Spinoff -- Check list for sales vid?
Instead of hijacking Yankee's thread on music on sales videos (which I agree is distracting), I figured I'd start another. What do you need to see in a sales video, or say, a friend emailing you to check out their horse for soundness, etc?
I have a pretty stringent checklist on what I expect to see on sales video specially. I'd like to see a straight-on shot showing front legs including hooves, then lateral showing all 4 as in a typical conformation shot --both sides please, and one from the end with the tail up out of the way, including full view of his rump.
It would be great if I saw a quick section of the horse being caught, groomed and tacked up as well. Go ahead and ride the thing with polos, boots, or full body armor, but I want to see those legs in a conformation shot as well.
Dear lord people, one minute of each gait IN BOTH DIRECTIONs, showing transitions between them. Agree a halt is pretty telling. Flying change in both directions. If you're selling a kids hunter who's also a packer, showing him packing a blind monkey around a 3' course. In other words, show the horse doing what you say it can do. If it's unbroke, show it free lunging in an area free of visual obstructions, 2 minutes per gait is fine. And if it's bred to be a jumper, show it free jumping if it's old enough.
I feel like what I post is being redundant for those with basic intelligence and basic horsemanship skills. But the longer I walk this earth, the more I feel like our world is from the movie Idiocracy. And horsemanship is nonexistent as well. A little common sense goes a long way.
A client was shopping for a quiet horse for his girlfriend, so I did much of my shopping on video to save our time. I received a sales video from someone who claimed the horse essentially crapped gold. The video proved the thing didnt' know leads or how to travel in a balanced frame. Hitch was, neither did the seller, so of course she thought he pooped gold! That video saved us hours of time and hundreds of dollars in travel expenses..