Thanks, though. Pretty insightful.
I try and make it simple, having easy rules to follow just makes it much easier when I draw. That's why knowing good anatomy is my #1 focus.
Now... another question... are hooves made of ceratine or covered with skin?
rarity got hurt once she stabbed herself with needle
But when fluttershy bit her hooves, they seemed to behave like nails.
I'm no horse hoof expert, so I don't really know.
I feel what you're saying though. I think the problem is most people just never think about it until it's brought up. It is unreasonable to expect people to mentally explore every concept, even when it's kinda obvious when you get down to it.
Just like Whatsapokemon said, it is all about knowledge. If you see a pony in the show or on a picture there are almost always not enough informations to identify the complete anatomy. And not everyone knows the (not completely realistic!) anatomy of ponies by default. Most people even don't know human anatomy. And most people also don't know about other everyday things like how a computer works, physical relations and so on.
Additonally, every brain is different and not everyone can analyse or understand a construction (like a pony e.g.) just from the beginning by only looking at it. I bet you encountered difficulties as well with other things like perspective, lighting or something completely unrelated to drawing. That's just normal diversity.
I still can't get my head around correct perspectives, that's for sure Animals seemed rather natural to me for some reason...
I wouldn't really call it a stupid question. The answer may be somehow obvious, but on a second look can be complex and lead to new perspectives. And new questions. So these "why" questions absolutely have their right to exist. Not only for me as a budding natrual scientist, but for all those important things in life that you already mentioned.
As for me I was always good in technical drawings including perspectives, but struggled a bit with organic shapes. Redraw what I see was not a problem (especially when it is our fat tomcat ^^), but creating own natural and organic shapes felt pretty difficult. Always interesting to see this distinctions and contrasts.
Hence why we need to share tutorials on how to perceive organic and non-organic subject matters when drawing
Thinking about the "why" is difficult and needs the will and ability to allow other opinions and ideas (at least for the time of the analysis). Indeed a lot of people seem to be overstrained by this (and sometimes there is just no reasonable explanation). One of the reasons, I think, why tabloid press is so popular.
But we wander from the subject that initially was drawing ponies.
It's not something that usually comes up every day, so many people just don't know how legs actually behave and how they actually fit together.
Personally I can't visualise it very well at all, I need to draw out the bones before I'm able to do it, but knowledge of how they fit together makes that easy.
Similar to perspective, if you spend enough time working with it and trying to figure it out you get better at it.
Neither of those things are innate knowledge, it's all about what you get used to.
i and a lot of other people have been drawing for way shorter amount of time so we have every right to not understand some anatomy right?
i started drawing 4 years ago for example, and considering how many failures i had in the meantime i think i can draw pretty well for that amount of time.
Knowledge is power!