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post #1 of 6 Old 01-03-2015, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Help with conformation shots of mini.

Hi everybody.

First of all, I trust everyone had a wonderful and festive Christmas and that 2015 would be a blessed year.

I am not going to bore you with a long story, but feel a little background wouldn't do any harm before I get to my question.

About a month ago my husband started a new job as a farm manager. The owner was until recently still an active farmer, but got diagnosed with cancer. Unfortunately all the treatment took time and she finally realized she needed help on the farm - she appointed my husband. Now he manages the cattle, a Friesian stud, some goats and a mini stud.

My daughter fell in love with the owner's granddaughter's pony - a pretty welsh cross and she's been riding every day. Like I said, the owner neglected the horses a bit - not by any means on purpose but because of the cancer. She just called and said she has a potential buyer for one of the mini stallions and my husband must send some pics.

My question is, what need to be done to get good conformation pics? From what angles? I know he should stand on firm ground and should stand square. Anything else?

I really like this little guy and from my experience (not much I am afraid, but I picked up useful tips) he is a very good example of what a mini stallion should look like.
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-06-2015, 06:46 PM
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Hi there!
I think this is a great question that isn't addressed as much as it should be. I find that, often times, people selling horses post shots that are more artsy than informative (i.e. a headshot only or a picture of the horse running in a field). While these shots are pretty to look at, they don't give a potential buyer much information about how well the horse is put together.

You are correct about having him stand square on level ground. Traditional conformation shots will include two side views (left and right), a front view, and a rear view. That way the buyer can assess the horse's stance from all four angles.

Hope that helps. Good luck!
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-06-2015, 07:04 PM
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Happy New Year to you too.

As mentioned both sides, front and rear are the traditional angles, you may also want hoof shots, front and rear hooves.

Make sure the horse is very well groomed, and that the background is clear. If you have a building or fence line to put behind the horse that is typically best provided the structures are in good repair.

Another thing, you can do is 'action shots' along with the conformation pictures, get the horse in walk, trot, and canter if at all possible. These can also go a long way to helping.

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post #4 of 6 Old 01-07-2015, 02:04 AM
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Make sure he is square and the camera is level with the horse, not pointed up or down, horse is centered. Front and back won't hurt and an "extra" shot or two won't hurt though if they want him as a stud I'd put more emphasis on conformation and less on extra though a (tasteful) pic of your little girl petting him or something to show a good temperament would be nice, etc. Make sure the background is clean.

Obviously nice and clean.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-07-2015, 02:09 AM
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Will you be able to post the pics here?

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-07-2015, 10:38 AM
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The background should be as simple and uncluttered as possible, you want them to focus on the horse. If possible, have the handler stand out of the way of the picture. Make sure the background doesn't match the horse too closely- a dark bay horse against a dark brown wooden wall won't stand out much, but put him against a white wall and he'll pop off the page! And if you have the option, try to take the pics in the 'golden hours'. The hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset offer soft, well-angled illumination and can add an extra bit of interest to the horse.
It's a mini, so make sure you crouch down to his level for the picture, you don't want him looking disproportionate.
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