This might seem like a strange post but I’ve encountered numerous people who do not know how to tell a stationary horse from a “jumper” (one that goes up and down.”) This is a big deal for parents of small children who have to make sure the child can stay on the horse either by themselves or that they are going to be tall enough to hold onto the child if they need assistance at the highest point of the horses jump.
Parents of really small ones take note: only one person per horse is allowed, no exceptions. You and your child can’t ride together. Infants who cannot be held on a horse by their parent (hand-held infants) must ride in one of the two chariots.
If you have two unsure riders like I do right now you can stand between them as they both ride jumpers or stationary horses (only place you can get two stationary horses next to each other is next to the chariots.) It is hard to get one on a jumper and one on a stationary horse since they are staggered on the ride.
Hersheypark’s Carrousel has 66 total horses and of those 66, 42 of them are jumpers. If you want your child to be on a stationary horse, choose the horses to the inside of the chariots or in the outside row.
Stationary horses have thinner poles than jumpers, but to know for sure if your horse is stationary or a jumper you have to look up. The stationary horses have a straight pole anchored to the top of the carousel. The jumpers have a straight pole attached to a twisting mechanism – 3 horses will be joined together and will alternate between high and low points. See the photos below for what you will see on each when you look up.