Friday, 18 September 2009

Grovelling apology

I have just realized it will be, on the 21st, a whole year since I posted to my blog. I feel really bad about this.

It's not because I've lost interest; it's just that I've been doing other things, mainly writing. Silly, when I've got to the fun stage with Zaphod; dappling, attaching his mane and tail and making a saddle and bridle.

I hope to be back here before too long.


Timberati said...

And well you should be remorseful. As atonement we would love seeing a picture of Zaphod (if it isn't too much trouble)

Lexi said...

Norm, I would post a photo if he looked any different. Getting Remix out as an ebook and a paperback has been taking all my time recently. But I hope to get back to my horses at some stage.

Sass said...

Hello. I'm new to your blog and I've enjoyed it very much.
My husband and I are attempting to restore our little rocking horse at the moment.
He's almost ready for painting and I'm now looking around for a saddle. I like the saddles I've seen on some UK sites.
Our horse has a saddle block and I'm wondering if I have to restrict myself to the 'nail on' type or can I remove the block and use an ordinary saddle.
What are your thoughts on this?

Lexi said...

Hi Sass, thanks for dropping by.

About your horse - I'd say the answer depends on the make. If you've got an antique, then it would be out of keeping to change the saddle block. Indeed, I'd say it was your duty to preserve as much of the original as possible! I'd advise researching similar horses, and being as authentic as you can.

But if your horse is modern or reproduction, that gives you much more leeway. You can do whatever suits you best, without risking sharp intakes of breath from rocking horse enthusiasts :o)

One problem with detachable saddles is that they need to be secured in some way, or they can slip round dangerously for a child riding on them.

For more detailed advice, you could try the eBay group Rocking Horse Elite:

Good luck with your restoration!

rocking horse said...

Its really hard maintaining a blog. I really enjoyed this, having an interest in rocking horses

Lexi said...

Thank you - I've been distracted by writing and self-publishing.

But I will get back to my horses (and blog) one day :o)

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

I have a message for the webmaster/admin here at

Can I use part of the information from your blog post above if I provide a backlink back to your website?


Lexi said...

Charlie, would you email me (click email me on sidebar) some more information about this?

Andree said...

Hi Lexi, I hope you can take a minute away from your writing to answer a question about the bow rocker. Is there a specific science behind where to place the center of the bow in relation to the horse.I noticed in rocking chairs, the bow extends beyond the back further than the front.I cant seem to find any info online.Is it better to have the bows parallel, or is there a reason that some are wider apart in the center than they are on the ends. I love your website, and found your step by step restoration of Zaphod very interesting.thanks, awaiting your reply. Andree Preston

Lexi said...

Andree, the horse seems to be placed centrally on bow rockers. I imagine with rocking chairs, the bow extends further at the back to avoid tipping over backwards, whereas at the front the occupant's feet act as a stop?

Bow rockers are wider in the middle to give greater stability. The horses are very heavy, and you wouldn't want one tipping over as a child climbed on. Bow rocker horses tend to have their legs more outstretched than those on safety stands, to lower the centre of gravity.

The ends of the bows have a rounded shape to provide a 'stop' to the curve.