My dad got this for my daughter for Christmas this year, she was about 21.5 months old when she got him, and it was love at first sight! For about a week we helped her climb on and off, showing her where to put her hands and feet, and before long she was climbing up like a pro!
One thing about Blaze that we didn't know is that the mouth sensor is light-activated. If the room is too dark, the sensor won't "see" that you are passing a carrot in front of it, so it doesn't make the chomping sound. One night we had the lights on and then turned them off to watch a movie, and Blaze started chomping away but no one was near him! So if you think Blaze has a chomping problem, just turn the lights in the room up a little more and try again.
WE LOVE BLAZE!
We bought Blaze for our 18 month old and although he needs direct supervision while riding (which we anticiapted) he loves his horse. He especially enjoys feeding Blaze and brushing his hair! He also has a smaller radio flyer floor rocking horse which he still uses.