Toy Horse Scales Expained

Our collection of horse toys includes figurines in many different scales. To break down what these different scales mean, we've put together this handy little guide to explain them to you.

The key thing to remember when trying to figure out scales is the lower the number after the colon, the bigger the size of the toy.

Here’s a quick run down to help you understand the difference between toy horse scales and which collections they belong to.

Toy Horse Scale Toy Size Toy Collections Recommended Age
1:9 20 x 6 x 32 cm Breyer Traditional 7+
1:12 15 x 5 x 22 cm Breyer Classics 4+
1:16 14 x 4 x 18 cm Bruder 3+
1:24 13 x 4 x 15 cm Papo, Schleich, Mojo 3+
1:32 6 x 3 x 8 cm Breyer, Kids Globe 4+

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What is a Horse Scale?

A horse scale refers to the size of a horse toy relative to a real horse. A toy horse scale can help you determine how big or small a toy horse will be compared to the other toys in your little one's farmyard collection.

Toy horses are often made in different scales, with the 1:9 scale being the largest. This means that for every inch of the toy, it represents 9 inches of a real horse.

Understanding Different Scales

Horse 1:9 Scale

Approximate Size Recommended Age
20cm x 6cm x 32cm 7 years +

The largest model size available, with horses roughly measuring 20cm tall by 6cm wide by 32cm long. Breyer Traditional Series models are suitable for playing with, collecting, displaying and more! They are beautifully hand-crafted and usually packaged in colourful window boxes.

Horse 1:12 Scale

Approximate Size Recommended Age
15cm x 5cm x 22cm 4 years +

Breyer Classics 1:12 scale is a bit smaller than the Traditional 1:9 scale, with horses roughly measuring 15cm high by 5cm wide by 22cm long.

These horses are also handcrafted but geared towards the slightly younger horse lover, giving them excellent play value. They’re more affordably priced than the highly coveted collectable Traditional Series, too, so they’re a great way for your child to start their Breyer collection.

Horse 1:16 Scale

Approximate Size Recommended Age
14cm x 4cm x 18cm 3 years +

This is rather a limited range of very solid horses, with a typical horse roughly measuring 14cm high by 4cm wide by 18cm long.

The Bruder horse trailer and the horse are great quality, and there’s a horse stable, field shelter, fences, some new riding accessories and people.

Horse 1:24 Scale

Approximate Size Recommended Age
13cm x 4cm x 15cm 4 years +

Slightly smaller in size than the 1:12 scale, our biggest collection in this scale is the Horse Club by Schleich collection, with horses roughly measuring 13cm high by 4cm wide by 15cm long. They’re typically recommended for ages 4 and up, but some of the playsets have small parts, so they’re more suited to ages 6 and up.

They’re geared more toward the younger horse lover and come in many breeds, sold as a single horse or in playsets. These are affordably priced and fantastic for encouraging imaginative play.

Horses 1:32 Scale

Approximate Size Recommended Age
6cm x 3cm x 8cm 4 years +

This scale is significantly smaller than the above. Our biggest collection in this scale is the Breyer Stablemates collection, with horses roughly measuring 6cm high by 3cm wide by 8cm long.

They're generally recommended for ages 4 and up, but some of the playsets are recommended for ages 6 and up due to the smaller parts. Once again, they’re beautifully detailed and come in lots of breeds and colours. They also come with many additional items, such as tack and barns and are featured in many lovely playsets, too.

Horse Scales By Brand

Different brands of horse toys generally have their own preferences for different scales. This can make it much easier to create beautiful collections of horses that are all the same size for your little one.

Schleich Horse Scales

Available scales: 1:24

Our range of Schleich horses is only available in one scale, 1:24. This makes it incredibly easy to create a realistic-looking collection of horses that make up a beautiful stable scene.

Having all Schleich horses and accessories on the same scale makes it much easier to buy the toys as gifts for the budding equestrians in your life.

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Papo Horse Scales

Available scales: 1:24

All our Papo horses and riders are made to a 1:24 scale. This makes it super easy to mix and match horses and riders to create the ultimate dream riding school. Because of the 1:24 scale, Papo horses are perfect to pair with our range of Schleich horses for a diverse and stunning horse collection.

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Breyer Horse Scales

Available scales: 1:9 & 1:12

Breyer horses are available in 1:9 and 1:12 scales. This makes it easy to mix and match different scales for more diverse collections or stick with one scale for a cohesive display. With Breyer horses, you can also choose between realistic Classics horses or more playful designs, such as the colourful 90's throwback and anthem horse.

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Bruder Horse Scales

Available scales: 1:16

Our range of Bruder horses is made to a 1:16 scale. This means that all Bruder horses are compatible with their range of vehicles and accessories, such as the horse trailer or stable. This makes it easy for little ones to create a realistic and functional farmyard scene with their horse toys.

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Find the Right Scale Horse Toys With Farm Toys Online

At Farm Toys Online, we're proud to stock an unbeatable range of horse toys in various scales to fit into any farmyard playset. Whether you're looking for realistic and collectable models or durable and imaginative play toys, we have something for every little horse lover.

Shop our range of horse toys today and add a new addition to your collection!

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What Does a Horse Toy Scale Mean?

A horse scale refers to the relative size of a toy horse in comparison to a real horse. The scale helps to determine the size of a toy horse in relation to other toys in a collection. You can use the scale of a toy horse to work out whether it’ll fit in with your little one's existing farm toys.

Are Different Brands of Horse Toys Available in Different Scales?

Yes, different brands have their own preferred scales, which can vary in terms of design, functionality, and accuracy. To create a cohesive collection, it’s best to stick to one scale that aligns with your personal aesthetic and requirements. However, if you prefer a more diverse collection, you can mix and match scales from different brands to showcase a range of styles and features.

Are Horse Toys Smaller Than 1:32 Safe for Small Children?

Horse toys made to a 1:32 scale aren't recommended for children under 4 years old. This is because of the small size of the toy and the risk of choking. You should always supervise young children when playing with small toys.