~ How to Photograph Your Horse ~

Taking pictures of your horse for registration can seem like a daunting process. These photographs are used to visually inspect your horse using a set list of criteria for the breed. Conformation is the fore-most consideration that KHAR inspectors examine.

Conformation: The Kiger Mustang should ideally be correct in its overall structure. The conformation of your Kiger Mustang impacts how useful a horse is for pleasure riding. For example, a short, steep shoulder causes a shorten, choppy stride that is uncomfortable to ride. Each conformation characteristic of your horse (from his head to his hooves) are considered during the inspection process.

The last thing evaluated is the horse's breed type. Breed type are those characteristics that set a Kiger Mustang apart from another breed, such as Norwegian Fjord or Quarter Horse. Breed Type includes physical conformation that is specifically Kiger as well as more generalized traits such as Dun Factor.

So keep in mind that your horse will be evaluated when KHAR inspectors view your submitted photos.

Here are some tips for getting good pictures:

  1. Don't take pictures in the shade or have a shadow cast across your horse.
  2. Make sure your horse is standing on level ground.
  3. Make sure your horse has his feet underneath himself and standing square.
  4. Your horse should be standing relatively. Trotting or running pictures may also be provided to show movement, but standing still photos are a must.
  5. Make sure that your horse's hooves are visible in the photographs (no deep grass or mud). We recommend a clean, dry, flat surface for posing your horse.
  6. Close-ups of your horse's dun factor are always recommended.
  7. Make sure that your horse nearly fills the entire view. (A distant horse standing in the field doesn't help our inspectors.)
  8. You can always include more photos then the required amount.
  9. Do not use cosmetics or other colorants to change or enhance his colors.
  10. You must include a photograph of the dorsal. Dorsals can be difficult to photograph. Most people perch on a secure gate or fence line to elevate themselves to capture the entire dorsal. Be sure that you can see on the photo where the dorsal enters into the mane and tail. It might require more than one photo to accomplish this.

Do"Set-up" Your Horse

While we don't necessarily want you placing your horses feet square, we do want you to present your horse at its best. Head up, alert, legs in natural position on level ground. For best results, a side picture should be taken exactly perpendicular to the horse. Aim your camera for about where the cinch area of the horse is. The horse should fill up most of the print.

Our inspectors need to be able to determine your horses conformation, from the angle of the pasterns to the angle of the shoulder and all points in between. We need to determine if your horse is balanced. Is the neck too long, too short? Is the back too long or too short? Is your horse 'over at the knee', sickle hocked, or posty in the rear leg.

CLICK HERE for examples of how to set up your horse for inspections.

Do NOT Do Movement Photos

Running colt

Yup, he's a pretty boy. He has leg barring, refined face and level back although a bit long in the back. Shoulder layback is pretty good. But that is about the extent of what we can tell with this photo.

Movement photos are good for showing movement, but we need photos standing still. Is he still long in the back? How does his neck attach into his shoulder and back?

Don't Do "Liberty" Photos

Eating horse

Inspectors must evaluate your horse based on the photos that you submit. Is this horse's rear legs really like that or did she position herself that way to eat? Our inspectors cannot assume her legs are fine. Rear leg conformation affects the horse's 'way of going', rear legs propel the horse forward. Improper angulation in the rear legs can lead to undue strain to bones and joints during riding and competition. Our inspectors are not only looking for proper Kiger Mustang characteristics but proper saddle horse conformation.

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