Step 1: Do not plan ahead. Do not bring help. Grab a random boarder. Preferably one carrying a huge armload of horse supplies from her car, with a take out container precariously balanced on the top. Catch her by surprise, throw the lead at her, and hope she drops something, so your horse will look interested. (Sorry about your salad.)
Step 2: Pick the most distracting backdrop possible. This is harder than it seems. You must totally check out visually to not realize you’re shooting your horse in front of gigantic, glowing, industrial stripes.
Step 3: When looking through the viewfinder, ignore the view. Just shoot! He’s standing still! Who needs a horse with hooves?
Step 4: Make sure you have nothing at home with which you can tamper the image. No Photoshop. That way, you catch the ‘real’ horse. The one with an ear growing out of his poll.
Step 5: Distract boarder, horse, and self by jumping up and down, yelling “I think I got one!” The startle reaction should cause overloaded boarder to drop a pile of horse junk, and her plastic encased dinner, giving you the most awesome stretch shot possible.
Of your three-legged horse.
Step 6: After boarder retrieves now empty plastic container, be sure to alienate her further: beg for one more shot. Then screw it up by standing at an odd angle to your horse, proving he has no neck whatsoever. Make sure as many out buildings as possible pop out of his top line.
Brilliant. You’re all done. You now have 3 of the worst possible shots you can take.
Fine. I’m lying. I put up the best photos. After getting wonderful, detailed advice on how to take a gorgeous horse photo from a talented photographer, this is the best I can do?
The backstory is in the shadows. Note pile of junk at boarders feet, and over-anxious photographer leaning over the left hind.