Have you ever… mended a rocking horse?

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.

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The mended, reinforced metal frame

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.

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The foam is all back in place, but how to keep it there?

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.

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Bandaged horse

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?

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All fixed and ready to play!

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12 Responses to Have you ever… mended a rocking horse?

  1. adinparadise says:

    Good job! He looks as good as new. 🙂

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  2. fgassette says:

    WELL DONE! I would never have known it was ever broken.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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    • Madoqua says:

      Thank you!
      Actually it was quite a lot of fun.
      He did not look broken from the “outside”, but the head was wobbly, so it was a bit of a giveaway!

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  3. losgann25 says:

    Neddy is a lovely horse! I especially like the photo with the bandage around his neck. It’s very appropriate following his ‘surgery’!

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  4. KnitNell says:

    Excellent work. Have you heard of Repair Cafes? http://repaircafe.org/ Fairly new idea gathering interest in the UK at present. I think you and your partner would be perfect members if you had spare time to volunteer your skills. cheers.

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  5. Neddy is a lucky lil horse to land up at your home 🙂

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  6. restlessjo says:

    Amazing what you can achieve with a little know-how. He’s beautiful! Great work. 🙂

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