A question I often get asked is ‘how can I get my horse smiling for photos?’. When I say smile, I don’t mean the trick that people often teach their horses, to lift their upper lip and show their teeth, but instead get the horse putting his or her ears forward, alert and seeming ‘happy’. This can sometimes seem like a hard task, especially when the horse just doesn’t look at you (I’ve met a few that can be a bit camera shy), but hopefully, with these 5 tips, you’ll be able to get the photos of your horse that you’d like on a daily basis!
1 – Call your horses name. Sometimes, but not all the time, this can be enough to grab your horses attention for a few seconds. If they’re grazing, this can be enough to get them to lift their heads, put their ears forwards and look at you.
2 – If that doesn’t work, shake a bucket of pony nuts or carrots. Or TicTacs, or gravel etc. I’ve yet to meet a horse that won’t respond positively to what they perceive as food. You are likely to instantly grab their attention and get them looking alert which is half the battle of getting that perfect photo!
3 – Scrunch up an empty crisp packet. Again, like number 2, this is designed to make a noise to grab your horse’s attention. Except unlike number 2, this isn’t likely to sound like food but instead just something different that they wouldn’t normally hear.
4 – Don’t overuse numbers 1-3. Eventually, your horse will get desensitised to them and isn’t likely to respond to them anymore. So, instead of just using one, use a variety at different points to try prevent this!
5 – Always have your camera ready. After all, the best camera you have is the one you have on you. This doesn’t matter if it’s an actual camera or a phone camera, just have something ready when you’re trying to capture images of your horse as you never know, they may look up and look ‘happy’ when you’re not trying to get them too and you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity like this! The best photos are the ones of your horse looking most relaxed and natural, and these will be the ones you aren’t planning so always be prepared!
I hope this blog post was useful to you, and if there is any other topic you’d like to know about, why not post it in the comments below and I’ll do a blog post on it later on!
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