The horse is probably wood or possibly gutta percha (no plastic in 1859).
Painting the quilted pants on this was a total joy. Sometimes something just "works" and makes everything fabulous. I had also worried about the little horse he is holding, but it actually came off very well. All in all I am almost completely pleased with everything.
I had to do some PhotoShop fudging on areas where I was very careless with my overall design. Sometimes I don't use my light box when I should.
This is so far one of my favorite sets. It was fun to design and fun to paint.
Looking forward to getting more done, so stay tuned!