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Updated: Aug 6, 2021

In this guest blog, professional equine groom Kristen Abano of Centerline Equine Clipping teaches us all the secrets to getting your horse photoshoot ready. Kristen spends her days in the heart of the horse world - Wellington, Florida, clipping & grooming everything from elite show horses to donating her services to rescues in need. With her patience, skill, & natural eye for beautifying horses, she truly embodies her nickname "Super Groom."


Guest post written by Kristen Abano of Centerline Equine Clipping

Horses and photoshoots are the perfect mix. You’ll be getting the chance to capture moments, make memories and let your horse shine in the very best light.

Photoshoot preparation goes beyond just brushing your horse and slapping on some hoof polish. There are questions you need to ask yourself in regards to grooming your horse and some things you may need to line up before the day of your shoot.

Do you want your horse braided or with a natural mane? Do you prefer your horse to be body clipped? Do you have the correct supplies on hand? You may need to hire a body clipper, a braider, a groom or have a friend come tagalong to be your photoshoot groom.

Your horse should be looking their absolute best so that you get the most out of your photoshoot. Here are some top tips to keep in mind when getting your horse ready for the spotlight to be all on them!

Kristen's own impeccably groomed horse | "Ace"

1. Bathe your horse when at all possible, weather permitting. Scrub them well and give a good power-rinse to dislodge any dirt that is hiding under their coat. If you can’t bathe— curry well and use a variety of brushes. Green Spot Remover will help remove any stains if you can’t give an actual bath.

2. Add about a little less than 1/4 cup of show sheen to a bucket and mix with your favorite shampoo, add water to fill the bucket halfway and bathe with a sponge or loofa from this mixture. This will get them looking extra sleek and shiny.

Kristen + Ace | February 2021

3. To enhance any white markings, add baby powder and pat into their coat.

4. Use aerosol fly spray instead of an actual spray bottle. The aerosol goes on lighter and does not attract dust or dirt that would leave marks on your horse. *Do not SPRAY any product on your horse other than aerosol. Use a grooming rag or microfiber cloth to apply any products to your horse’s coat.*

5. Always keep a small towel or grooming rag, and hoof polish within grabbing distance. You never know when you’ll need to clean your horse’s nose, wipe away an eye booger, give a good touch-up of coat conditioner or reapply hoof polish to keep those toes sparkling.

Now that you’re prepared with some of my top photoshoot grooming tips, your horse will be looking like a solid 10/10 and you’ll have the most beautiful photos of your beloved horse to keep for a lifetime.

Don't want to have to get your horse ready on photoshoot day? Kristen is now offering an exclusive "Photoshoot Ready Package" to take care of that for you! Reach out to her today to inquire about this new and exciting service. Find Kristen on her website, Instagram or Facebook!

I had the pleasure of photographing Kristen + Ace in Southwest Ranches, FL. Their bond was as incredible to capture as Ace's perfectly groomed coat and flawless braids.

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