What Your Horse Should Wear for Your Michigan Equine Photography Session

A few weeks back I posted some tips for what YOU should wear for your Michigan equine photography session (or your equine photo session anywhere, I travel!), but now I want to talk about what your horse should wear for your session. After all, he's an important part of the photos too, we want him to look good as well!

Basically when you're picking out what your horse should wear for your session, remember that you want to keep it simple and flattering. Avoid super bright colors that will clash with your clothes or be overly distracting.

Most of the portrait work I do with horses is without saddles and usually during my session the horses are only wearing headwear. So the majority of the advice in this article will be regarding what sort of bridle or halter your horse should wear. At the end I'll go over some other tack options.

Leather Halter

This is my go to look for look for horses during an equine photography session. Leather halters are simple and elegant and show off your horses beauty without being distracting. Be sure to pair it with a lead rope that is either neutral, or goes well with your outfit.

What your horse should wear for your Michigan Equine Photography session

Decorative Halter

Decorative halters can also be a great look, especially if they match your outfit and the look you are going for.

What your horse should wear for your Michigan Equine Photography session

A Leather Bridle

Bridles are also a great way to showcase your horse's looks. If you ride Western, bridles without nose bands are especially great for showing off your horses face. And, if you’re planning on doing any photos on your horse, a bridle is an especially good choice.

What your horse should wear for your Michigan Equine Photography session

Hackamore

Just a like a bridle, a simple hackamore can also look great for photos.

Rope Halter

If you don't have  a leather halter, a neutral colored rope halter is a great choice. Personally I like black rope halters the best. Whether you have a leather or rope halter though, make sure your lead rope also looks good. Again, neutrals are the best and avoid distracting, bright colors.

What your horse should wear for your Michigan Equine Photography session

A Neck Rope

If your horse is fairly well behaved and you want to remove any distractions from their face, consider using merely a rope around their neck for some shots. It won't show up at all in close-shots, and will be minimally distracting in full body shots.

What your horse should wear for your Michigan Equine Photography session

Go Naked!

If we are shooting within an enclosed area and your horse is quite well behaved, it is even an option to take some shots with no tack on. This is by far my absolutely favorite way to photograph horses. Photos without any tack on are great for showing off your horse's face without any distractions and lend sort of a magical quality to the photos.

What your horse should wear for your Michigan Equine Photography session

Other Tack

If we are doing an under saddle photos during your photo session, a good rule is to use whatever tack you would use in a show. Of course, the biggest consideration is that you feel safe riding in your tack.

What your horse should wear for your Michigan Equine Photography session

Flowers

Of course, you know I could make a list of what your horse should wear without mentioning the possibility of a horse flower wreath! (or even a flower crown). Yes, I am definitely obsessed with animals wearing flowers (I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to it).

What your horse should wear for your Michigan Equine Photography session

Of course, changing your horse’s “outfit” is pretty easy, so just make sure that any tack you’re thinking about using is clean and ready, and we can quickly pick which to use at the time of the session. Got questions, or ready to book your Michigan equine photography session? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!