This gallery shows the progression of horse paintings since the 1800s. Horses are one of the hardest animals to draw, and the styles between countries and time have shown some great differences. For example, horse paintings from mid 1800s in Britain have a very distinct style, portraying them with very long legs, neck, and slender body. They were cherished by royalty, and fox hunting and racing were very popular subjects. Horses in paintings by American artists tend to have a more rugged style and often appear in the theme of the Wild West. Japanese and Chinese artists of the past often painted horses with very large barrels that often look obese and have small legs and heads, but in this group are more current and realistic representations.