Horse Anatomy - Skeleton & Anatomy Diagram Of A Horse
1: Cross-sectional diagram of a horse's foot
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Studying a diagram of a horse skeleton, building the thoracic limb
DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!! It is flawed from beginning to end. There are so many problems with this book that I can't begin to list them all. If I could, I'd give it a zero.
The thing that jumped out at me right in the beginning was that the author referred to parts of the horse in human terms. This causes great confusion for any reader. It certainly did for me. In the horse world, some body parts have different names from their human counterparts. Secondly, there is no diagram of a horse with the names of the body parts indicated. These names are used by all horse people and should be taught to anyone wishing to draw and paint horses. Thirdly, some of the names given by the author for different body parts weren't even correct in human anatomy terms. For instance, he refers to a horse's knee as the elbow when the knee actually corresponds to the human wrist. The horse elbow is actually higher up on the front leg where it meets the body.
The artist appears not to know the difference between gaits of the horse, describing a horse cantering as "trotting" in two different drawings. He also claims that a horse has one foot on the ground at all times in every gait. This is only true in the walk. At the trot, canter and gallop, there is a moment when all four feet are suspended in air.
There is no instruction of horse anatomy, detailing the shapes of the ears, eyes or nostrils in particular. They are depicted in every drawing as just dark blobs or slashes. The drawings themselves are very crude and lacking in any detail. They show little knowledge of the actual form and anatomy of the horse. He talks about shadows and highlights but doesn't tell where to put them, and the drawings themselves show them placed very haphazardly.
But, perhaps worst of all is the text which is almost incomprehensible at times. I suspect that this book was translated from another language or that the writer is not a native english speaker and lacks proper art terminology. The term "highlight" for instance, is often used incorrectly. I am a trained artist and have been a horse artist for almost my whole life. I found the text instructions to be very difficult, if not impossible, to follow. Reading through the whole book was like walking through deep mud; very laborious. I fear that any youngster who tries to learn from this book will find it even more difficult to use and may become needlessly discouraged.
There are far better books available on how to draw horses, like the Walter Foster books and the Sam Savitt book. Whatever you do, don't buy THIS book!