ERTL


I believe this company is based in China but am not sure. This company originally only produced small rubbery plastic model horses and farm animals about Stablemate size or smaller. They included two types of model horses, each of a different quality. The nicest original models are the "Collectible Animals" horses, which come in sets of an adult and a foal of different breeds. These are about Stablemate sized and nicely detailed with pretty good conformation and musculature. The lesser quality horses are in their "Big Farm," "Farm Country," "Shed Playset", and "Riding Stable" sets. They stand from 1" tall to near-Stablemate size and lack the detail of the larger models.

Ertl began producing Traditional-sized model horses in 1997; these large plastic horses are, I believe, made from a brittle plastic unlike Breyer's more flexible tenite, but they are very inexpensive to collect. The new large Ertls also have hair manes and tails something like Mattel's "Barbie" horses, but Ertls are more realistic than Mattel's horses.

Alicia reports (5/05) that Ertl created a traditional scale line, in two series, called Treasured Horses Collection. I have no specifics which pieces were in which series.

Above: Bay standing horse, part of the "Big Farm," "Riding Stable," and "Shed Playset" sets. Photo provided by Julia Lord


Traditional-Sized Tennessee Walking Horse
Photo scanned in from a promotional flier

Traditional-Sized Tennessee Walking Horse
Shown with packaging. Photo by Patricia Lee.

Traditional-Sized Arabian
Photo scanned in from a promotional flier

Traditional-Sized Quarter Horse
Photo scanned in from a promotional flier

Traditional-Sized Quarter Horse
Photo scanned in from a promotional flier

Traditional-Sized Morgan
Photo scanned in from a promotional flier

Traditional-Sized Morgan
Photo scanned in from a promotional flier

Appaloosa traditional scale
Photo provided by Alicia.

Appaloosa traditional scale
Black Appaloosa. Photo provided by Alicia.

Mustang traditional scale
Photo provided by Alicia.

Pinto traditional scale
Photo provided by Alicia.

Thoroughbred traditional scale
Photo provided by Alicia

Clydesdale traditional scale
Photo provided by Alicia.

Clydesdale traditional scale
Photo provided by Alicia.

Lipizzan traditional scale
Image provided by Alicia.


Stablemate-Sized Tennessee Walking Mare and foal
Shown with packaging. Photo by Patricia Lee.

Stablemate-sized Tennessee Walking Mare
Photo by Dainelle Kinsel.

Stablemate-sized Tennessee Walking foal
Photo by Danielle Kinsel. Breyer Scrambling foal in background.

Quarter Horse Stallion in Chestnut
Shown as "Sam Dandy," and owned by Lissa Wickham

Quarter Horse in Bay
Shown as "Poco Nicho " and owned by Lissa Wickham

Quarter Horse in brown
Purchased in January 2006. Made by Ertl for their "John Deere" collection. SM size. Photo provided by Danielle Kinsel.

Paint Stallion
Part of the "Collectible Animals" collection; this model comes with the foal below. Photo provided by Julia Lord

Paint Foal
Part of the "Collectible Animals" collection; this model comes with the stallion above. Photo provided by Julia Lord


Thoroughbred Mare
Part of the "Collectible Animals" collection; this model comes with the foal below. Photo provided by Julia Lord

Thoroughbred Foal
Part of the "Collectible Animals" collection; this model comes with the mare above. Photo provided by Julia Lord

Thoroughbred Foal in Brown
Shown as "Riesen," and owned by Lissa Wickham


Clydesdale Stallion in Bay
Shown as "McLeod," and owned by Lissa Wickham

Clydesdale Stallion in Chestnut
Known as Russian Heavy Draft. Shown as Alexis. SM size. Photo provided by Danielle Kinsel.

Percheron Stallion in Dapple Grey
Shown as "Jean Paul," and owned by Lissa Wickham

Percheron Foal in Dapple Grey
Shown as "Jon Luc," and owned by Lissa Wickham

Mare & Foal
Part of the "Big Farm," "Riding Stable," and "Shed Playset" sets. Photo provided by Julia Lord

Trotting Horse
Part of the "Big Farm," "Riding Stable," and "Shed Playset" sets. Photo provided by Julia Lord

Trotting Appaloosa
Shown as "Crazy On You" Bay spotted blanket Appaloosa mare. This is one of the oldest Ertl molds, before the horses became more "realistic" in type. Pre-2000. SM size. Photo by Danielle Kinsel.

Grey Standing Horse
Part of the "Big Farm," "Riding Stable," and "Shed Playset" sets. Photo provided by Julia Lord

Standing Horse
Part of the "Farm Country" and "Riding Stable" sets. Photo provided by Julia Lord

Standing Horse
Part of the "Farm Country" and "Riding Stable" sets. Photo provided by Julia Lord

Jumper
Part of the "Farm Country" and "Riding Stable" sets. Photo provided by Julia Lord

Zebra
Shown as "Mambo King," Plains Zebra gelding owned by Traci Durrell-Khalife

Lippizan
Shown as "Maestoso Capriola," owned by Sher Bechtold

Lippizan
Shown as "Maestoso Alea," owned by Sher Bechtold



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