I can at least see the bottom of my arena now . . . so my mind is spinning as I'm thinking of getting pictures and videos of my stallion . . .
I really want to see if he will free jump . . .but was wondering what to use as a jump, how high it needed to be, what I can do as a one person camera crew until I can have someone help me, what certain things a person wants to see . . . .
I hate to look at those videos that just go on, and on , and on . . .so I would like to cut to the chase and have a definite list of things people will be looking for . . .
Any tips or insight is most appreciated by this greenie weenie flatlander!
Yeah! You asked question instead of making a horribly crappy video that will make your stallion look terrible Good for you!
I'm a h/j so when I look at stallion videos this is what I want:
- honest view of all gates, both sides
(not being chased around like a bat out of hell)
- I want to see natural jumping talent, one jump is enough; do not rush your horse over a gymnastic, they require a rider! If you are going to do a gymnastic or any combination of more then one jump, for @*&* sake space them properly!!!!!
- Over 3', but depends on the size of the stallion (they need to get their feet off the ground).
- I would greatly prefer not to have a jumping standard in the way.
- or people or dogs.
- Well lite.
- Slow motion is a plus but don't just take a poor quality video and slow it down, it makes it impossible to see anything.
- Oxers are easier for the horse to stretch over and will make them look better .
For pictures, make sure you are getting straight on side views of the horse jumping (at least on toward the camera is also nice). If you need a better quality camera, higher someone or borrow a camera.
Sonesta has great points! Also please don't add music with lyrics! I don't mind a little classical but anything else is too distracting (also you need to pick a tempo that highlights your horse's gaits).
Great points . . . and I wondered about free jumping . . .
Yep, that is my pet peeve -- junk in the background. I've been trying to touch up paint, and 'set the stage' so I can get some good videos. I have a couple different prospects to get ready as well, so maybe we can get it down to a science.
Hardest part is recruiting help . . . horse friends don't really live very near . . . husband and sons are working . . .I guess that's why I need to make a plan and hope it doesn't rain!!
Yep . . . at this point, I will just be thrilled if I can get pictures with no sound . . . hadn't even thought about music.