I bought 2 of these as new baby presents, one for a boy and the other for a girl. The instructions for putting the rocking horse together are quite clear and it doesn't take that long to do if you are used to doing these kinds of things. When assembled they are sturdy pieces and look absolutely beautiful. Very traditional looking and suitable for either a boy or girl. Nice size and because of the rail round the seat it can be used from the baby can sit up and hold on (with supervision of course!) All in all a lovely product for a great price. Both sets of parents were very pleased with them and commented on receiving such an original gift.