Animal figures have been made for centuries with horses being the most popular.
The Egyptians, 2,500 years ago made horses from wood; they were about 20cms high and had wheels. Possibly the first hollow wooden toys were those sold to travellers in Troy 1500 years ago.
Small model horses have been found from most parts of the world, made from a variety of materials; wood, clay, white limestone and bronze.
Although wheels with spoke were being used on carts the toy pull along horses still had wheels of solid wood.
The size and shape of the wooden horse comes from the skill and imagination of the toy maker, for instance, a section of log could be used for the horse’s body, or, it could be beautifully carved.