Observing Equines

Muybridge Experiment

On June 15, 1878, in the presence of the press, Eadweard Muybridge photographed Leland Stanford’s Thoroughbred “Sallie Gardner” at a gallop to prove a point popularly debated at the time. Stanford purported that for a moment, all four of a racehorse's hooves are off the ground simultaneously. Muybridge’s series of 24 photographs proved him right. Scientific American was among the publications that carried reports of Muybridge’s groundbreaking 1878 work in motion studies.