Walking hobby horse, info needed.

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Forum topic by Chook2 posted 11-23-2017 02:36 PM 1090 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2017 02:36 PM

Hi, I saw “rode” one of these a very long time ago as a child while visiting friends and never forgot the way they moved. Very comical. (Wish I could remember where!!!)

I am now after information/drawings on the mechanism that connects/activates the front to rear legs to build one for the younger members of the family. Any information I would be vey grateful for.

I’ve received some photos and rough sizes of the horse and have been forwarded some internet links, but the critical linkage dimensions to activate the fore and back legs remain a mystery.

They were called a “Hollywood Hobby Horse” and were made back in 1929 in the USA as far as I know.

Many thanks

Esperance, South East coast of Western Australia.

-- Chook, Esperance Western Australia

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#1 posted 11-23-2017 05:25 PM

It looks to me like the back legs are fixed and the front leg pivots on a simple axle. The key is the curves on the rockers… It would take some experimenting but should be fairly simple to recreate…

Good Luck!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 11-24-2017 12:41 AM

Thanks Herb for your comments. It’s doing my head in trying to work it out.

From these pictures of it in action the rear legs do pivot and I’m wondering how the connection from fore to back legs (if there is one) works. From this picture it certainly seems as though there is a “connection” or at least lever system from the rear axle?

I also found this video of later horses. They seem to be clicking or maybe the legs are hitting stops as they move.

I eagerly look forward to any ideas. Thanks, Chook

-- Chook, Esperance Western Australia

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