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Model Horse Showing
 By Equestri   •   20th Apr 2010   •   81,698 views   •   51 comments
For all those horse lovers that love horses to death, but can't interact with them, this is a great alternative. Model horse showing offers a chance to meet other horsie people and have fun with horses. It also challenges you to be creative and imaginative!

There are three types of Model Horse shows you can enter in. The first, and increasingly popular type, is Live Model Horse Showing. This type of showing involves bringing your models to the set show place. This kind of model horse showing includes positives and some negatives.

Model Horse Show

Negatives:
-You have to pack up and bring your models, tack, riders, and props.
-The only available live shows might require you to travel a bit. (Such as a couple hours.)

Positives:
-Many times there are prizes, raffles, auctions, demonstrations, and more.
-You can meet many other horse lovers.
-Interact more with the judges to find out ways to improve.
-Provides a fun and active day filled with horses!
-Sometimes offer classes for beginners.

Another type of model horse showing is online showing. Because of rising postal rates, the popularity of this type of showing is going up. Entrants take photos of their models in a realistic setting and upload them to their computer. Then the photos are sent in and judged. Entrants must pay special attention to size requirements and also make sure they do not upload the wrong photo!

Negatives:
-Size requirements are strict.
-There always is a chance of sending in the wrong picture!

Positives:
-It is the cheapest form of showing.
-Photos and models have no chance of getting lost, damaged, broken, etc.
-Sometimes offer classes for beginners.

The last form of model horse showing is mail-in photo shows. This type of showing is much like online showing, except you mail in your photos.

Negatives:
-Postal rates are rising

Positives:
-There is sometimes a discount for 50 photos or more.
-Sometimes offer classes for beginners.

So there are the three showing options. Now here are directions for taking photos for online and mail-in photo shows.

Model Horse Show1.Pick the model you will use. Make sure there are no chipped off pieces such as ears, and make sure there are no scratches of the paint visible.

2.Set up your background. For a basic arena, spread sand, dirt, or any other natural looking material on a flat surface. I recommend a card table or something of the sort. Place a white wall type thing behind the spreaded ground makes a white arena wall. If you would like to set up another background, or would like to just photograph the horse outside, make sure there is not tall grass that gives away it's size. The key to this is realism.

3.Set your horse in the background. Arrange it so it looks like it's really there. If you have it in action in a ground such as sand, try to make the sand look like it's spraying. It is hard, but it pays off. Some horses look better at certain angles, so place them at angles they look the best in. Photo 3 shows a horse I photographed in an arena like background. You can see the place I put set it up in.

4.Level your camera at about the horses withers. Make sure you do not catch anything that is not part of your set-up. You want the horse to fill the camera lens, but not so much that you cut off an ear, hooves, or tail.

5.Shoot until you get one that's picture-perfect!

Model Horse Showing is a great experience. I think that everybody should try it at least once. It is a great way to get into the horsie world!





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