How to Draw a Cartoon Horse

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In this horse drawing tutorial, we will draw a cute cartoon horse. The drawing guide has quite a few details, but if you follow the step-by-step instructions, you will be able to create a great looking horse drawing.

The cartoon horse is part of a series of different horse drawing tutorials. You can find the other guides through the links below.

Don’t draw heavy lines when you start drawing. The early lines will be erased as they are there only to help until we have the outline of the horse ready.

Scroll down for a downloadable PDF of this tutorial.

In the guide below, each step is highlighted in a light blue color.

You don’t need any special pens or tools. A regular pencil, eraser, and paper are all you need. If you want, you can also color the drawing with colored pencils or pens.

You can find a video version of this drawing tutorial below, as well as a printable PDF version.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Simple Horse, Horse Head, and Little Pony Rainbow Dash.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Horse

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 1

Draw a circle in the top left corner of the paper.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 2

Draw a larger circle in the middle of the paper.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 3

Connect the circles with a long arc.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 4

Draw another curving line to the other side of the neck. Note that the line has a few notches for the neck and shoulder shapes.

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How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 5

Draw four lines as placeholders for the legs. Three of the legs are slightly bent. Add small ovals for the joints.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 6

Add a small oval for the muzzle.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 7

With the help of the muzzle and head circles, sketch the top and underside of the muzzle and chin.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 8

Outline the legs around the placeholders we drew earlier. Note that the tops of the legs are stronger and wider.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 9

Draw the ears like two leaf shapes. Add the forelock between the ears.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 10

Sketch the mane on the both sides of the neck.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 11

Sketch the tail.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 12

Add eyes and nostrils to the face.

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How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 13

Add more details to the face; eyebrows and a curvy line to separate the muzzle from the rest of the head.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 14

Add four soft triangles for the hooves.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 15

Erase the early “helper” shapes.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 16

Draw the saddle as two rectangles on the horse’s back.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 17

Draw two curves for the saddle strap.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 18

Add two curving lines to the tail to add some texture.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 19

Add a series of curving lines to the mane to add some detail to it.

How to Draw Cartoon Horse: Step 20

Clean up and color your horse drawing.

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