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Pony Anatomy Tutorial: legs and joints by secret-pony Pony Anatomy Tutorial: legs and joints by secret-pony
I made a few sketches to explain pony leg/joint anatomy to somepony,
but I figured other people might be able to use these sketches to learn pony anatomy as well.

For animal legs I've always remembered a picture from my biology book in high school
which compared the skeleton structure in human arms with the legs/wings of animals.
The "equivalent" bones had the same color, so it was really clear to see how the joints worked. (like this: [link])

These sketches are in no way anatomically accurate,
they're just a simplified visualisation of the similarities between human and animal limbs
and to show how you can use your arm as a reference when drawing ponies :giggle:

Also, pony/horse bones don't look like that... I just drew some random bone-y thingies there x3

Don't forget to check out my other tutorials:
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EarthToPaigey Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks a million for this! It's very nice to have the visual aid. :]
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TesterkaGier Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I did not think that the human frame is similar to the legs of ponies :D

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firekirby135 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
This is... well... I'm not going to say it's WRONG, as it isn't entirely inaccurate, plus we're talking about cartoon ponies here. However, there is a little discrepancy that I do feel should be pointed out. That discrepancy is exactly what parts of the legs correspond to what in the hind leg. First off, the knee joint is actually in the thigh of the cartoon ponies. What everyone assumes is the knee (and what you have listed here as corresponding to the elbow) actually corresponds to the ankle. It should be obvious by this point, but the only hinge joints past that  in a human are the toes. Yes, the hooves  are actually the toes of an equine, not the hands and feet. Like I said though, this diagram isn't entirely wrong, only slightly so. The forelegs are fine, but in the hind legs are missing a bone, the femur, which would be in-between the blue bone (tibia fibula) and the pelvis.
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secret-pony Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
"These sketches are in no way anatomically accurate, 
they're just a simplified visualisation of the similarities between human and animal limbs 
and to show how you can use your arm as a reference when drawing ponies :giggle:"
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lukaner-Z Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
very clarifying 
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Caffinated-Pinecone Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
!!!
OH GOD I N33DED THIS
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ShadowSketch91 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student General Artist
nvm got it XD
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ShadowSketch91 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Student General Artist
can't download it on my mac... wtf is this! XD
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VasChain Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks, man.
this is very useful
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ThatGuyOnTheInterweb Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I needed this... just to be sure. Thanks!
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