I have never rode a carousel in my childhood or if I have ever, I don't remember. Now, at the brink of touching 30, it's too late to go for the fun ride. However, I see a lot of carousels in California: in the LA zoo, the South Coast Plaza mall, the Great Park Balloon etc. etc. and it amuses me to watch the kids having a gala time riding the swing on all sorts of odd creatures, the pigs, pandas, fishes, boars, rabbits, frogs, tigers...Out of the menagerie of critters, horses seem to me the ideal, graceful mount...Check the many faces of the stallions..