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Proper Movement I by glittering-pony Proper Movement I by glittering-pony
So, I've been looking at a lot of pony fan artwork and I can't help but notice that pony legs seem to do some pretty crazy things.
Someone already uploaded a great tutorial on how to not break a pony's leg, but I want to address what movement positions pony legs can and can't do.

So here are the first two gaits, the walk and the trot. MLPFiM ponies do a lot of these two. Trotting is very unnatural for real horses but what is even more unnatural is when people draw ponies with both legs on one side moving in the same fashion. That type of movement is called pacing or racking and takes a lot of training to achieve and even then horses cant always sustain it for long periods of time.

I'll post the canter and gallop in another submission.

Hope this helps.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Oooh, very nice indeed. It would be even better if you could redo them following ~MyLittleAwesome's advice, but even so they're quite awesome and helpful! Thank you.
MyLittleAwesome Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I can't tell you how much I love these references. They are simple yet informative. I thank you greatly for posting them.

One problem, though, you seem to lack actual momentum with your walk/canter/gallop cycles because the body remains stationary. If anything, it should bob up and down accordingly to the movement of the legs. Just a suggestion to make your cycles seem more lively! :)

Either way - thank you so much for posting these!
glittering-pony Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I agree! When I initially drew these, it was just for leg positions because so many people can't get that right. Now I want to go in and fix them up so that if you animate them, it all moves properly. :)
WhiteHorseGirl Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012   General Artist
It's nice to see a post that's so obviously respectful to the ponies' connections to real horses. And your drawings are just lovely.
glittering-pony Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Glad they are being used! Especially since they've been up for so long.

I'm really glad you posted on twitter too because I dont' check my dA very often.
WhiteHorseGirl Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012   General Artist
I hope more people will use them! That's one reason I posted to Twitter (um, other than I like to show off my art LOL).
Nesuki Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is EXACTLY what I was searching for! Thanks so much for this! :heart:
glittering-pony Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
You're welcome! There is a second one just in case you need ponies running :3
FeatherSpiral Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this since I practiced horseback riding, and this was part of the theoretical knowledge taught. But I'll still fave this because I wanna try making my FiM-style ponies more dynamic.
glittering-pony Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Nice to meet another horseback rider!

I had to make these two references for people because I was dying everytime I saw a crazy leg postion. :3
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