The definitive guide for artists in understanding animals in motion is the book, "Animals in Motion", by Eadweard Muybridge; published by Dover Press. The book begins with an analysis of animal locomotion; human, quadruped, and bird. The book contains over 4000 photos of the animal in motion. Every artist should have this celebrated book in their studio.
An artist must educate himself,
he cannot be educated,
he must test things out as they apply to himself;
his life is one long investigation
of things and his reaction to them.
This, of course, applies to women artists as well.