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Breyer Horses: Toy Horses

Updated on July 21, 2013

Breyer Horses for Sale

I love Breyer horses. As a child, I collected Breyer horses of every sort. I never did have the Breyer barns or stables, but I made my own out of cardboard. This hobby continued through early adulthood. As an adult, I bred, raised, and trained horses on a small scale, mostly Appaloosas and Quarter Horses. This was my dream come true! I really loved the excitement and anticipation waiting for an Appy foal to be born because we never had a clue what the baby might look like. Breeding Appaloosas for color is often a crapshoot. For example, we bred our leopard stud to our blanket mare, and their first offspring was a solid bay colt – not a single spot. Over the years, these two parents also produced some very colorful foals. We bred the same stud to a solid bay mare and got a bay filly, but after a few months, she developed a snowflake coat. What does all this have to do with Breyer horses?

My Experience with Breyer Horses

When I was raising horses, I wanted one of the Breyer horses that resembled every horse I had. Sometimes this was easy, but sometimes it wasn’t. This was especially true with the Appaloosas. Appaloosas are so unique in their coat patterns that it’s often difficult to find a model horse to match exactly. I finally solved this problem on my own.

I had a wonderful Appaloosa mare named “Regal Rain.” She was a reining and barrel champion – the fastest horse I’ve ever ridden. She also had a sweet disposition, and she was beautiful. I desperately wanted a Breyer horse to represent her, but I couldn’t find one. Although Regal was a registered Appaloosa, she had the head and conformation of an Arabian. She was white with gray spots over her rump. I found a white Arabian mare in the Breyers collection that looked very much like Regal, but it didn’t have any spots. My solution was to buy the Breyers model and add my own spots! I used gray acrylic paint to add the spots, using Regal as my model. It turned out beautiful, and it looked just like my mare.

After the successful experience with that Breyers horse model, I was unstoppable. I created horse models to represent many of the horses I’d owned. I eventually acquired quite a collection of Breyer horses! Sometimes I’d just have to add spots, a star, a blaze, or socks. Sometimes I’d have to paint the entire horse model and add other markings like spots.

I used to paint Breyer horses to match our Appaloosas.
I used to paint Breyer horses to match our Appaloosas.

About Breyer Horses

Breyer Horses have been around for a long time, since 1950. Breyer Animal Creations made their first horse model for Woolworth’s, the famous five-and-dime stores. Once folks saw the beautiful creations, they wanted one, too. Breyer model horses are quality products. The horses aren’t mass produced by machines. Each one is crafted by hand, then it’s hand painted with brushes and airbrushes. One of the most amazing things about Breyers horses is that no two horse models are exactly alike, which makes them very collectable.

Breyer Horses as Gifts

Breyer horses make great gifts. If you know a little girl who’s horse crazy, she’ll love receiving a Breyers horse as a birthday or Christmas present. If she has her own horse or pony, find a horse model to match. Breyer horses also make good gifts for adults. These beautiful horses can be displayed on shelves or in curio cabinets and will compliment a variety of decors. If your adult gift recipient is a horse owner, why not present him or her with a Breyer’s horse that looks just like his flesh-and-blood equine? Such a thoughtful gift would be greatly appreciated!

Breyer Horses as Horse Toys

Breyer models can also function as horse toys. When I was a kid, I could spend the entire day playing with my Breyer horses. I’d make stables for them by standing books on end or by using cardboard boxes, and I’d have my Barbie dolls ride them. This was back in the sixties, before Barbie had bendable legs, so getting Barb to sit a horse wasn’t an easy task.

Today’s kids are lucky! You can buy all sorts of stuff to go with Breyer horses now. Some of these include stables, barns, horse trailers, saddles, bridles, corrals, veterinary hospitals, and more. Oh, and you can buy riders, too, so you won't have to torture poor Barbie. Check out the Breyer horses below, and see more Breyer accessories by clicking on any of the displayed items.

Breyer Horses and Breyer Accessories:


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      5 years ago

      Hi, I have a Breyer appy stud (w/Arab head) that I can't find to identify. Can't post a pic here but if anyone might know would you email me and I can send you a picture. Thank you for your help!

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      Hello, hello, 

      6 years ago from London, UK

      Another beautifuly hub about these lovely animals. Thank you, Holly. You are lucky to have them.

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      6 years ago from Georgia

      I had a few Breyer horses when I was a kid, and so did my older sister. Now I'm wondering what ever happened to them? Wish I had them now so I could give them to my little girl. She's already showing signs of being a horse lover, just like I was!

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Now I know what to get for the person who has everything. Thanks for sharing. Flag up!

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      Holle Abee 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, Clover!

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      6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi habee,

      These Breyer Horses are just so cute, I can understand why they have been a passionate hobby of yours. Thanks for the great gift ideas, too! Voted up!


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      Holle Abee 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Cardissa! I'm still "horse crazy," too!

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      Holle Abee 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      rwelton, you should have taken advantage of the situation by starting your own mounted cavalry with the Breyer horses! lol. Thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Lizzy - Alas, I'm horseless now, too. We moved to town, and I don't think my neighbors would like a horse in our back yard. Of course, we do have two Great Danes that are almost as big as ponies! lol

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      Holle Abee 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      True, Allana, but I wasn't concerned with their value as collectibles. I just wanted Breyer horses to look like my real horses! lol

      Wish I still had the one I painted to look like the mare I described above. She was a wonderful horse. She was killed several years back when she was gored by a bull while working cattle.

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      Holle Abee 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Lol, Katie - glad I'm not the only one who forced Barbie onto Breyer horses! I was so glad when benadable-leg Barbie came out!

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      I am a little girl who is horse crazy so maybe I could get one of those for

      I just love horses!

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      6 years ago from Sacramento CA


      How cool is paint your own models. My sister had tons of those when she was little...they would trample my army men...ha


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      Liz Elias 

      6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Interesting! I loved (still love) horses, and had quite a few models. However, I was more of a 'typical kid,' and did not know or pay attention to the names of the model makers.

      I still have a few, but they are packed away somewhere. Others, I gave away years ago. Still, they are the only horses I've ever owned. I was born & raised a city girl, stuck with admiring horses from a distance, or riding the very occasional rental nag. ...

      They are beautiful, graceful animals, but just not in my budget. I will content myself with continuing to admire them from a distance.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Allana Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Interesting. Good job with figuring out how to customize your models to match real-life horses! Although, I would think that will diminish their actual worth if you were to collect them. But still, it's nice to have what you want.

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      6 years ago from Rural Iowa

      Oh Boy! Do I remember the days of trying to get Barbie to ride my Breyers! What a fun memory. I only have a few of my Breyer horses left from the good old days. Can't seem to part with them. Thanks for the fun Hub.


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