What exactly is going on in this photograph?
From context, I assume they are aiming for a high-end effect.
The rider has a dressage saddle, a shadbelly coat (I think), and white gloves, all of which indicates upper-level dressage.
However, the horse has a snaffle bridle, which indicates lower-level dressage; martingale stops on the reins, which says jumper; and a bad braid job, which is just laziness. That’s not even considering why the rider is posting, what the rider’s hands are trying to achieve, or why the browband is falling over the horse’s eyes.
With all the money spent on this ad, you’d think they could find a find a decent photo. But then, I am not their audience. Architectural Digest does not feature houses where the primary design themes are mud and dog hair.