Nobody in the hobby of equestrian photography wants to take photos of an unhealthy horse. Indeed, as horse lovers, no one wants a horse to be unhealthy at all! So, if you want your equestrian photography to shine, you need to make sure the horse shines as well. To do that, you need to take care of them properly! We have prepared some tips to help you do just that.
The first step is to make sure that your horse has proper shelter. This will protect them from the elements, such as wind, rain, and sun. A natural grove of trees can work, but to really make sure your horse is safe and ready for its photoshoot, a three-sided enclosure works best. You should ensure that the shelter is large enough for all of your horses to fit inside of it comfortably, and should build the shelter with the back wall facing the direction of the prevailing wind, to make sure the horses don’t feel it as much.
The next step is making sure that your horse’s thirst is quenched. If it’s dehydrated, it will show in your equine photography! Horses need a constant supply of clean, fresh water. Water buckets need to be refilled often, at least twice daily. This is in addition to refilling it when it gets empty as well. To prevent the bucket from tipping quite so easily, we recommend putting the bucket inside a tire. A more effective method is a watering trough, supplied by a pipe. This requires less maintenance, but needs to be checked in the winter to make sure that the pipe and water surface haven’t frozen.
We hope these tips help you to take care of your horse, and by extension, take better pictures in your hobby of equine photography. Good luck, and most importantly, make sure you have fun with your equine pal!