Preparing your horse for a photoshoot is quite similar to preparing them for a show, making sure they both look their best and are on their best behavior. Check out the tips below.
If your horse needs any clipping, trimming or mane touch ups, be sure to do them at least a week prior to your session to give them time to blend in, just like I wouldn't recommend you getting a haircut the day of your session.
A few prep steps you want to do at least a week before your equestrian session.
A clean horse is a beautiful horse. Depending on your schedule, I recommend giving your horse a bath either the day before or the day of your session. Sometimes MN weather doesn't cooperate for a full bath, a sponge bath to touch up dirty spots also works great!
This is key! Especially if it is part of your horse's normal routine. Lunging them helps them get out any photoshoot jitters and makes for a calmer, easier to photograph horse.
Also check out: Lunging Your Horse to Prepare for Your Equestrian Session
Brush with the grain of the hair and finish with a fine finishing brush for optimal hair condition. You may also choose to apply a hair polish such as ShowSheen for an extra glow. If you plan on riding for part of the session, just avoid the saddle area.
We'll want to keep an eye on your horse's nose and eyes and periodically wipe them clean if needed. It is awesome to have a friend or assistant along to carry a rag as well as a finishing brush and a few other details to keep your horse looking their best!
Sometimes a little preparation goes a long way
AND YOU DID IT! You are ready to totally rock your session with your horse.