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Horse Tutorial: Part 2
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Published: March 3, 2007
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I felt like doing a second part of the horse tutorial, just cause. And someone wanted tips on movement. I'm no expert, but I reccommend anyone get "How to Draw Animals" by Jack Hamm, cause he goes through ten frames of each movement of each regular gait of the horse. I've internalized them thanks to him.

I also included stuff on gaited horses, because I can never resist letting people know that I own a Peruvian. I used pictures of Chano being worked for reference, because really, a 4-beat gait like his is impossible to get by watching him. Plus, I've tried to tell folks about gaited horses and they're like "What? Your horse is gay?"

I saw gaited riders at the Equine Expo in Texas in 2003, and the riders carried glasses of champage to determine who was the smoothest. A lady who had bragged up and down about her Tennesee Walker spilled her glass in like the first two minutes and ran around bumping into everyone else to make them spill their cup. But the guy on the Peruvian Paso stallion dodged her for the whole race and din't spill a drop. Heh.
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TjaldurDiePferd's avatar
TjaldurDiePferd|Hobbyist General Artist
Trotting doesn't suck if you don't post???
my little dude has the smoothest trot I've ever ridden, I don't need to post.  It either depends on the breed itself or the horse, I'm not sure, the three Arabains I've ridden were all very smooth, the two Walking horse geldings I've ridden were extremely clunky and akin to a giraffe, A LOT of movement in the neck, though this is just my experience, I could go on, but I don't want my comment to be 1000+ words, lol.  The worst experience trotting horses I've ever had was a Welsh C cross, an Appaloosa, and those two before mentioned walking horses, clunky, horrible, all of them made my legs hurt, I just switched to a whole nother gait to avoid their unholy excuse for a trot.  
Though, I admit, it's far more fun to tölt and run (I'm never sure if he is cantering or galloping) than to trot with T.
I can't help but giggle at the lady who had her cup spilled on her Walker, they're not bad, but I heavily prefer any other gaited breed to them, like I said before, very clunky, unless you're near cantering them, it's a very awkward experience for both you and the horse.  
Paso Fino's (seem to energetic lil shits who can't sit still) and Icelandics (best gaited horse I've ever ridden, extremely smooth, calm, some do have fears, but the ones I've been around weren't bred in the US so they were extremely relaxed) seem to have the best gaits IMO.  I would love to ride a Peruvian paso though, I'm afraid Tjaldur is going to be the most "exotic" horse I've seen, I only ever saw two Pasos down where I live, I'm not sure how I'll find a Peruvian Paso.
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PitbuskEdited |Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry I hadn't commented earlier, only now have I looked back to realise there was a part 2! Extremely helpful!
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LadyWinterbolt's avatar
LadyWinterbolt|Professional General Artist
this is just what I needed! Thanks!
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horsesrunfree's avatar
You really know your stuff, don't you? Just wanna know, what are Paso Finos and Peruvian Paso's like?
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OK. I rode a Tennessee Walker once and he was the boniest thing to ride. He was 26-27 years old and very bumpy. The bony part I just mentioned was because I rode him bareback. Not a good idea with this one. His name is Clyde, by the way and his gait is not smooth at all unless you get him going just right and even then, you have to pray for mercy on your poor bottom the whole time!:)
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Droemar's avatar
Paso Finos are smoother, but every one I have ever known were nuts. Super high-strung and difficult to handle, and tended to hurt a lot of their riders.
Peruvian Pasos are still smooth, but they take more work to get them in gait. But in attitude, they are like Quarter Horses. Tractable, intelligent, hardworking, and eager to please. My horse back in the day took very good care of me when I was in the saddle; he knew I was there and became much more focused then he did when he was groundworked.
I would love another Peruvian. I adore them. Paso Finos I will never own again.
Their gaits are also totally different. Paso Finos take a million super tiny steps and sound like machine guns on hard surfaces (look them up on Youtube, they look really weird.) Peruvians have long strides, meant for travel, and move their forelegs similar to a swimmer's arm (called termino.)
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B4LD3REdited |Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Laura, professional and useful tutorial
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MeggzezArt|Hobbyist Digital Artist
The illistations are adorable :aww:
The only issue is a gallop is a 4 best gait and would be more compared to a canter rather then a lope. A lope is usually something that western riders prefer and i do believe a proper lope has 4 beats instead of 3. And both a canter/lope have to be taught to the horse to properly perform them. As they are not a natural gate. Such as properly changing leads and what not. But I do appreciate the illustrations you have here they will help me In the future for drawing non stylized pieces :heart: thank you for sharing!
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AuroraDragon2272|Hobbyist Digital Artist
great tutorial! (Slight Error: or cat in flight) Awesome!
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LBBruins's avatar
LBBruins|Hobbyist Digital Artist
gallop is four beats 
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Yumezaka's avatar
Yumezaka|Professional Filmographer
Very nice!!
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TheFunkyMarionette's avatar
Very helpful! Please continue to make accurate tutorials like these!
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WanderingSketch|Student Digital Artist
So helpful! D= Your passion is clearly illuminated here, and it really is a gift to people like me, who only got to be around their first horse about two months ago. GREW UP COMPLETELY NAIVE TO EQUINES.
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Grizzly-Cub|Student Artist
I ride a paso named lucy we largo and corto and everything she is awsome! great tutorial! :D
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BlondeBanana98's avatar
BlondeBanana98|Hobbyist Digital Artist
um.. what about when a horse is rearing up?
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wnter06's avatar
tutorial good
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Wooow777's avatar
Wooow777|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll print them xDD This is cooooooool!! ^-^
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Sputnk's avatar
could you tell me what size the background is? I want to do a tutorial but I don't know what size is good for tutorials. Thanks!
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LucyKoko's avatar
Thank you, really good tutorial both of 'em =3
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o-Semira-o|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks very helpful, thank you. :aww:
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sliverblade968's avatar
Actually, if a horse is working correctly, from back to front, the head should NOT bob up in the trot. When that happens, the horse starts to lose it's forward momentum and frame. When this happens, you break the horse's back down! In the wild and in pasture, they can do this, there's not another 100+ pounds sitting on their back. When you ride them however, they should be collected, it saves the horse's back and allows them to be a partner in work for a longer time.
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paperpipes's avatar
This is lovely. I love horses, but I'm useless at drawing the movement of them, so thank-you.
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halo39991's avatar
This is a really good illustration. I think it would even help out people who ride to better visualize the horses movements. Just a note though, the gallop is actually a four beat gait.
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