Preparing Your Horse For A Photoshoot In Winter
Frosty mornings, pink sunrises, tweed jackets, fury headbands... there are lots of reasons to love the outcome of a photoshoot in winter.
I wanted to offer a few tips on prepping your horse for the special day, should you decide that winter is the season for you.
When prepping for your photoshoot, it's important to keep your horses routine as normal as possible. This will prevent them getting stressed out and wound up on your photoshoot day, which is something we really want to avoid.
If your horse is clipped in winter, make sure you clip them no later than a week before the photoshoot. This means any lines won't be visible on camera as it gives them enough time to grow out, whilst your horse is still sporting that freshly clipped look.
2. Bathing/Hot Clothing
Whether your horse is clipped or not, you'll want to consider bathing them the day before your photoshoot. Especially if they're grey or have any white socks. If you don't have appropriate facilities to bath in winter, consider hot clothing the day before instead.
Add a tiny dot of fair liquid to a bucket of warm water, dip in a tea towel or cloth and ring out as much as possible. Then rub in circular motions all over your horses body. This will lift any grease, stains and dirt from their coat without the need for a full bath.
Nobody wants a poo-stains or muddy manes in their photos, so it's best to get these washed off the day before if possible. If not, bring in a few hours before your photoshoot so they've got enough time to dry.
Please allow plenty of time for your horse to dry off - trust me if your horse has wet patches you will definitely notice these in your final images.
3. Tack Cleaning
Clean any pieces of tack the day before as if you were going to a show. I always recommend a leather headcollar and bridle (we can alternate between the two), and if you're planning some ridden shots make sure your saddle, girth, saddle cloths and any boots/bandages you wish to use are clean, too. I also recommend a black/brown/navy lead rope, but if you don't have one I always carry a spare.
Get any trimming you need to do done a couple of days before - the less you have to do on your photoshoot day, the less stress you will be under and the more you will enjoy the whole experience.
If you're planning to plait, plait the night before or a few hours before we're due to start (if you've got a horse that like to rub them out).
5. The Finishing Touches
Hoof oil is a must have for your photoshoot, but don't put any on until we're ready to start. If you put hoof oil on in the stable too early, straw/shavings will get stuck to them and you'll have to apply it again anyway.
Does your horse have a favourite treat? It's best to bring a little something for them as a reward during the photoshoot. I will have some polos with me, but if your horse can't have sugary things, or they prefer something else, please bring it with you. I try not to treat too much throughout the course of the photoshoot to prevent any fingers getting nibbled and when we really need a treat your horse will be more interested if they're given less often.
If your horse is fully clipped and it's a cold day, please make sure you have a fleece rug handy to be chucked on when moving between locations. We will shoot in shorter bursts on colder days so they can stay warm in between.
Of course, the same goes for you, too. Please bring a nice warm overcoat if you have one to stay warm in between, especially if your outfit choices are on the cooler side.
Lunar Photography - Equine & Dog Photographer In Derbyshire
Lunar Photography - Equine & Dog photographer based in Derbyshire.
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