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Rocking horses have taken on many styles and shapes over the year, but always retaining an equine angle, But now, a British toy maker has created what may be a world first – a rocking donkey.
Debbie Hinton of Jolly Rockers in Surrey is putting a new spin on the ancient traditional rocking horse by creating rocking donkeys. The rocking donkeys are hand cut, carved and painted, and can be modeled on an individual donkey.
The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust has provided pictures and models for the first of the unique new creations, and for every Rocking Donkey sold a percentage of the sale price will be donated to the charity working to improve the lives of working equines in The Gambia.
With Christmas just around the corner, and people becoming increasingly difficult to buy, this could be the perfect gift for donkey enthusiasts.
The donkeys are about 38.5 inches tall and retail for £1295.
The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust works in a holistic and sustainable way through a variety of community development and educational programmes. These programmes include training of equine professionals as well as school and farmer education programmes and a twice weekly ‘Donkey Club’ that local children can attend with their donkeys.
The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust was established in 2002 by Heather Armstrong and her sister, the Late Stella Brewer Marsden, to improve the health, welfare and productivity of working equines in The Gambia.