Review: Po-Knee for Toddler Knee Rides

Photo of my son riding Po-Knee atop my leg.The true power of a blog is its ability to capture bad haircuts for all posterity. But I digress.

Behold Po-Knee, a plush horse you mount on your leg for bouncing your child.

Don’t be surprised I am reviewing such a thing. Be surprised that my wife can’t tell the difference between 50 cents and $5 when reading a garage sale tag.

It was a warehouse-style sale with an armload of loot, so the tag went unnoticed until a man inspected the merchandise at home.

Dads know what I’m talking about… like when you go clothing shopping with your wife and she carefully studies a garment for 10 minutes. You walk up, look at the heretofore untouched price tag and move on because nothing is worth that price.


The Po-Knee is a 20-inch-long plush horse that nestles over your leg, snugly cradling your knee. It fastens with two wide Velcro straps that cinch tight.

Mount your baby on your leg, encourage him to hold the horse’s reins, and then bounce your leg. Squeeze the horse’s ear to hear a brief neigh and galloping sound.

In practice, your kid may ignore the reins and you will surely grip your child’s waist to be sure he doesn’t fall.

I confess my 14-month-old son loves the Po-Knee. Scream-if-you-take-it-away love.

Photo of my son sitting on Po-Knee on the floor.

And when Po-Knee is on the floor, he’ll climb aboard and hug the horse. But to be fair, he hugs any stuffed animal with the same degree of affection. The only difference is that he hasn’t learned to pick up and throw Po-Knee yet. All in good time…

Photo of my son sitting on the floor with Po-Knee, leaning his head against the horse and hugging it.

We plan to sell the horse at our own garage sale soon. Po-Knee’s key failings are that he’s yet another baby thing to store, and my boy has fun bouncing on my knee even if I don’t have a carcass strapped to it.

When I profiled this product in 2006, a variety of horse breeds were available. Today, the manufacturer’s website has been scaled back and only lists the donkey from Shrek. However, various horses can still be purchased (for the moment) at retailers that haven’t run out of stock. Po-knee can be had for as little as $30 today.

Oh, and here’s a third key failing… there is no way to capture a keepsake photo of father and son using Po-Knee without Dad looking like a horse’s ass. Once you see yourself using the Po-Knee, the sobering power of photography will have you organizing your own garage sale.


7 Responses to “Review: Po-Knee for Toddler Knee Rides”

  1. AJ says:

    I’m very disappointed no one lashed out at me for my sexist rhetoric. What must I do to get attention?

    June 8th, 2009 at 10:58 am

  2. Allison says:

    I was totally about to…but I ah have been busy all morning and just got to my blog rounds now. Um, for SHAME!

    Also the picture of your son hugging the pony is really really cute :)

    June 8th, 2009 at 12:18 pm

  3. MoJo says:

    Geez…you could of had ours for free! I remember seeing it on Oprah about 5+ years ago and purchasing one for my daughter for xmas that year. I thought it was going to be a hit and she ended up being terrified of it. None of my other kids played with it either, so it has been collecting dust at my mothers house. I will have to remember to sell it next time we have a garage sale.

    June 8th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

  4. PAUL says:

    The only other thing I can think of that the Po-Knee would be good for is some hilarious Godfather pranks. Did these “inventors” also come out with a “Pig-e-Bak”, a set of shouicer pads and head cover with pig ears and snout? I think that would be a really good idea.

    June 9th, 2009 at 9:53 am

  5. JenRae says:

    When I saw that years ago, i thought “what a waste of money!”, but the picture of your son sitting wth it on the floor and hugging it is adorable!!!!!!! I wouldn’t pay more than you did though, for sure!

    June 12th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

  6. Bev says:

    Well, it’s the kind of silly thing that grandmothers buy for grandchildren, but I did and it seems to be a hit. (I assumed that Mommy will strap on the po-knee too, BTW)

    June 16th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

  7. Jasmine says:

    wow thats cute but it looks like it hurts!!!

    July 31st, 2009 at 4:03 pm

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