A leather bridle looks smart and classy in photos. The reins can be held, or put over the horses head to free up your hands for some more cuddly poses - making a bridle the most practical option!
If you wish to use a head collar, I would recommend a neutral coloured lead rope to accompany it, avoiding any distractions in your images - black, brown or navy always work well.
If you have a particular colour scheme in mind - try and avoid anything too bright or bold that may distract from the beautiful surroundings.
Depending on your horses breed, and the look you are wanting to go for, here are some areas to pay particular attention to:
• FEATHERS - well trimmed feathers really define the horses legs
• MANE & TAIL - pulled or plaited manes and tails give a classy look to any image (don't forget the bridle path)
• CLIP - if it's clipping season, try clipping 2 or so weeks prior to your shoot, so any harsh lines have time to grow in for a more natural finish
• HOOVES - give the hooves a good scrub to remove any mud, and add a splash of hoof oil to give them a healthy glow
• EYES & NOSE - these areas may require a wipe over before your shoot to remove any dust, dirt or food - this is not a good look in close ups!
Nothing creates that catalogue look better than a well turned out horse and owner. Hopefully by now you have chosen what you plan to wear, so how are you going to turn your horse out?
Here are my top tips for getting your horses shoot ready!