Pros: Sturdy and plenty of room to grow
Cons: The lifelike Mane & Tail - what a mess!! Not worth the extra $$
My husband & I bought this for our 2 year old for Christmas and it was returned to the store a week later. I was so excited when I read about the lifelike mane and tail. My daughter loves to use a brush and is always brushing her dolls hair, so I thought she would really love this. Let me warn you first that the hair is like straw. It is also only on one side of the horses head. The hair started to shed immediately and you can see the material that it is sewn into. I was extremely disappointed. When my daughter would ride it the hair would get in the way of the handles. We could tell by the look on her face that she wasn't to fond of the texture of the hair touching her hands. Most 2 year olds will need assistance getting on and off the larger 44" spring horse. We replaced this horse with the 40" Moonlight Palomino. This one has the molded plastic mane and tail and believe me is WELL worth it. She is able to get on and off it by herself and just loves it. I suggest to anyone who is considering buying this online to go to your local toy store and see if they have one of these on display before ordering. The overall construction of the horse is good, but the hair is not in it for the long haul.