How do horses move? Find out with these flipbooks.
Every gait has a distinctive pattern, with one or more hooves leaving the ground at a time. For years, people could only guess at the leg patterns for faster gaits. Then in the 1870s, British photographer Eadweard Muybridge solved the mystery by “freezing” the movement of a horse in a series of photographs of different gaits.
Find out by making flipbooks of each gait with Muybridge’s famous photographs.
The Walk Flipbook (PDF)
Walking uses much less energy than the other gaits but limits how fast a horse can go. Look closely at the pictures of the horse walking. Are its four legs ever off the ground at the same time?
The Gallop Flipbook (PDF)
In the gallop, four hooves leave the ground at the same time, when the horse’s hind legs swing near the front legs. Look closely at pictures 6 to 10. How are the four legs positioned? Before Muybridge’s photographs, galloping horses were often shown flying through the air with all four legs outstretched! That, of course, never actually happens.