PonyCycle Ride-On Pony Review: Is it Worth It?

Thursday, January 3, 2019
I am always on the lookout for the latest and greatest toys, especially ones that make good gifts (we're always looking for gift ideas, right?). Well, I found one of the best ride-on toys out there, and it's called PonyCycle!

Disclaimer: I was sent a free sample of PonyCycle to try out, but like I always say, I wouldn't recommend something to you unless I totally loved it myself. And this pony is truly awesome. This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. You can read more about affiliate links on my Disclosure page.

What is PonyCycle?

PonyCycle is a ride-on plush pony (it comes in other animal varieties, too, including a zebra, tiger, and unicorn, just to name a few). No batteries, no electrical charges- it's powered totally by the rider, moving up and down with their feet on the pedals. You can also steer it left or right by moving the head with the handles. How cool is that?

You might have seen PonyCycle in rental facilities, where you can pay a fee to try them out (usually at malls or shopping centers). But you can own your very own PonyCycle, too.

Photo from PonyCycle website

PonyCycle is a great way to get exercise. They can even help improve balance and coordination, at least in this mom's opinion! All you have to do is push on those little pedals that you see in the photo below.

PonyCycle comes in various sizes and there are different series (some with light-up wheels, fancier saddles and manes, etc.). The PonyCycle we tested out was the medium sized classic PonyCycle in light brown with white hooves. He is recommended for ages 4-9.

Things to Note About PonyCycle:

-There is some minor assembly required. PonyCycle arrives in pieces so the head needs to be fixed onto the body. Instructions were clear and we didn't have any problems with assembly.

-PonyCycle doesn't reverse or go backwards, but you can steer it, so not being able to reverse has been no issue for us. We actually like this better, as this prevents you from accidentally running over your feet with the pony wheels.

-PonyCycle is well made and sturdy, so it is not something that can easily tip over or fall. It operates with a simple up and down movement that any child can do. You don't need to pedal like a bicycle, just push the pedals to get it to move.

-Despite what you might think, it does not scratch floors. We have hardwood floors and my son has been riding this thing all over the place! Not a single scratch. It can also go over our dining room carpet, although it is a little more challenging to push forward on it than the floor.

-You can take PonyCycle outdoors but it's not meant to be left outside, so just be sure to park it in your 'corral' when you're done with your ride, 'pardner!

-PonyCycle has no brakes, so I wouldn't recommend riding him downhill! But when riding on a flat surface, PonyCycle stops easily if you just stop pushing the pedals.

My son is 10 and I did not expect him to fall in love with Pony Cycle. I thought he was 'too big' for it and 'too grown up.' I couldn't have been more wrong! My kiddo loves this pony. He's been riding it in circles all over the house, even up to the refrigerator.

I love that he can play indoors on it in bad weather, and get exercise on rainy, cold or snowy days.

PonyCycle is a conversation starter- everyone who visits wants to try it out! Accept no imitations. There are other pony ride-on toys out there, but in my opinion, PonyCycle is the best of the best.

Visit PonyCycle on their website and follow them on their social channels for all of the latest PonyCycle info, too!

Where to Get a PonyCycle

PonyCycle is available through Amazon links on the PonyCycle website, or through my own Amazon affiliate links here. You can check out the different varieties of PonyCycle in my Amazon shopping links below, too.


  1. I wish my son was younger, this horse is adorable!

  2. Hello, thank you for this post! could you possibly help advise on size for my granddaughters? I have a 2 and a 3 year old that are just 35 and 38 inches tall. torn between getting them the small or the medium. with the small it would fit, but with the medium maybe i could put the pedal risers, and they could ride longer? my 7 1/2 year old is a tall 52" girl and didn't know if i should get the medium or if I should spend the money for the taller version recommended for 7+ and older?

    1. Hi there! Thanks for reading and commenting. It's a tough call because you want them to be comfortable riding but at the same time, it would be a shame to outgrow it quickly. If I were buying I think I would go for the medium, personally. You're getting one for them to share, right? If you're getting two then I would go with the medium for the younger child and the taller one for the 7 1/2 year old. If you're just getting one then I'd stick with the medium. I hope that helps!


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