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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 or visit my facebook page at…
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Given 2014-08-20
Equine reference model by MattDLowden ( Suggested by Astralseed and Featured by Backsackandjack )
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,
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.
Storm-Engineer Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist

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. :)
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!
BadgerBread Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would totally love this -@
MosVetArt Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super phenomenal detail.  What is the size of this model?
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!
MattDLowden Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks and great work on your site too!
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

MattDLowden Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.. and beautiful photography of yours too!
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