I recently came upon a small rocking horse which was just loaded with character. He was not new, but despite having been well loved by his previous owner, he was in very good condition.
With one exception.
Many hours of rocking had caused the metal frame in his neck to fatigue, then break. Sadly, Neddy had a broken neck.
Major surgery was required.
Firstly remove his covering layer of fabric, then find where the break was located. This took a lot of searching through moulded foam, trying not to break the sections of foam apart too much.
Having located the break, I presented my problem to my partner who is a skilled welder. He did a beautiful repair and reinforcement job without damaging any of the surrounding fabric or foam.
Then back went the neck support foam with some glue to optimistically hold it in place (foam does not glue together very well). I was not confident that everything would stay where it should, so I also glued a supporting bandage around Neddy’s body and neck.
His fabric cover was replaced and secured with a long line of invisible stitches, he looked as good as new.
All ready for another round of play with a new little owner!
Have you ever mended a broken rocking horse?