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Horse Tutorial: Part 2 by Droemar Horse Tutorial: Part 2 by Droemar
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 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  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.
Pitbusk Featured By Owner Edited Feb 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry I hadn't commented earlier, only now have I looked back to realise there was a part 2! Extremely helpful!
LadyWinterbolt Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
this is just what I needed! Thanks!
horsesrunfree Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
You really know your stuff, don't you? Just wanna know, what are Paso Finos and Peruvian Paso's like?
horsesrunfree Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
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!:)
Droemar Featured By Owner May 24, 2015
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.)
B4LD3R Featured By Owner Edited May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Laura, professional and useful tutorial
MeggzezArt Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  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!
AuroraDragon2272 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great tutorial! (Slight Error: or cat in flight) Awesome!
LBBruins Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gallop is four beats 
Yumezaka Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Very nice!!
TheFunkyMarionette Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Very helpful! Please continue to make accurate tutorials like these!
WanderingSketch Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  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.
KRTgirl Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Grizzly-Cub Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student Artist
I ride a paso named lucy we largo and corto and everything she is awsome! great tutorial! :D
BlondeBanana98 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
um.. what about when a horse is rearing up?
wnter06 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
tutorial good
Wooow777 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll print them xDD This is cooooooool!! ^-^
Sputnk Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
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!
LucyKoko Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
Thank you, really good tutorial both of 'em =3
o-Semira-o Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks very helpful, thank you. :aww:
sliverblade968 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
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.
paperpipes Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
This is lovely. I love horses, but I'm useless at drawing the movement of them, so thank-you.
halo39991 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
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.
AdmiralThowra Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Missouri Fox-Trotters have a wonderfully superb gait, but it's near impossible for me to draw.
BabyBgirlVolte Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
~mystiq-star got to it before I did.. gallop is a separate gate from the canter, not just in beats but in the posture of the horse as well. You have some good information, but you're touching a lot on things that you either don't explain or give incorrect information. Things like collection and suspension and the like.

Good job otherwise. =]
Aroarathebloody Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
ty this is helpful
mystiq-star Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Just so you know, a gallop is an entirely separate gait to the lope. It has four beats. It's fast, but you can hear each and every hoof hit the ground on its own. If you watch a horse race you can see it, too. Putting a galloping horse on TV in slow-motion will help. Also, the height of the horse's head depends on how fast he's galloping and whether he's goofing off or not as well as what kind of rein he's given.
The-whist-hound Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
In iceland in some of the more relaxed "duels" you carry a glass of beer while Tölt(ing) to show how smooth it is xD
Droemar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Oh, hey, that is awesome! The tolt looks super awesome to watch; they move so fiercely, but the rider doesn't even move.
NitTata Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
You know so much about horses. Fav
purplellamarider Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
awesome, whats the difference between gaited and "non-gaited"?
Droemar Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
Most non-gaited horses have a moment of suspension, such as in the trot, that more or less jar the rider. Gaited horses tend to lack this moment of suspension, and as a result are very smooth and comfortable rides.
purplellamarider Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
ooohh, thanks (:
Nevrawd Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great tut thanks heaps
Zeinjave Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Faving as this is a great anatomy/movement lesson I really need. xD Thanks a bunch!
MichelletJ Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
Thanx for the tutorial :D

I make line-arts, so it is very helpful! :D

thanks :love:
ChachiTonks Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The triangle method is great! Excellent :D
Dark-Hyena Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
You did this as well??? You're indispensable!
Dibujantte Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
nice work, thanks
rbernet Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When a horse crossfires, it doesn't always hit itself or trip. Crossfiring just means the horse is out of lead in its back end. Its not something horses mean to do on a regular basis, its very common to see a horse crossfire coming out of a jump taken badly as they continue around the end of an arena to the rail.
MangaThePanda Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is VERY usefull :D I learned ALOT :D
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Just a question, isn't this farther than 90degrees? [link]
Droemar Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Yes, but that's jumping, not walking/trotting, etc. Jumping is allowed to break the 90 rule, because it's not a gait.
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Student Digital Artist
OH! Okay. I guess I didn't understand the original description :) I thought you meant they couldn't break the 90rule PERIOD haha.
Cool, good to know ^_^
Felideus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very interesting, thank you for sharing :)
CozmicDreamer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Pacers gait on the parallel. But it is true that MOST equines gait on the diagonal. If you were to watch a Standardbred 'run' in harness you can clearly see the gait at work. (to ride a standy in its run is fairly uncomfortable...but do-able.) ;)

This is a helpful tutorial though for most beginners.
Insanity-and-Chaos Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010
i have a question, since when does a gallop have 4 beats? that just kinda popped out at me...
Droemar Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
[link] and [link] all point out that it's 4 beats.
ladyofparanoia Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg thanyhu soo much this is so helpful
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