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Horse Walk Cycle Guide by ayashige-doodles Horse Walk Cycle Guide by ayashige-doodles
I had to do some research for animating a 3D horse some time ago and I decided to clean up a bit the notes I took back then, and upload them...

This is a compilation of information gathered from books and personal observations. It's not a very user-friendly tutorial and I haven't covered all possible aspects, but these are the most important ones (also, I haven't bothered with anatomy, because I'm lazy like that, and because it's beyond the purpose of this pseudo-tutorial).

I hope at least some of you will find it useful.


P.S: I really don't get the Category system on dA. ;_;
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This piece has been featured in Horsin' Around! :D [link]
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ayashige-doodles Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thank you so much! :la:
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caligis Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tutorial! I have to say though, the circular motion in the forelegs that you describe (called winging, dishing out, etc) is usually undesirable in riding horses. Some horses have been bred to display it, as it looks flashy. However, most breeders are concerned about injuries and energy efficiency in horses that show anything other than perfectly straight leg movement. I also have to second the comment about toe-first landing...
I like the layout though, really user friendly and helpful :>
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ayashige-doodles Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Thank you for your observations. Could you tell me a breed that has particularly obvious winging?
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caligis Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Paso Fino and Spanish horses mainly... a few gaited breeds as well
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witismydog Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student General Artist
THANK YOU!
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ayashige-doodles Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
My pleasure!
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Jag6201 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really helpful in showing the swinging motion of the horses legs. But, horses land flat on the foot, not toe-to-heel (you'd have a lot of navicular lame horses out there if you did!). They extend the leg out straight (front speaking, and hind they stretch until the toe flicks forward) and then land with the weight distributed evenly on the hoof.

Horses, bio-mechanically speaking, are amazing. Here's a video that's pretty cool. :)

[link]
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ayashige-doodles Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Thank you for your input! You really are right about the way the hoof lands on ground, it's just that it looks a bit more fluid in animation if you land it the wrong way :XD:. The video is pretty cool, indeed. I also like this one [link] , for showing walking from a more unusual angle.
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Meme00 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist
helpes so much! :hug: thx!!
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