Merry-go-rounds might be called a variety of names, including roundabouts and carousels. Whatever the term, merry-go-rounds have been a popular attraction for generations. People of virtually every age can hop aboard a merry-go-round to enjoy a ride, and merry-go-rounds come in many different styles and themes to appeal to just about anyone.
Generally, rocking horses are carved fairly plain compared to a carousel horse which is "extra carved" having more detail. The carousel horse has the mane, tail, and saddle all carved with the body, where as, the rocking horse will most likely have real hair and a leather saddle.
The paintwork will be very different and often very ornate.