Play Horse Toys Buying Guide

Written by: Kelly-Anne Victor



Time to read 9 min

Horse toys are a perfect little gift for any horse-loving child – and we have a fantastic selection! Our range includes models from the likes of Schleich, Mojo, Papo and lots more.

Horse toys have always held a magical place in every child's heart, making them a timeless favourite – who could forget the enchanting tale of Black Beauty that captivated us all as children?

Not only are horse toys fun to play with, but they also offer numerous benefits for your child's development, including learning about different horse breeds.

In this guide, we will showcase our favourite horse toy brands and share our top recommendations to help you in choosing the perfect horse toy for your child.

Schleich Horse Toys

Schleich is one of our biggest ranges, our Horse Club aisle is bursting at the seams with all the different toy horse figures, stables and incredible accessories on offer.

We stock a wide range of items, including popular breeds like the Trakehner Stallion, Tinker Mare and Clydesdale Gelding.

We also offer a variety of accessories like the horse feed set, horse wash area, blankets and halters.

In addition, we recently added an exciting new line from Schleich called Sofia's Beauties, specially developed for slightly younger children. The horse toys in the Sofia's Beauties lineup all come with interchangeable brushable manes, adding even more fun to playtime for little ones!

All Schleich horse figures are made from PVC, hand-painted, and scaled to 1:24 (about one 24th the size of the actual horse). Collecting them is an excellent hobby to introduce children to. 

Not only does it encourage their imagination, but it also nurtures a lifelong interest in these magnificent animals.

What Age Do We Recommend Schleich Horses For?

Schleich horse toys are recommended for children aged 5 to 12, with a minimum age requirement of three. If you're looking for something less detailed and more playful, the Schleich Horse Club Sofia's Beauties range is a great option for children aged four and older.

Known for their long-lasting quality, Schleich horse toys have an excellent reputation in the toy industry.

However, it's worth noting that certain accessories may have more delicate parts. Therefore, we do recommend supervising younger children while they play with them.

Our Favourite Schleich Horse Models

As we mentioned earlier, the Schleich 'Horse Club' range is packed with over 100 different toys to choose from!

It's a tough task to pick our favourites, but here goes.

1. Schleich Andalusian Stallion

Our favourite model has to be the Schleich Andalusian Stallion. This dream horse is full of personality, stepping out proudly with its handsome mane.

Its coat is primarily a grey-white colour with darker grey dappling near the hind legs, and, just like all Schleich horse toys, it is crafted in a 1:24 scale.

It's a true delight for any horse lover!

2. Lipizzaner Mare

A close second is the classy Lipizzaner Mare, with her beautiful white coat.

This model has been meticulously crafted to accurately represent the breed's elegance and grace, making it a fantastic addition to any collection.

3. Schleich Mustang Stallion

The Schleich Mustang Stallion had to make our list. We adore its windswept mane, and are amazed at how Schleich has managed to capture the true spirit of the breed in this model.

With its bold and untamed presence, the Schleich Mustang Stallion is a marvellous representation of this famous American breed.

Mojo Horse Toys

Mojo horse toys are designed right here in the UK and expertly crafted in China and Portugal. They are scaled to fit perfectly with other leading brands such as Schleich and Papo, showcasing realistic features and colours.

Mojo has a great range of different horse breeds, including firm favourites such as the Shire Horse, White Rearing Mustangand the Black Hanoverian Foal.

They also offer a brilliant starter set, containing six different horses to kick-start any collection. While the accessory options are limited, the Mojo horse figures are compatible with accessories from both the Schleich and Papo ranges

Like Schleich, Mojo horse toys are made from PVC and are all hand-painted.

Among all the brands, we would say that Mojo offers the most value for money, which is not due to any compromise in quality but rather its status as a newer brand aiming to be competitive on price.

What Age Do We Recommend Mojo Play Horses For?

We recommend Mojo play horses for children aged 3 and above, as they are designed to be safe and perfect for young horse enthusiasts.

Younger children are more likely to engage in imaginative play with the horses, while older children will enjoy collecting the different horse breeds that Mojo offers.

Papo Toy Horses

Papo model horses are designed in France and, like Schleich and Mojo, they are perfectly scaled at 1:24.

They are exquisitely hand-painted, providing delightful role-playing experiences for children and making them desirable collectables for horse enthusiasts.

Papo offers an impressive variety of breeds, including the popular Shetland pony with saddle, Black Shire Horse and the Cob. Although their range may not be as extensive as Schleich's in terms of accessories, they do offer a fantastic selection of horse rider figurines, with the Winter Riding Girl being a firm favourite among fans.

Papo's range of horse toys and accessories has something for everyone.

Whether you're buying for a serious collector or simply looking for a fun and educational toy for a child, Papo's horse figures are sure to impress.

Horse Riding Dolls & Figures for Papo Horses

Papo has a great range of rider figures. Unlike Schleich, these figures are not posable and are already molded into a seated position.

Just like the Papo horses, these rider figures are scaled to 1:24 and can be easily mixed and matched with horse figures of the same scale from other brands.

Papo's top selling rider figures include the stylish Papo Trendy Riding Girl, the charming Papo Winter Riding Girl, and the adorable Papo Riding Child. These meticulously crafted figures capture the spirit of equestrian adventures and make for fantastic additions to any Papo horse toy collection.

Papo rider figures are not only sold individually but also come in playsets! Popular options include:

These sets have been thoughtfully put together, sparing you the worry and stress of matching the perfect rider to the perfect horse.

What Age Do We Recommend Papo Play Horses For?

Papo horse toys are great for kids aged 3 years and up. Younger children will enjoy carrying them around and using their imagination for pretend play, while older kids will enjoy collecting all the different horse breeds that Papo has to offer.

Breyer Horse Toys

Breyer has been perfecting the art of making model horses for decades. Within the four main collections that we stock, you'll find something to suit every interest and budget!

Our Breyer Traditional collection offers a huge variety of model horses, along with compatible tack, accessories, and dolls. Scaled to 1:9, about one-ninth the size of a real horse, these beautifully crafted models showcase exquisite craftsmanship.

While this range may have a higher price point, with models starting from £40, it appeals to older collectors who truly appreciate the fine detailing.

For those seeking a mid-price option, the Classics range is a great choice with horses priced from £20. Scaled to 1:12, this collection also offers a wide selection of horses, stables, playsets, riders, tack, accessories, and even a few horse and book sets.

Alongside popular horse breeds, there are some more light hearted options like the 90's Throwback and Unicorn Aurora, which would add a touch of fun to any horse collection.

If you're searching for budget-friendly choices, the Stablemates range from Breyer is perfect. These pocket-sized horses and accessories are ideal for collecting and playing on the go.

Plus, Breyer also offers some brilliant paint & playsets enabling little ones to combine their love for horses and crafting. These sets are ideal for rainy days or birthday parties.

What Age Do We Recommend Breyer Horses For?

The Breyer Traditional range is best suited to 8 year olds and older due to its intricate nature. Whilst toys from the Breyer Classics or Stablemates collections are best suited to children aged 4 years and older.

Breyer Stable Starter Kit

Horse Stable Toy Sets & Horse Accessories

Whether you are searching for a Christmas or birthday gift, or just a special treat for a little horse lover, we have perfect stable playsets and horse accessories for all ages. Here are our top picks.

  1. The Stable Starter Set has everything you need to create your very own bustling stableyard! It includes a spacious wooden toy horse stable, six horses, horse feed and a dedicated groom.
  2. The Large Country House and Stable is absolutely spectacular! The house features a secret door that leads to an attic, and the Trakehner and Quarter Horse are conveniently stabled right next door. Packed with fun features, numerous accessories and movable parts, this playset guarantees endless fun.

Shop Horse Toys & Accessories Your Child Will Love at Farm Toys Online

At Farm Toys Online, we offer a fantastic selection of toys, playsets and accessories to inspire horse-mad kids.

Our Breyer Mane Beauty Styling Heads, for example, are perfect for teaching children how to skillfully plait manes and groom their horses with pride. If your child adores soft toys, we have an amazing range of horse-themed ones, including a Small Plush Horse with Clip that can be easily attached to backpacks or book bags.

Our Miss Melody range is also packed with gorgeous horse-themed goodies! From secret diaries to pencil sets and activity books, we've got the perfect gifts for children who are crazy about horses!


What are the Best Horse Toys for Kids?

The best horse toy for your child depends on their preferences, but some popular options include collectable Schleich or Papo horse figures, soft plush toy horses , or horse stable playsets.

Are Schleich Animals Collectable?

Yes, Schleich horses are totally collectable! Each horse figure is highly detailed and hand-painted. People of all ages, from kids to adults, love collecting Schleich horses.

The collectability of a Schleich horse can depend on a couple of things. Some horse figures are quite rare or no longer in production, which makes them more sought after by collectors. Collectors enjoy showing off their Schleich horse collections in displays or cases.

Some even trade or sell them within collector communities. Just keep in mind that the value of collectables can change over time, and what's in high demand now can quickly change.

Which Toy Horses Are Best for a 10-Year-Old?

The Breyer Traditional horses are an excellent choice for ten-year-old because these sculpted horse models do not encourage curiosity about famous horses and different breeds, but also inspire their creative side.
Breyer fans have an awesome community where they make their traditional horse models come alive through photography Additionally, Breyer offers a range of book and horse sets, including classic horse stories like Black Beauty, providing older children with an opportunity to learn about these timeless tales.

What is the Most Popular Schleich Horse?

The Schleich Tinker Mare is our most popular selling horse at Farm Toys Online. It's no surprise she's so well-loved, with her beautiful piebald coat, magnificent mane, full tail, and lots of hair on the fetlocks.

Can You Use Different Horse Models with Different Stables?

Yes, you can use different brands of horse models with different brands of stables as long as they are constructed to the same scale.

For instance, you can mix Papo or Mojo horses with a Schleich stable because they are all made to the 1:24 scale.

If you want to learn more about the different scales and how they work, you can check out this handy guide that explains it in detail: Toy Horse Scales Explained.

Kelly-Ann Victor

Kelly-Anne Victor

Hi, I'm Kelly-Anne, proud mum to Henry and Carmen. I lead all things marketing at Farm Toys Online. Alongside Julia, I'm on a mission to rescue kids from screens, focusing on helping parents choose the perfect farm toys that spark imaginative play. My favourite tractor brand is Massey Ferguson, and when it comes to horses, I adore a Welsh Pony!

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