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How to Draw a Horse

I’m thrilled to introduce a special lesson designed to make learning how to draw a horse an enjoyable and accessible experience. By breaking down the horse’s form into simple, manageable shapes, this tutorial aims to demystify the process, allowing artists of all levels to capture the beauty and grace of these magnificent animals.

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How to Draw a Horse: Basic Information

Today, I’m here to share a heartwarming tutorial on how to draw a horse. I designed this lesson with the intention to simplify each part of the horse into easy shapes and lines that anyone can follow. My aim is for you to capture the gentle nature of horses without any intimidation that might come with drawing animals.

This illustration is not just about getting the shape right; it’s about bringing out the horse’s playful personality. We’ll focus on its soft, rounded body, the cheerful upturn of its ears, and the flowing lines that make up its mane and tail. These features are simplified for clarity and ease, making this an ideal starting point for young artists and beginners alike.

As we approach the conclusion of our drawing, you’ll find that you can draw a horse with a character all its own. My hope is that through this lesson, you’ll not only learn to create a delightful depiction of a horse but also find the process to be a relaxing and joyful artistic escape. Let’s make this horse gallop off our pages with life and energy.

Horse Drawing Tutorial


  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Coloring supplies

Time needed: 1 hour

How to Draw a Horse

  1. Outline the basic shapes.

    The first step involves sketching the basic structure of the horse. Start by drawing two ovals: one for the horse’s body and another, slightly smaller, for its head. Position the ovals at a slight angle to each other, to capture the general posture and orientation of the horse.how to draw a horse in steps

  2. Draw the horse’s eye and ear.

    Add details to the horse’s head. Draw a small circle within the head oval for the eye. Carefully consider the location of the eye inside the contour of the head – the eye is located to the left and above the conditional center of the entire figure. Next, add a triangular ear to the top of the head. Draw the horse's eye and ear

  3. Sketch the horse’s neck.

    Draw a couple of curved lines, connecting the lower part of the head oval to the body oval, defining the horse’s neck. Be careful: a neck that is too thin or too large can distort the entire drawing. Add a small curved line near the mouth to indicate its lips, giving the horse more character. Create the contours of the horse's neck

  4. Draw the front of the horse’s mane.

    Draw a small curve at the top of the head, and continue this line to form a tuft of hair, giving the horse a more whimsical look. The mane can be slightly wavy or jagged to add texture and dynamism. This step brings more personality to the horse.Draw the front of the horse's mane

  5. Add the back of the mane.

    Continue the hairline down the back of the neck, making the line wavy or jagged to indicate the mane’s texture. This step helps integrate the head and body, ensuring the horse’s design feels cohesive and balanced.Add the back of the mane

  6. Sketch the horse’s front pair of legs.

    Focus on the front legs. Draw a line from the bottom of the body oval downward, angling it slightly to the right, and then back up again, creating one front leg. The second front leg looks even simpler – it’s just an angle formed by smooth lines.Sketch the horse's front pair of legs

  7. Draw the hind legs

    Add the hind legs. Similar to the front legs, draw a line down from the back of the body oval, angling it slightly, and back up again. Repeat this step for the second hind leg, maintaining the horse’s proportionality and balance.Draw the Hind Legs

  8. Define the hooves.

    Refine the horse’s legs by adding hooves. Draw small lines at the bottom of each leg to create a division for the hooves, giving the legs a more defined appearance. This step makes the drawing look complete.Define the Hooves

  9. Draw the tail.

    Extend a curved line from the back of the horse’s body to indicate its tail, adding a second line to complete its shape. Make the tail as curved or straight as you wish, giving it a more stylized or natural look. This step completes the horse’s basic form.Draw the Tail

  10. Color the horse.

    So, color your drawing. Use a light brown or tan for the horse’s body and head, and a darker brown for its mane and tail. Color the hooves black, and add a touch of white or light grey to the eye. This step brings the horse to life, making it look vibrant and ready to trot off the page.color the horse

Additional Content

To complement our journey through drawing a horse, I’ve prepared a free PDF file for you. This resource serves as a succinct version of our lesson, designed for easy download and use anywhere, even offline. It’s crafted to ensure your continued practice and growth in drawing.

Inside the PDF, you won’t find step-by-step instructions or immediate tips. Instead, it’s filled with additional exercises and challenges aimed at enhancing your skills beyond what we’ve covered today. These are intended to deepen your understanding and refine your technique in drawing.

This PDF is my gift to you, to support your artistic development after mastering the basics of drawing a horse. It’s structured to provide you with the tools to expand your abilities, offering a pathway to advanced artistic exploration. Download it and let it guide your practice into new realms of creativity.

Alternative Drawing Methods

In complement to our foundational drawing lesson, I’ve created a series of alternative techniques specifically designed to draw horses. These additional methods are tailored to push your artistic boundaries and deepen your understanding of horse anatomy.

Delving into these alternative practices, you’ll encounter exercises that challenge you to portray horses in motion, at rest, or displaying unique personality traits. Each technique focuses on different aspects of the horse, encouraging a holistic approach to your equine art.

I encourage you to embrace these varied drawing methods as a way to further develop your skills and artistic perspective. Tackling these challenges will not only increase your proficiency in drawing horses but also enrich your overall artistic repertoire, making your work more expressive and nuanced.

How to Draw a Horse for Kindergarten

In this drawing tutorial, we’ll explore a supremely simple way to draw a horse that’s perfectly suited for the imaginative minds of kindergarteners. Using basic shapes and lines, I’ve designed this method to be as straightforward as possible, ensuring that even the youngest artists can achieve delightful results.

We’ll start with uncomplicated shapes to form the body and head, guiding little hands through the joy of creation without the fuss of intricate details. This approach is not just about drawing; it’s about providing a stress-free and fun introduction to art, encouraging children to enjoy the process of bringing their visions to life.

By the end of this lesson, the kids will have created a charming horse with a few easy strokes. My aim is for this tutorial to be a stepping stone into the world of art, cultivating both skills and confidence. It’s a heartwarming experience to see a child draw a horse with pride, and I’m here to make that happen.

how to draw a horse step by step

Realistic Horse Drawing Guide

My method for drawing a realistic horse pays homage to the animal’s true form and poise. We begin by carefully constructing the head, noting the gentle curves. From there, the lines flow to form a neck that melds seamlessly into a robust body, capturing the essence of the horse’s powerful build.

With a focus on the subtler aspects of the horse’s visage and stature, we’ll then detail the alert ears, the gentle gaze, and the soft nostrils, along with the distinct contours that define a horse’s muscular neck and back. This phase is about refining the sketch, ensuring every line contributes to a sense of realism and vitality.

Upon finishing, you’ll step back to see not just a sketch, but a realistic representation of a horse, complete with a sense of depth and life. It’s my intention with this method to impart not just the technique of how to accurately draw a horse but to also deepen your ability to depict the serene power and noble grace that is inherent in these majestic animals.

how to draw a realistic horse step by step


With our pencils down and a beautiful horse on the page, the artistic journey doesn’t end here. My website is a treasure trove of lessons on a myriad of subjects, from the rustic charm of drawing a carrot to the structured elegance of a door. Each tutorial is crafted to challenge and inspire, enhancing your skills with every creation.

For updates on new lessons and content, I invite you to follow my social media profiles. Your engagement and input are what make this community so special, so please leave your comments and suggestions for future tutorials. It’s your contributions that help shape our shared artistic adventure.

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