Photographs and Video Submissions
Photographs of the horse should only be taken on level hard ground. Make every effort to have no other horses in the back ground of the photo or humans as part of the photo.
Horse should be haltered and standing.
Backgrounds should be plain and uncluttered such as in front of wall with no windows or doors . Keep other horses or people out of the photo.
Try to take pictures with the least amount of shadow.
The horses should be presented in natural summer coat with no leg hair trimming or clipping.
The photos should be high resolution.
Required shots are:
Rear - hold tail aside to ensure that the leg structure can be seen clearly
Detailed head shot and profile
All unusual and identifiable markings up in well defined photos.
Movement Shots and Video:
Movement shots may be sent in addition to the basic requirements and are always welcome.
Videos are welcome and will be in AHHA's future database. Please mute the sound as we don’t need voice commentary.
Video should be short and to the point.
Should show horse in same positions as stills.
If movement is desired to be shown horse should be moved at a walk and trot to and away from camera in a straight line. (Handler should focus on leading horse in a straight line back and forth. The horse should not be the focus, not the handler)
Liberty may be done at the end of the video. If you desire your horse to be evaluated strictly on video please send to the association on separate discs of each horse labeled with horse name and that of its sire and dam for recording purposes.
Tips for Taking Evaluation Photos :
Evaluation or classification is the most effective way of determining the quality of an animal because each animal is compared to the breed standard alone, one animal at a time.
The purpose of evaluation is to determine the degree of conformity a horse has to the Breed Standard. Evaluation results can be very useful to a breeder as a tool to select crosses that will produce truer type offspring.
To benefit the most from the evaluations it is very important to be objective and present your horse in the photos as truly as you can. Don’t make the evaluators guess. If in doubt they will assume that the horse does not meet the standard.
While you want to present your horse in the best possible light, elaborate prepping is to be discourage such as the clipping of leg hair which is a factor for consideration in the evaluation. On the other hand a dirty horse may distort the conformation in a photo. Two dimensional representations such as art or photos are composites of light, shadow and depth of color. A mud or manure stained coat can distort the area making it look more or less substantial that it really is.
Shadows can do the same thing. Mid-day is the best time of day to take pictures when the sun is directly overhead and casting the least shadow. If you find there are areas of shadow in the photos that confuses the outline of an area, such as the hock and pastern, then take a supplementary shot that will more clearly define the area.
Select an area to stand the horse up that will provide an uncluttered background. Objects and debris can also confuse the image.
Horses are not normally inclined to stand up quietly and squarely for any length of time. It’s a good idea to work your horse to get rid of some of its extra energy beforehand whether you go out for a ride beforehand or have a session of lunge lining.
You may find a tripod useful if you have a really quiet horse but if yours wants to fidget even after exercise the tripod may encumber you.
Stand your horse up squarely. In a show ring horses are stood up to present them to the judge in their best possible light. The difference is that the judge has the opportunity to move freely around the horse, place hands on and even have the horse moved.
Photos taken at an angle will also distort the proportions. Stand as close to perpendicular to your horse as you can and on the same level.Legs out of line or necks contorted will distort the conformational proportions.
Ideally evaluations are done with the evaluators on site. We however do not have that luxury. Our numbers are too small and the distances that separate us are too great. To compensate for this disadvantage we have more evaluators examine the horses.
Evaluators can only work with what they have, so good photos will ensure your horse gets the highest score possible.