The manufacturer is out of business and replacement rubber bands cannot be found.
This instructable will demonstrate how I made replacement bands out of bungee material.
DISCLAIMER: This instructable just documents what I did. I do not recommend anyone do this. Please don’t do this yourself and especially do not allow a child to use a rocking horse or zebra that has been modified. These bands have not been tested for safety or performance by the manufacturer or anyone who knows what they’re doing. I cannot be held responsible for any injuries or deaths that result from someone attempting to perform the steps outlined here.
While I have tested the outcome personally (I weigh 200 lbs) and my child has ridden the horse without failure, I am not a toy manufacturer and therefore do not recommend anyone do the same. I did this solely for decorative purposes only, so that the horse looks presentable. I do not allow or recommend anyone ride the horse.
Step 1: Materials
Heavy Duty 32” Bungee Cord
- My hardware store sells this by the foot, but they were out of stock so I just took a pre-made one apart.
- Hog Rings (2)
Total Cost: @$4.00 per band
Step 2: Take Apart Bungee Cord
I needed bare bungee cord, so I had to remove the metal hooks and metal rings that held the cord together.
I slid the metal hooks down to expose the metal rings that hold the cord together. I broke the rings by squeezing it in vice back and forth until it broke. The hooks can then be removed easily.
Step 3: Loop and Secure
Step 4: Remove the Old Rubber Band
After the band is removed, the end piece is put back in place and screwed back in to the peg.