Horse hair on the hide for rocking horse manes and tails.

Sallys Rocking Horses Ltd

Rocking Horse Hair for Manes and Tails.

Rocking horse hair for replacing manes and tails on antique rocking horses. This is the traditional method, nailing natural horse hair on the hide on to the neck of a rocking horse. Some contemporary rocking horses have "slotted" necks to take

This is all natural horse hair on the hide. It has been specially treated by a specialist taxidermist to be free of odours and toxins. This is the traditional way rocking horse manes and tails were put on, though synthetic hair is available, we believe it lacks the appearance and texture of the "real thing".

Every tail is different. Beside the main colours, Black, Chestnut, Blonde, Silver Grey, there are many combinations of them, such as piebald. Hair length, thickness and texture can also vary.

We try to offer as wide a range as possible, so if you have particularly special preferences please email Sally or phone 01938 561363 for more details.

  • Black rocking horse hair on the hide.
    Black mane
  • Chestnut rocking  horse hair on the hide
    Chestnut mane
  • White replacement horse hair on the hide
    White/Blonde mane
  • Grey horse hair for rocking horses
    Grey mane
  • cow hair on rocking horse
    Cow hair









  • Whole tails on the hide

    Buying a whole tail on the hide can be a cheaper way of replacing the hair on a rocking horse and gives you the option of cutting the hide they way you want it. Hides are very variable, not only for colour, but hair length, thickness and the thickness of the hide itself. Sorting all these variables out is not easy, so I've graded them by the length of the hide as small, medium or large. Generally if the hair is fairly luxuriant, these hides will cut to do more than one rocking horse. I despatch larger hides than the one ordered if the hair is less luxuriant, the intention being that you should recieve the same amount of hair.

     

      Black rocking horse hair on the hide.
    • Small hides have a length of up of 11" and should be suitable for either two small horses or a medium one. Hair length at the tail should be about 18".

    • Medium hides have a length of between 11" and 16" and should be suitable for either two medium horses or one large one. Hair length should be about 20".

    • Large hides have a length of over 16" and should be suitable for two large horses, or a number of small or medium horses. Hair length should be about 24".

    • Chestnut rocking  horse hair on the hide
    • Small hides have a length of up of 11" and should be suitable for either two small horses or a medium one. Hair length at the tail should be about 18".

    • Medium hides have a length of between 11" and 16" and should be suitable for either two medium horses or one large one. Hair length should be about 20".

    • Large hides have a length of over 16" and should be suitable for two large horses, or a number of small or medium horses. Hair length should be about 24".

    • White replacement horse hair on the hide
    • Small hides have a length of up of 11" and should be suitable for either two small horses or a medium one. Hair length at the tail should be about 18".

    • Medium hides have a length of between 11" and 16" and should be suitable for either two medium horses or one large one. Hair length should be about 20".

    • Large hides have a length of over 16" and should be suitable for two large horses, or a number of small or medium horses. Hair length should be about 24".







    Everyone has different ideas about hair length on a rocking horse, for some moderation is the aim, others may want to produce a yeti! If you want really long hair, buy the larger size and perhaps don't expect to do more than one horse out of it. For someone wanting a more understated finish, they may get more than one horse out of the same hide.

    Please note, getting greys is difficult at the moment, I can offer piebalds, which are highly variable mixtures of black and white, cut well they make passable alternatives to grey, available on request by phone or email. Slightly less grey, as it where, are "drizzles", essentially black with flecks of chestnut or blonde in them. Like I mentioned, every horse is different.










Information on selecting, cutting and fitting horse hair manes and tails on rocking horses.

Colours

Coming from living animals, hair colour can vary in detail. Generally we provide tails to match the example photographed. However if you are looking for something different, we can usually find tails with combinations of the main colours described. Beware however that how such tails "cut" requiries some experience.
Piebalds for example usually run from white/blonde down to black, on some tails this can cut as a black tail and white mane, although we try to source piebalds that show some graduation from one colour to another.



Length of hide/hair

On a tail the hair length increases down the hide. The shorter hair at the top is usually cut to make forelocks, the bottom few inches are cut to make tails, as the hair is longest here. The middle part therefore goes into making a mane.
Generally about 1" width is needed to make a mane or forelock piece. This thickness depends on the size of the rocking horse and length and thickness of the hair. The hair on the immediate sides of the tail may be shorter and is best trimmed off if a longer looking mane is desired.
On larger tails it may still be possible to cut up to three lengths all about 1" wide down the tail. Depending on hair length and any colour variation a rocking horse mane may be made up of several lengths added together. A large tail with long hair may easily provide two or even three tails, each should be cut full width from the bottom of the tail, about two inches long.



Cutting the Hide

A very sharp craft knife is essential and a hard board or surface to cut on. The hide needs to be softened by soaking in warm water overnight. Start by scoring the underside where you want to cut. When you then go to complete the cut, try and lift the hide off the board you are cutting on as you cut through, so as not to slice off the hair on the other side. Cutting the tail lengthways is not so critical as the hair is running in the direction of the cut rather than across it and so tends not to get sliced off.
Fit the hide whilst still wet and soft, as it dries it will harden and take to shape of the surface it has been secured to.



Fitting Tails

Tails are fitted by wrapping the hide round a tapered dowel and inserting in the hole in the rocking horses rump for this purpose. Selecting a suitable sized dowel can be trial and error as it depends on the thickness of the hide itself and the size of the hole. Ideally the dowel should go nearly all the way in with a moderate amount of tapping. A loose fit will invariably come out , so take care to get a firm fit. As the rocking horse is made of blocks fitted together, care is also needed to ensure that the dowel does not force the blocks to open. Any fine gesso cracks appearing in this area are a sign that the dowel has been pushed in too tightly.

Generally a firm fit should be sufficient, as the hide dries and hardens it will be quite secure. However many people like to tap a thin nail in through the dowel to secure it into place. A small hole should be drilled into the dowel for this purpose beforehand, as dowel tends to split when being nailed.



After Care

Whilst still soft and wet the hair tends to be loose in the hide. Allowing the hide to dry and harden, about 3/4 weeks, is essential before any grooming can be carried out. Hair loss can be expected, especially during this period, but this should be minimal.
Whilst occassional grooming is part and parcel of rocking horse play, it should be as gentle as possible. Generally a mane should last up to twenty years or more, though the degree of thinning is an asthetic judgement on any future replacement.



Sallys Rocking Horses Ltd. Registered with Companies House No 5351212
Registered Address 1 Shepherds Yard, Chirbury, Shropshire SY15 6BH
Tel (01938) 561363
Email sally@sallysrockinghorses.com
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