Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
Po-Knee Plush Horse for Toddler Knee Rides
Why bounce your toddler on your bare knee when you can bounce him on the plush front-end of a horse on your knee? No, really… why?
Po-Knee is a plush horse you mount on your leg for bouncing your child. The bottom of Po-Knee is contoured for your leg and is secured with Velcro straps or plastic buckles. Sound effects are provided via a battery pack in a Velcro pouch.
Now, let me answer the question which is on everyone’s mind. From the official Po-Knee (now defunct) Frequently Asked Questions page:
“Does the horse actually move?
No, the up and down movement will be supplied by your knee with the help of your foot.”
I think rocking horses work on a similar principle.
Po-Knee is offered in a variety of breeds. Three remarkable variations include (note: these links no longer function):
- Knee-Biscuit — after Seabiscuit the famous racing horse.
- Talking Donkey — after Eddie Murphy’s character “Donkey” in the movie Shrek.
- Bull Knee — a PBR (Pro Bull Riders) licensed product. Bull Knee is a little disconcerting for its rodeo-inspired marketing pitch: “8 seconds on your knee builds a lifetime of memories.” I could say more, but… I just won’t go there. I won’t.
Whew, so I have a question for Po-Knee owners… how big is your house? Little Miss is only 21 months old and we’ve already donated some of her stuffed animals to make room. A Daddy-O Rodeo shirt may be better suited for space conscious folks such as myself.
OK, so I’ve poked fun thus far, but check out this Inc.com article. It reveals that Po-Knee was conceived by stay-at-home-dad Robert Klick while giving his two-year-old daughter a knee ride. “In full mad-scientist mode, he gutted a rocking horse. Fake fur, toilet paper tubes, and duct tape soon filled his suburban Minneapolis home.”
If Robert had posted photos of his rough first draft home invention on a web site, we’d all be thinking, “How cool is that?” I might have even been inspired to raid a thrift store for a large stuffed pony and gut myself a Po-Knee too. So how can I knock Robert for actually producing a version we can own which doesn’t involve toilet paper tubes and duct tape?
Robert Klick’s son Cameron took a ride during Oprah Winfrey’s Million Dollar Idea Challenge (online video no longer available). The audience full of women had no trouble voting him the winner.