Classic Dragon Stick Horse Hobby Horse Ride-On Toy

The buzz of fairies fluttering about as a dragon swoops down to cup a drink of stream water. Atop his back sits a child who has the heart of the dragon as her best friend and the magic they share together enlightens all around them. You smile as you watch your little princess explore her imagination with her toy worries of her falling mid flight from hundreds of feet in the air, but thrilled as you enjoy watching her imagination soar.


-Detailed step by step instructions -Photos that accompany each step -Full size pattern pieces for two sizes (standard and toddler) -Tips for the best results -Optional steps for added detail -List of vendors for items such as the safety bolted eyes I use

Pattern templates print on standard 8.5" x 11" printer paper. Some pieces require joining with tape.


Easy Confident Beginner


Currently only available in English. Measurements are in US Standard Units (inches).


TODDLER: ~26" tall -Dowel is 7/8" diameter -Weighs about 1 pound -Head is ~8" from base of neck to top of the head and ~8" from the nose to neck and ~5" wide plus horn width -Ideal age range up to about 3.5 to 4 years old (varies by child)

STANDARD: ~40" tall *dowel can be cut to a shorter length upon request -Dowel is 1" diameter -Weighs about 2 pounds -Head is ~12 inches from base of neck to top of head (excluding ears) ~12" from nose to neck and ~7" wide plus horn width -Ideal age range around 3.5 to 7+ years old (varies by child)

This is my original design/pattern, designed by me with a trusty pencil, big eraser and paper.

A Rustic Horseshoe Original Design, all rights reserved, copyright 2009-2016.


The pattern/tutorial is copyright protected. It cannot be shared, sold, redistributed, copied, etc, in any manner in whole or in part. A full copyright statement is in the tutorial.

You may make bulls and/or steers from this pattern for sale on a small 'home crafter' scale. I request that credit be given to Rustic Horseshoe for the design on any bulls and/or steers that are sold. This is detailed in the tutorial.

I fully appreciate your honesty and adherence to my copyright and terms, I have put a lot of hard work in to not only the creation of my design, but the creation of this tutorial/pattern.


  • Step by step photos
  • US Imperial Measurement
  • English only
  • Two sizes included
  • Intermediate Sewing level

Materials you need at home:

  • 2/3 canvas, cotton, or minky fabric etc
  • 1/3 yard crepe back satin for spikes
  • 1 pair 42 mm comical safety eyes
  • 16 oz fiber filling
  • 1 inch by 36 inch wooden dowel
  • Sewing machine
  • fabric scissors
  • this isn't a comprehensive list, just the basics needed
Debbie Demarais 25.06.2018, 09:57
  • (5 out of 5 stars)
Thank you so much for the awesome patterns. Just love the pony and the dragon I wish I had purchased all of your patterns when they were on sale for$2 I live on just disability so money is tight. I would like to make two suggestions: First please always put the page numbers and even the pattern title on all of the pages I drop things and it is difficult for me to put them back in order. (Due to a brain injury) The second suggestion is to finish the bottom of the pony or dragon with a small hem. I then put heavy thread or string in the hem. It made gathering the bottom that attaches to the dowel so much easier. I don't have a lot of strength left in my hands and this helped me tremendously. Again I LOVE your patterns Ill be waiting for them to go on sale again so I can make the other "on a stick" animals.. I am definitely a fan. I wasn't sure I could make them due to the brain injury but your direction and photos are great. I did put the ears and horns on wrong but it was an easy fix. Have a great day.

Rustic Horseshoe

I design blueprints to inspire imagination! Embrace your creativity and join me in making a deceptively easy project via one of my sewing patterns and spark a child's imagination. I'm excited to see what you make!

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