These horses are meant to resemble their Japanese wooden counterparts. In Japan, these toys are painted in a variety of colors and have tufts of hair added to them. These horses have their origins in Japanese folklore. Today, in addition to decorative purposes, a black horse can symbolize strength while white is typically associated with longevity.
Growing up around a lot of these old toys, I wanted to create my own. Without access to traditional woodworking tools, I took to modeling software to create these in a way I know how to.
There are small holes in the models to add hair. Any brush-like material, like those from the ends of brooms can work. Just cut the fibers add a little glue and stuff them into the hole.
Three different horses are included in this item. Each toy horse is modeled after different regions in the country: Yahata, Chagu, and Kinoshita.
The horses are approximately 1 in x 4.5 in x 3.3 in, 1 in x 3.2 in x 2.6 in, and 1 in x 3.8 in x 3.2 in respectively. They can be scaled up or down in size pretty reliably. These models require supports to be added.
I love creating things including tabletop games and cosplay. Most of the designs I post here will be models that help with or improve these hobbies. Occasionally, more random designs may find their way into the mix. If you would like my help on designing something, just let me know. I'm open to commissions of all shapes and sizes. Don't forget to follow me on social media for the latest news and say hi! I'd love to connect.