicizer forward into action with when they do rising trot. In England, we don't ride to the trot while side saddling so I don't know if UK side saddlers would get much benefit from it.

  4. You might be interested in this mechanical horse riding machine by Spencer Heath & George which is very similar to the Titanic model but not sidesaddle. See Lyon & Turnbull Fine Antiques sale 30 March 2011, lot 140.