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How to Draw Horses

Grab a pencil and climb into the drawing saddle to learn the easy way to draw horses.


  • Step 1: Draw body Draw two circles leaving a space between them equal to half the circles' diameter. Connect the circles on the tops and bottoms with two lines gently dipped downward.
  • Step 2: Add neck and head Draw an elongated triangle pointed toward your page's top left corner to represent the neck. Attach a smaller triangle at the top, pointing it left, for the head.
  • TIP: The proportion of the horse's body to the head varies with breed
  • Step 3: Add legs Add two downward pointing triangles, from the circle bottoms, for legs in full view. Add two more triangles behind these, positioning points slightly higher than the first two.
  • TIP: The length of the legs is generally equal in length to the distance from the top of the head to the underbelly.
  • Step 4: Refine contours Round your shapes, erasing guidelines. Refine your contours, paying attention to joints, large muscle areas, and hooves.
  • Step 5: Add details Add an eye, nostril, mouth, and ear to the profile. Sketch in the mane and tail with lines sweeping in the direction of growth.
  • Step 6: Apply markings and shade Add specific breed markings and darken shadowed areas. A little horse sense goes a long way, so take your new knowledge and try drawing a zebra.
  • FACT: Did you know? Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, has attracted horse racing fans since 1875.

You Will Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser

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