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Horse Muscles Reference by JenPenJen Horse Muscles Reference by JenPenJen
Really got this hankering for doing an ecroche horse. After searching, I couldn't find a horse anatomy sculpture, so I figured I had to learn the muscles by myself. And what better way to learn other than drawing them :] Figured this might help someone!

~Drawn on Paper then Colored in Photoshop
~Update! Added some interactivity here: [link] Roll over different muscles to see the name. :la:

- Sketch- [link]
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DKBagley Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
May I have your permission to use your wonderful image for my bodywork course? It is a great reference while performing bodywork!

lignumkelpies Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Very good work helps a lot with my acupuncture studies
Tawny-Arrow Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Really helpful, thanks!
sherryXcherry Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Thank you for sharing : D
This looks very useful! I have a book with a similar drawing but it's so small :c so this one is much beter plus the interactive ver. is more interesting ^^
Bandersnatch94b Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Jean as the colossal titan.
Umbravita Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing. :D Thank you so much. Have you got a front view?
Lahki Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
REally great work. The interactive ist really great *-*
Its a pity that I don't need to learn anatomy
5--Capall--5 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used here
Thanks for the wonderful stock!
whitew3r3wolf Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 This is wonderful!! Muscle is hard for me to understand X) You did a fantastic job!~
manicmondays Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
used your stock here <3…
Cyberdyne12489 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would it be ok to use this image for a small company site here,

zelldweller Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, I think you got something wrong in the hind quarters... I think the gastrognemius should come out between the biceps femoris and the semitendinosus, right? it looks as if it came out from behind the semitendinosus instead. Great drawing anyway... 
iheystek Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013

Dear Eponagirl,


this January I hope to finish my education as a massage therapist for horses. For each client I aim to use an intake form on which I would also like to include a horse with musculature to indicate areas. Now, in search of a nice pic I found this one. Would you alow me to use it, without background on my forms and perhaps website? looking forward to hearing from you,

kind regards, Ingeborg Heystek (Netherlands), Paard Actief (facebook) and but that is nog aired yet I will build the site this winter.

JenPenJen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Sure thing! I'd like to see it go to use! Thanks for asking for permission :D if possible, I'd love to see the end result. (photo of the form? x)
Congrats on nearly completing your studies!
Bebe56 Featured By Owner Edited Aug 29, 2015  New Deviant
Dear JenPenJen (former EponaGirl? :)),

I just read this request from iheystek and I wanted to ask you something similar. :)

I'm working on a (non-commercial) training calendar at the moment for me and some other guys (we are all members of a small board on positive reinforcement training with equines).
In this calendar I'd love to include some sides with the outline of a horse, ideally with the muscles and / or the sceleton to be seen, so that we can mark regions or spots where for example the osteopath or physio has treated our horses. (Of course the physio or vet does this for his own records, but we'd like to have an overview, too. :))

So long story short: could I use your jpg for that - of course with a reference to you (I'd just use this URL here?). I would remove the background I think and I would make it a little less opaque, so that one can scribble one's notes into and over it - if that'd be okay for you.

It would really be great if I could use it!!! :)

Cheers, Bettina from Germany :)
Minaxit Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I had to prove that I could amount to something this picked me up when I was down this put me back in the swing of things I figured I should share the wealth
Lordfell Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
warpface Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
thanks! will be helpful
Oh-windrunner Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
This is amazing! Will definitely be helping me out with my shoulder issues. :XD:
EmoHappyBunny2 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
YAYS!!!!!!!! thank you this totally helped me with my homework!!!!!!!! :D
Fabales Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Wonderful! Thank you for sharing this!
Yumezaka Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Filmographer
16Jasmine16 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:rose: Thank you for providing this helpful reference! I've used it in my newest piece, Got the Lights in My Eyes. I hope you like it. :rose:
sistersparrow Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is awesome! Thank you for sharing this.
Alextiy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for sharing this, it's really helpful!
the-muddy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this is quite something
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Artist
Perfect! Very well done... Congratulations!
Merry Christmas!
ewebster123 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for the awesome reference, I used it here [link] in my sketches and it was a HUGE help. Thanks!
ewebster123 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I saw this looking for horse anatomy on Google! I thought it was from a real book or something O.o I will definitely be using this wonderful reference for drawing my horses! Anatomy is always a killer for me, unfortunately :(
Nathi-Z Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
for us who study Vetnerian! Thank you !
whitehorn Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Great picture. Thanks for helping me <url a href="[link]">link
DrClosure Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
you've done an amazing work, thanks for sharing! :D
anaiis77 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Wow!! Stunning work!!
RaptorArts Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
WOW Amazing Reference! Very well done!
TheQueenOfKillers Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SUGARandSPICE1 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING! I will use and credit you for this AMAZING muscle horse! :la:
TheMusicalGirl Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist
This will REALLY help me! I always have to look at like a million pictures when I draw the muscle lines on my horse drawings...and they still don't turn out right. Thank you for making this! :hooray:
BloodiestRed Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
This is going to be really helpful for shadows C: U are talanted!
SycamoreSea Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used your lovely reference to help me out here- [link]
Thanks so much! <3
TheJazzPony Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Lovely job!
totalrandomusername Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful indeed!
error-23 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Used here: [link] thanks!
Filly8 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful (as is the interactive part) Thanks for providign such a wonderful ref!
Nin-jueTheKirin Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very useful!
i used it here: [link]
Tonbei Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed; helpful! Just what I need when I want to draw a horse.
phantomfilly Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this iss sooooooo helpful.(:
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