The Visible Horse

Anatomy in Motion: The Visible Horse is a unique and original demonstration by Susan Harris, in which she paints the muscles and skeletal system on a living horse to show how the anatomy of the horse works in motion at all gaits. The skeletal system, painted on one side, demonstrates the structure and movement of the body and limbs. On the other side, the colorfully painted major muscle groups show how the "circle of muscles" works to produce good movement and balance. As the horse works on the longe line, it's easy to see and understand the function of the bones and muscles,  what causes good and poor movement, and common causes of movement problems. 

Susan Harris' Visible Horse demonstration is the unique and original "Anatomy Painted Horse," and has been presented at major equine expos and clinics in North America,  Europe, Australia and Japan since l996, including Equitana USA, Equitana Asia- Pacific, Equineaffaire, Ride With the Stars Super Clinics, the Quarter Horse Congress and the George Morris Horsemastership Clinic in Wellington, Florida. This presentation is available on DVD.

Anatomy in Motion™ I: The Visible Horse
DVD, 48 minutes. $39.95

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The Visible Horse, an Inside Look at Conformation, is a new presentation that uses the painted horse to look at the horse's skeletal structure, the foundation of conformation. When you look at bone structure,  shoulder angles, and proportions with "x-ray eyes," you view conformation, movement and soundness with a new understanding. It's also easier to identify blemishes and unsoundnesses when you see the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments on a living horse. This demonstration is presented at equine expos, clinics and workshops, but is not yet available on DVD.





















VH Trot Muscle Drawing
Visible Horse Muscle Standing

The Muscle Groups

Visible Horse Circle Muscles in Trot

The Circle of Muscles in Trot

Visible Horse Muscle Jump Takeoff


Visible Horse Skeleton in Motion

Skeleton in Motion

Visible Horse Skeleton Standing

The Skeletal System

VH Painting Neck
Vh PAint Legs
Vh paint shoulder

Susan E. Harris

4495 West Road, Cortland, NY 13045

Ph: 607-753-7357


Peggy S. Brown

Walnut Hill Farm

2365 Perrysburg-Holland Road

Maumee, OH 43537

Phone/fax: 419-865-8308






Additional Photos from Visible Horse Demos

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It takes Susan up to 4 hours to paint every bone and muscle on the horse. The paints used are washable and hypo- allergenic, so they don’t hurt the horse’s skin and they wash off afterward.

Susan Harris painting the Visible Horse

The Original Painted Horse:   The first Visible Horse presentation was given at Equitana USA in 1996.  Satori, a 23 year old purebred Arabian gelding owned by Peggy Brown, was the original "Living Anatomy Model Horse" Satori is truly "a horse of a different color!"