A black toy horsey is an item made as a joke by Jagex, poking fun at the requests made by players to have horses. It was released on 1 April 2004 as part of the 2004 April Fools joke.
Toy horseys are obtainable from Diango for 150 coins each and come in three other colours: white, grey, and brown. Black toy horseys can also be bought from Rasolo the Wandering Merchant. Members can also make one from a plank on any crafting table in their player-owned house. This requires a Crafting level 10 and gives 15 experience.
A player plays with his brown toy horsey.
When playing with the horsey, an animation appears showing the character playing with it. Text appears above the character's head saying, Just say neigh to gambling!
The text displayed when playing with the horsey used to be three horse related-phrases: Come on Dobbin, we can win the race!;; Hi-ho Silver, and away!; or Neaahhhyyy! Giddy-up horsey! However, this was changed to its current form on 13 January 2012 in response to the item's use in gambling games. The same sentence always appears, preventing the use of the item in gambling. Before it was modified, these items became popular for use in the "Horse Game", a gambling game that arose after the dice bag (and dicing) was banned and taken away from the game. Players would bet on which phrase would appear when the horsey was played with. While the payouts were larger (often three or four times cash offered for winning), the chances of winning decrease from 45% (a 55+ roll of the dice) to only 33% (1/3 chance of correct phrase) while playing the "Horse Game", but this is often made up for by increasing the payback above 2x. This method, along with other forms of currently existing gambling, was often used for scamming until the update.
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- After they were first released, the text used to show up in the public box, allowing people to spam the game chat by repeatedly playing with their toy horsey; this was fixed by Jagex on 13 January 2012.