Quick Grooming For Your Horse's Session with a Michigan Horse Photographer

If you’ve scheduled a session with me for you and your horse, you’re probably busy planning all the details, like what you’re going to wear. One of the things you might be thinking through, is how you’re going to get your horse ready for your session. And while in ideal world, you’re probably dreaming of a full bath and a long grooming session, reality is, we are all busy horse people, and sometimes you’ll only have a limited amount of time to get your horse photo-ready. The good news is, even if you don’t have hours to spend making your horse gleam, you can do a pretty good job with a fraction of that time. Just follow these five quick tips for grooming your horse for a session in a time crunch.

Enlist a friend

Whether your grooming plan includes doing the works or just getting the basics done, it'll go faster with a friend. Plus, once you're done grooming your horse, they can make sure they don't immediately go for a roll while you're getting ready!

Quick tips for getting your horse ready for your session with a Michigan horse photographer

Start with the basics

Groom your horse like you would for a ride, making sure to get all of the dirt brushed off.

Spot bathe noticeable areas

If you don't have time to bathe your whole horse (and to dry them), spot bathe lighter areas that'll show dirt. For most dark horses, that'll usually mean just bathing white stockings and socks.

Quick tips for getting your horse ready for your session with a Michigan horse photographer

Spot Clean Light Horses

Unfortunately if you have a lighter horse, it's more likely they'll have noticable dirt. But if it's just a few green grass spots, try a green spot removing spray.

Quick tips for getting your horse ready for your session with a Michigan horse photographer

Use Showsheen

Sometimes with a darker horse, their coat can look a little dusty, even after brushing. Try spraying them with a coat shine spray like Showsheen, or use a damp cloth to wipe them down.

Quick tips for getting your horse ready for your session with a Michigan horse photographer