When meeting with clients during their pre-session consultations, one of the most common questions I get asked is “should I clip my horse for his photoshoot?”
What is Horse Clipping?
Horse owners have been clipping horses’ winter coats to enable them to cool down and dry off quickly after strenuous exercise for many years. In fact, if you want to see some very cool images of some old-school horse clipping, make sure to check this article.
There are many different types of clipping including a full clip, blanket clip, and a hunter clip. To learn more about different types of clipping and what they are used for, Horse & Hound has a helpful article here.
And, if you want a great article on tips for clipping, check out this article on clipping by Horse Journals.
Should I Clip my Horse for his Photoshoot?
Clipping your horse is up to you. It’s a personal preference and based on what type of workload your horse currently has.
But, to simplify it, my question to you is how do you wish your horse to look in their final images? After all, there really isn’t a way to “hide” that he’s clipped. If you clip, it will definitely be seen in the final images.
So, are you going for a natural-looking, relaxed in the fields? Are you wanting to show your braided working hunter off in the show ring?
If you do decide to clip your horse, please do so a week or so prior to your photography session. This will allow time for clipper tracks to grow out just a touch.
Your horse will look well-groomed and clipped without bothersome track marks showing up in your final images.
Got more Questions?
If you have more questions about horse photoshoots, make sure to check out our other blog posts including:
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