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The Evolution of the Daddy Saddle

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Sure, we’d thought about placing our kids on our hip but history shows us that playing “horsey” predates our sidesaddle ways.

We’ve been seeing the resurgence of a device for some time around the Internetz so we wanted to review it a bit more. Introducing… the Daddy Saddle, or “Daddle” for short.

Does that kid have A GUN? HE’S GOT A GUN.

The Daddy Saddle is the epitome of First World contrivances. For years, kids said “giddyup” and Dads did so. They got on all-fours and perched their kids on their backs, unsure that their progeny could hold on tight enough. They grabbed a shirt, a collar or back hair, if it was available.

The photo to the right is an ad by the makers of the Daddy Saddle, Kenner, from 1965. Notice the pride in the boy’s eyes. He finally conquered Dear Ole Dad.

You get all of the benefits of equine companionship sans the dung, constant eating, and whinnying. Well, maybe not the dung.

Apparently, the Daddle has adapted over time. What started out as a vinyl contraption with straps has now become a full-fledged, soft-stuffed version of the real thing.

They also recommend knee pads. Go figure.

While we love horseplay and imagination, do we need a saddle?

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17 Comments

17 Responses to “The Evolution of the Daddy Saddle”

  1. mikes says:

    YeeeeHelllllNooooo !!! :)

    Notice that it was $5 in 1965 and is now $35. Shouldn’t it be about $10 now? Where are the Chinese when we need them?

    My kids actually prefer riding on my shoulders. Once we got a system down which consistently avoid them running into door frames. They did learn the command “duck!” pretty early on, I have to say. [proud daddy smile]

  2. mikes says:

    Oh, and $9 for shipping !

  3. The comments on the item on Amazon are amazing!

  4. Liz says:

    I just can’t imagine my husband saying, “hold on, kiddo, let me strap on the saddle before you climb up there!”. And I can’t imagine hearing it without falling down laughing. I mean seriously, how long do we expect a kid to stay up there? I would imagine the saddle is only really necessary if you’re going to be riding several miles…..

  5. Lacey Sutton says:

    I’d rather get him a pony…. and me a pony too :)

  6. Cory says:

    I’ve told my wife (and mother of my twin boys), that the boys may be thinking they’re riding a horsey, but they’re really riding a jackass. :-)

    Seriously though, it should not need to be formalized into a Daddle unless maybe your children are serious cowboys fans (not the football kind). Playing horsie should be impromptu and spontanenous. Having a daddle almost seems like you’re preparing the kid for some kind of dressage training.

    When my child is amused by a cardboard drink carrier, why should I plunk down money on a device that should be an impromptu game anyway. Seriosuly, are there parents out there that have planned “horsey” time? Don’t ask me, I’m not even 1 year into this adventure yet.

    • Stefan says:

      Weeeell…. seeing as there are parents who try to plan the first lemon, the first boy- or girlfriend and sometimes plan for the kids moving out even BEFORE THEY ARE BORN, I wouldn’t be surprised if some parents actually planned on horseplay *snigger*

      And I agree – horsey should be spontaneous and fun, if you actually manage to play ;)

  7. Mimi says:

    Seriously??!!? I thought this was fake at first! yeah, there is no need for a contraption like this.

  8. Elaine says:

    I had no idea they had one of these. In my experience daddy-playing-horse was always a spontaneous thing. If it was necessary to take time putting on the daddle, the rider would have been without a “horsey.”

  9. Jenn says:

    I had no idea that daddy saddles existed…I feel kind of cheated that my dad didn’t have one! LOL

  10. Ben says:

    My father purchased a Daddle when I was boy. Now that I am a father, I’m still in therapy twice a week.

  11. Cathy says:

    Really?? I think that this would get old pretty fast for the horsey, but it would be fun while it lasted. What are the dimensions on this contraption – would it fit a person with a 30″ waist?

  12. Gale says:

    Oh my word…even comes with knee pads for dad! Ha!

  13. bomar says:

    i’m bomer i’m 65 years old. my neighbour’s daughter play with me…. once a day she wants to play horseie. she played with me. now she 11 year old. agai she wants to play horsie with me. how can i buy it?????

  14. Len Fullmoon says:

    … You know someone is getting off to this. Thats the really disturbing part. ._.;

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