How To Draw A Horse

Having been domesticated for over 5,000 years, horses have played a huge role in our lives and our society. We don’t know about you, but we loved horses growing up and still do. Whether it was taking riding lessons or brushing our toy horse’s mane, they are a favorite memory for many.

Drawing a horse is easier than you think. The trick is to find the simple shapes within the shape of the horse. The same is true for any animal you might want to draw. Here are some step-by-step instructions to get you started drawing one of our favorites, the horse. 

To do this activity you will need:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser

Step 1) Let’s start with circles. The head is made up of two circles and so is the body. Be sure to draw really lightly as you will be erasing a lot of your initial lines.

Horse drawing step 1

Step 2) Next we are going to connect those circles with straight lines. Add the ears as simple triangles. 

drawing a horse step 2


Step 3) Of course horses aren't completely straight, so we want to curve those lines a bit. Now is a good time to adjust the shape of the nose and forehead of your horse to give it a more realistic shape. You can start drawing a little darker now with these curved lines.

how to draw a horse


Step 4) Get your eraser out and erase your light circles and straight lines, leaving the curves behind. These are the outlines of your horse so it’s okay to draw dark now.

drawing a horse


Step 5) Now you can start adding in some of the extra details like the eye, nostril and mouth, as well as the mane and tail hair.

how to draw a horse


Step 6) The final step is what will give your horse that finished look and let your horse come to life. That is the shading. Shading is used to add shape and definition to a flat drawing. It can also be used to show where shadows are. Try slightly shading the back legs, and some areas on the face and body. 

drawing a horse


And you are done! Congratulations, you drew a horse. This technique can be used no matter what position your horse is in. Feel free to color your horse and give it it's own unique design and style. 

how to draw a horse

We would love to see how your horse came out! Share your picture and tag us @wildlifetree in it on our Facebook and Instagram! Then comment below with your favorite thing about horses!

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Wesley November 07, 2023

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