Thanks! Flash seems terrible for frame-by-frame animation; It's so hard to reorder frames and things and could really use a lot more keyboard shortcuts and less confusing frame-dragging behavior to speed up the process. I've tried Toon Boom Animate Pro before in one sitting, it was barely enough to get acquainted with how to use it but it seemed kinda okay.
Anyway, great job on this horse run. And your other horses too!
True, Flash is bad at keyframe organization. Toon Boom Animate Pro or Harmony are much better at it, since they have an X-sheet window. I recommend putting in the time to get to know Animate Pro (or Harmony). I personally love it because it has an X-sheet, it's easy to color the frames, and it has shift-and-trace capabilities, among other awesome details
Thank you! To fully understand the movement? Wow, I think that took me the entirety of the semester, so around three months? Maybe more? I'm still working on understanding horse movement better, I'm not at 100% yet. What helped me was the fact that I have a lot of experience doing quadruped movement and understand the physics and anatomy very well. Not just horses, but dogs and cats and things like that. And that took years of study.
This cycle itself took 2-3 days, but it took 3 other failed attempts before it.
Oh god, definitely feeling something X_x Realizing that horses are incredibly complex animals to draw. They are extremely hard, but at least there's a ton of references and resources for horses out there.