I covered clothing choice and set in part one but what about what really matters to you? The love of your life, the character who you spend hours slaving over only for them to mess it all up by the next day? That’s right! We haven’t spoken about your horse yet!
General Grooming Tip: To clean places that are meant to be white, cover with tomato ketchup and wash out after ten to fifteen minutes
How you groom your horse has a huge effect on the end result of the photographs. Your horse should at the very least be clean and reasonably presented but you reap what you sow!
For a more professional feel to the shoot, braid as you would if you were going to compete, keep your horse shiny and make sure that those white marks are actually white! If you’re not happy with the quality of your plaits and shine, chances are, you won’t be happy with the end result and may not like the photos, through no fault of the photographers! Most photographers will charge extra to clean the mud up from the photos, that’s if they are even willing to do so and it will take longer for you to receive your images.
For a more “romantic” feel to the shoot, get your horse clean and shiny but leave the showing level braids out, instead, consider braids like:
*Running Braid: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/44/ab/ed/44abedc62de4c0b00f9cc0a5459a8587.jpg
*Floral tail braids: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/d9/1d/01/d91d01871667705d0d093837c16652ee.jpg http://s3.weddbook.com/t1/2/1/4/2144581/weddings-barn-country-farm.jpg These would look really cute with matching flowers in the models hair.
*Floral diamond braid: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/5d/73/2e/5d732ecdd513ed220f3f222cc1cda6aa.jpg
I would have practiced all of these, photographed and uploaded them myself but I’m not the most patient when it comes to braiding!
Also consider leaving your horses mane and tail natural! Maybe plait the night before for curly hair.
Tack and Equipment
Where you choose to hold the shoot may impact the type of equipment that you are allowed to use, for example, if you want to get a photos on a beautiful stretch of road, you need to wear riding boots and a hat, while your horse must wear a saddle and bridle.
If you are in a position to choose your equipment, make sure that it fits correctly and is appropriate to your theme! Don’t use brightly colour equipment that distract from your horses face and choose instead neutral colours like brown and black.
Desensitizing your horse
We all know at least one 500kg plus horse of pure muscle power who spooks at its own shadow! I know my normally completely bomb-proof horse jumped half way across the road the other week when he let out an unusually loud fart!
Speak to your photographer and ask what equipment they will be using as well as if they use flash or not. If the photographer uses flashes, make sure that you get your horse used to it beforehand, if it’s just not possible, let the photographer know so that he or she can make changes to the preparatory work. If your photographer uses a tripod, ask if you can set a few minutes aside to get the horse used to that also.
Thank you for reading my two part blog post.
Don’t forget to research and feel free to suggest your own ideas to the photographer, this is your shoot, be involved.
Sheeps Head Pony Trekking and horse rescue: