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HOTY Family Pony Conga

The Horse of the Year line, or HOTYs as they are called by collectors, came into being in 1989 as the result of more stringent toy regulations.

Early models were of softer rubber similar to the Originals' latex and had wired legs. Later models were of a shiny, hard yet slightly flexible plastic and the legs were not wired.

The plastic of the more recent HOTY line is more matte and is slightly softer; the newest mould, the New Cob, is made of some sort of rubber and is flexable, though not poseable.

These models are factory-made and have fairly simple paint jobs. They often came in sets with tack, rugs, and sometimes even riders.

Many of the HOTY moulds have been adapted as Originals.