I made the first one of these for my baby daughter before she was actually born. I thought it was a great little toy for beginners to start on a sewing machine. Using a striped fabric will make your horse into a zebra. I have gotten pictures from a child who did this as her first sewing project!
When I was six my grandfather needed to get me out of his hair so he taught me to thread a needle and make a pillow... It was really just destiny after that!