Style Guide for Equines

Your style questions answered.

All the things that I’ve mentioned in my Portrait & Family Guide still apply! Need real-life inspiration - go to the Equine page and look at what other people have done before you. Don't be afraid to try new things!
The session generally is done about an hour before sunset and I try to arrive early to get familiar with the place and you.
Couple of things that I would add to that:
-    Bring closed-toe shoes (riding boots go great with literally everything if they are polished)
-    Thinking of wearing a long dress or skirt? LOVE! However, please make sure you practice getting on (and off) in it.
-    Including something new (skirts, flower crowns, etc) for your horse? Please introduce it ahead of time so there are no surprises.
-    Give yourself a day off to get your horse clean and still have time to go back home, shower & get dressed.
-    Ask a friend to help you and your horse get ready.
getting your horse ready:
1.  Safety first!
-    Please make sure your horse gets worked, turned out or lunged before our session.
-    If it is not possible (due to health) consult with your trainer or veterinarian. This will make for a more relaxed atmosphere.
-    Horse doesn’t do well alone? Consider having a buddy for them (turnout friend?).
-    Are we doing a session at the barn? Please let your trainer and barn manager know ahead of time.
-    Hauling to a location? Take the time to check if horses are allowed and what rules & regulations exist.
-    Bring a friend (family member) that knows how to handle your horse. If your trainer or groom can be there – even better!
2.  Clean up
-    Imagine your horse is going to a show, parade, or beauty pageant. A nice bath is essential!
-    To preserve that clean coat (I’m looking at you - grey horse), through a light sheet over and do not turn them out.
-    Consider braiding your horse if we are doing fine art portraits.
-    Tack should be show-worthy clean! Bring out your best bridles, halters & saddles. Give them a nice scrub and conditioning.
-    If your horse needs a clip, give it at least two weeks to grow out. This will allow for a nice, sleek coat to come in.
3.  Have handy
-    Treats, treats, treats
-    Fly Spray
-    Brush & Towel (to wipe off that drool, especially green drool)
-    Lunging whip or a crop
-    Hoof polish or Baby oil (this can double for hoofs and face)
4.  Tack
-    Clean Bridle (hunters look best in a D ring)
-    Leather halter & lead rope
-    Saddle (if you’re planning on using it) & pads
5.  What to wear
-    Virtually any deep, rich color will go well with your horse
-    Read through my Style Guide for Portrait (or Family) – it all applies to equine as well.
-    Think of at least three outfits – fancy, cute, comfortable.
-    Full skirts work best for getting on a horse and give you room to maneuver.
-    Make sure that you can actually get on a horse (if you’re planning on it) while wearing what you want.
-    Accessories! Hats, flowers, scarves, earrings… maybe your prized ribbon?
-    The more things you bring the easier it will be for us to pick from.
P.s. As always, I’m here for you! Please text or email me photos, questions, etc. We can decide on it together.
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