Animal Locomotion

Sue Ann Bowling

These pages cover time sequences of motion, mostly in horses and a small number of dogs. Source of most sequential photos was Muybridge, Animals in Motion, originally published around the turn of the century and now available from Dover. Note that most of the photos are over 100 years old, and while the photographic technique was exceptional for its time, some of the faster animals (e.g., the whippet) were slightly blurred. It is still possible to see the footfall sequences and how they relate to periods of suspension.

I would love to have other sequences or action photos of particular phases, particularly of dogs jumping and in the double suspended gallop, and more of the "easy" gaits in horses.

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