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Equine reference model by MattDLowden Equine reference model by MattDLowden
This is an almost complete painted master copy of a ecorche horse. It is intended as a reference model for artists interested in learning equine and other quadruped animal anatomy. It breed is modeled after a mature Andalusian stud. I plan to make a mould from this master and sell hand painted resin copies for between 250-300 USD. If you are interested in getting one of the first copies please email me at m.lowden@outlook.com or visit my facebook page at www.facebook.com/MatthewDLowde…
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Daily Deviation

Given 2014-08-20
Equine reference model by MattDLowden ( Suggested by Astralseed and Featured by The-Build )
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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi everyone. I've now got a website up and am taking pre-orders:
www.anatomyofthehorse.com
Cheers!
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Storm-Engineer Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's some really nice work there! My hat off to you!

It is almost perfect. There is one thing, however... and please do not take this to the heart because I'm saying it with the best of intentions, hoping this information can help you make it perfect.

The hoof shape on your piece is something you may see on many domesticated horses for sure, but in fact, it's an unnatural and unhealthy shape. It is a result of lack of proper anatomical and veterinary knowledge on the part of the farriers/vets. If you intend this as a reference, I think you should give it the natural and healthy shape rather.

A good starter for that is to study wild horses, such as those living in the Rocky Mountains in the USA. There are also farrier schools that incorporate the latest veterinary researches about hoof anatomy in order to achieve a natural and healthy shape.

In short:
 - Heels of hoof should be as low that the hoof looked from the side is shaped as a triangle rather than a rhomboid shape.
 - Angle of the hairline of hoof with the ground should be about 30 degree in both hind and front hoof.
 - Angle of the front of hoof (looked from the side) is about 45-50 degree in front and 55-60 degree in hind hoof.
 - Angle of the pastern follows the hoof wall angle.

Contrary to popular belief, the range for a healthy shape is pretty narrow. There are of course variations based on breed, size and type of ground but the essentials are universal, and wide variations from it are simply not healthy.

If interested, I can dig up more resources for you.

Best wishes,
Storm
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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi Storm
Thank you so much in taking the time to write to me. You are absolutely right too. The above model was just the first-pass in it's development and the hooves have since been adjusted to a more natural confirmation. 
Many thanks again, constructive criticism is the most valuable.
Cheers
Matt
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Storm-Engineer Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Greetings!

I'm really happy to hear the news! I often get hostility back for pointing out unnatural hoof shapes, so it's nice to see a different response. :) Looking forward to see the finished piece!

If it will ever be available for an affordable - as in, for people like me who live in a poor country and have little money - price I will definitely put it on my list of things to get. :)
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3kidsandahorse Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
Please let me know when copies are made available.  This is exactly what I've been looking for.  It's beyond amazing!
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BadgerBread Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would totally love this -@
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MosVetArt Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super phenomenal detail.  What is the size of this model?
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AlbinoFacePrint Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
What beautiful sculpture by you :O! I really wish that i could afford it, but sadly i don't have the money right now :/ I think it's every artist dreams to have such a nice sculp as reference :)
And congratulations on the DD!
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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks and great work on your site too!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.. and beautiful photography of yours too!
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
It's my pleasure! :)

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HarrySaxon1234 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Attack On Horse
IM SO SORRY
I HAD TO
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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
: )
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HarrySaxon1234 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i barely even watch the show but still
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Shippuden23 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
This is awesome.
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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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foxlett Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
LOL I know that this is dumb but
when i first saw this
i thought of SNK... :U
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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
lol : )
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WolfinaTheGreat Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Nicely done, I never seen such good reference model in weeks! Congrats on the Daily Deviation.
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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks!
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WolfinaTheGreat Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
No problem at all! ^_^
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EmpressButtTouch Featured By Owner Edited Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
GO AWAY SNK FANS

No I'm kidding, this piece is great. ^^
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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
: ) Many thanks
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MangaKic Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Jean 
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RiderB0y Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn~ :icongreatjobplz:
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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
cheers : )
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Lesh4537 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 Nice work! I can see how this can be super useful. You may want to advertise this on www.modelhorsesalespages.com/
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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks and a big thank you for the link - it's perfect!
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Lesh4537 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! ^-^
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Snowflake-the-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Congrats on the Daily Deviation!

Awesome model! I might use this one day when drawing horses :3

(Hey comments below and above me, STOP FREAKING OUT OVER ATTACK ON TITAN! THIS IS IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM RELATED TO THAT ANIME)
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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the message and I hope it's useful to you in your drawings... looking forward to seeing them!
Cheers : )
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HarleyPoo2 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey it's Jean!!! Jean Jean2 LET'S GET HIM Levi Rivaille (Time to Kill) [V2] 
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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
: )
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Animepiemeowth Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
IT'S THE TITAN HORSE RUN AWAY!! Colossal Titan 50M-02 [V4] Levi Rivaille (Time to Kill) [V2] Kaori Scared Icon <---me XD
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notice-me-senpaii Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
get out
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:iconanimepiemeowth:
Animepiemeowth Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
XD The Titan horse will get you!
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Blargh-art Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014   Artist
ShadowClover365 
hey look
are you thinking what i'm thinking
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ShadowClover365 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Riren/Ereri?Problem? 
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Blargh-art Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014   Artist
no
Jean's titan form you butt
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ShadowClover365 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
wait can you send me the link to that one picture of mikasa sniffing her scarf and eren smelling levi's cravat like that one time that gourmet dude from tokyo ghoul was obsessed with kaneki's blood? *takes deep breath even though i didn't say this but typed it*
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Randime Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Horse Zambie!Amazing Horse 
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AlikiTiger Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student General Artist
attack on titans horse! XD sorry thats what it reminds me of.
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Princess-Skye Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student General Artist
That is so freaking cool!! I love it!
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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Cheers : )
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CAPTAIN-CHETO Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhhhh, a horse titan... ''del ring'' X)
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guinea-pigs-forever Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't believe I'm not the only one who thought of Attack on Titan! XD Attack On Titan Icon: Moves Like Jeager 
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Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, splendid :)
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MattDLowden Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks!
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