I have been wanting to add this to my portfolio for future customers that may ask for equine photography. I asked my sister-in-law Emilie if she could help me with the equine photography as she is the owner of a stable.
I needed to know how the horses would react to the shutter going off, having a flash go off in its face and a reflector doing the job of bouncing light from the sun into the horse's face as well (not all at once by the way). The last thing I want to do is upset the horse, because that all so means an unhappy owner/client to deal with!
I used to owner a pony when I was younger, but after being thrown off I didn't really want to carry on with it. So I do know where to stand, but I didn't know about the 'ears'. Very interesting to find out that the ears tell all about a horse's behavior, and the best shoots are to have them forward, this shows that the horse is in a relaxed state. (Never knew that, but thats why I went to see someone that knows what they are talking about.)
As I have done Greyhound racing my panning skills have developed very well, due to there tiny heads when running up to the finishing straight. Shooting a horse in action is a little easier due to its size, 'it's not hard to miss!'
Enjoy the photos below.