When she was 4, my youngest daughter Lynn was asked what she'd like for her birthday.
'A rocking horse', she said.
By this time (1988) I was a full time rocking horse maker. We had our own shop named (obviously) The Rocking Horse Shop and 3 full time employees making all our components including leather and metalwork, and carving.
We were taking new orders almost every day and making half a dozen different sizes and types of new rocking horse as well as restorations. Lynn had her pick of rocking horses to ride, but she wanted one of her very own.
This is the horse I made for her, a Medium sized dapple grey which she named Mathilda. She and her friends often rode the horse which she stills owns and cherishes. Mathilda is now ridden by Lynn's own 3 children.
Keep on Rocking!