I'm having a lot of difficulties attempting to model organic things -- animals, humans, creatures I came up with. I have no idea how to model body types other than a skinny male twink. Please post guides, tutorials, books, ect. for organic modeling. I heard that modeling a horse really helps you improve at this sort of thing, so if anyone has a tutorial for that, please post.
Because you're not supposed to model that stuff, you're supposed to sculpt it and then just retopo over it. Topology is too much of a limiting factor when all you're trying to do is improve your skill at producing accurate forms.
a single leaf/strand shouldn't be more than 6 polygons
Horse Modelling Tutorial