Lancaster designer James Mackie is working hard to get the historic shop sign up to scratch.
The ornamental animal is undergoing its first strip down, with its mane and tail removed and the original fixing channels being cleared.
It was removed from the building, most recently occupied by The Enchanted Kids Company, on New Street last September.
Visitors and residents were left wondering when and if their rocking horse would return.
The listed shop sign was the last memoir of the Lawsons toy business, owned by Matt and Liz Mackay, which was set up in 1837 - the same year the Lancaster Guardian was founded.
James is estimating the project will take a few months to complete.
Once restored the rocking horse will return to the shop on New Street.