now that you have booked your equestrian session it’s time to get your horse ready! here are a few tips to follow to make sure your horse is photo ready. these of course are just suggestions and you do what you are comfortable with.
groom your horse //
bathe your horse the night before the day of your session. this will ensure a shiny coat ready for photos! if you bathe the day of, make sure your horse will have plenty of time to dry well before your session. use a soft brush to remove any dust before we start.
if you like the look of a pulled mane, braids, polished hooves, clipped ears/muzzle…make sure all of this is done ahead of time so you aren’t getting little hairs all over you right before we start. on the other hand, if you prefer a more natural look you can skip this tip.
CAUTION: don’t use black face polish on your horse, it will transfer to your clothing! baby oil is a good substitute.
clean your tack //
i recommend using a nice bridle or leather halter on your horse during the session. if you need to use a nylon halter, use a black or brown color. polish up that leather! by making sure any tack you want to have on your horse is clean it will add the finishing touch to your photos.
feed before your session //
if your session is scheduled during normal feeding times, go ahead and feed your horse before we start the session in order to keep everyone happy!
work out nerves //
if your horse is typically hot, lungeing may be a good idea to take the edge off so your session is more enjoyable for both of you. if you plan to do this, don’t over do it. we don’t want a sweaty horse right before we start your session. another option is to ride your horse earlier on the day of the session or make sure he has had plenty of turnout time so he will be nice and relaxed for his photo shoot. if you have a very laid back horse this probably isn’t necessary. you know your horse better than anyone so you make the call!
this definitely isn’t a normal thing to think about when you’re planning pictures with your horse, but adding accessories can make your photos unique. one of my favorites to use is a flower garland, but the possibilities are endless so get creative!
bring a friend //
i will have an assistant with me, aka my hubby Brent, but if you want an extra hand in keeping you both looking your best, feel free to bring a friend along for some fun!