Tips for Getting your Horse ready for their Photo Shoot

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When it comes to preparing for your horse's portraits the amount of preparation is completely up to you, but there are several suggestions because a camera sees everything. I say clean your horse up as if you were walking into the most important class of your life!  

  • Brushed down head to toe

  • Completely dry, if you plan on giving your horse a bath give them enough time to dry! You don’t want to miss that beautiful golden hour sunset because everyone was waiting for that wet spot under their belly!  

  • Green spots removed

  • Mane and forelock brushed straight

  • Tail brushed out 

  • Nose, mouth, and eyes wiped clean (bring a rag along with you!)

  • If you oil your horse’s nose and ears use half of what you normally would for the show ring! Shiny things stand out on camera! 

  • Avoid makeup on your horse, especially black! Guess what color is going to end up on your dress when they have an itch? XD 

  • Brush hooves down instead of using hoof polish because it can trap the dirt!

  • Bridle or halter wiped down and clean (always choose leather for halters!)

  • Bit shiny and wiped