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A Guide to the Best of Southern California : KIDS : Rocking Horse Ranchers

October 07, 1990|L.K.P.

ROCKING HORSE RANCH in Riverside County is busy "breeding" high-styled mounts for the toddler set. Built to last long enough to grow into heirlooms, they are handcrafted from southern mountain pine.

A custom-order Ranch pony features the child's name and birth date branded beneath the mane (the same spot where a real registered Arabian would be branded). Rather than paint her rocking horses, master builder Marie Crain generally stains them a rich, nut brown, though she is willing to match the hue to other furniture.

All the trimmings are intact--including a flowing acrylic yarn mane and tail, genuine leather reins and a comfortable vinyl saddle. Prices begin at $45 for the 18-inch table-model version. Among the ridable models, a 25-inch rocking horse sells for $115, a 29-incher for $135, and a 38-inch size for $165. For those rocking-horse aficionados who like them more classical, a bit of Victorian painting--flowers and ribbons--can be added ($250 for the 38-inch model).

Recent additions to the Rocking Horse Ranch line include an 18-inch carousel horse ($60) and a 21-inch rocking horse lamp ($65). And ambitious sorts can order a 38-inch rocking horse kit ($115).

Best of all, on these horses, there's no way the bandits can escape: No matter how fast they gallop, these animals cannot tip over; the ends of the rockers have been specially designed to prevent tipping.

For orders and information, telephone Rocking Horse Ranch, (714) 926-4304 .

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