As a horse photographer, I often get asked what a person should wear for their equestrian photo session. Unfortunately, the horses rarely ask me what what THEY should wear. But as they are a big part of the pictures, I think it’s just as important! So what should your horses wear when you’re having a session with a horse photographer? Here are few of my favorite options.
Option one: Completely naked! By far my favorite look is a completely unhindered horse. Of course, this can be a little difficult and requires a enclosed area to photograph your horse in. But it really is the only way to go for at liberty photos!
Option two: Fully tacked up. In the complete opposite direction, you can get your horse fully tacked up for your photos. This is a great option if you want some riding photos, and especially if you have nice show tack for your horse.
Option three: a nice bridle. Whether you ride English or Western, with or without a bit, a nice show quality bridle is a great option to keep your horse looking just the right amount of dressy.
Option four: a neutral colored rope halter. Avoid bright colors, but a rope halter is simple enough to not distract from the horse’s face in photos.
Option five: a leather halter. I love love love how a leather halter looks on a horse. So classy and simple, it’s one of my favorite ways to photograph a horse.
Option six: a neck rope. If you still want a little more control than letting your horse go naked, but want to minimize distractions on their face, a neck rope is a great compromise. And it may not even show up in some closer shots!
Avoid: Nylon halters, especially brightly colored or dirty ones; neon tack, especially if it clashes with what your wearing; anything broken down or dirty.
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