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Winter Riding- Headlamp an option?

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  • #21
    DIY Light Poles - Media provided

    As asked, I took pictures and put together a slide show of the light pole project and the results.

    Click here to get album and slide show

    A couple of random thoughts I had as I took the pictures.

    I have wooden posts right near my riding area so mounting was easy. If I had to light away from posts I would make a base out of 2/4 with a 5" receiver for the pole.

    if fence line are those metal ones, use hose clamps to hold. The pole is so light it is not hard to just lift up into place.

    I did not glue any joints so the poles can be broken down and stored in summer, however I will go back and drill/set screws to better hold joints and limit movement.

    Next year I just may run conduit out to the middle of the pasture and be able to set up free standing poles using my in-ground receiver idea (rent a trencher for a couple of hours to lay conduit and conduit would be wide enough for extension cord end to pass through.)

    Overall cost for one pole is @ $75
    Fixture @ $20
    2x10 3" PVC, connector, elbow @ $15
    20' cord @ $15
    2 bulbs, plug adapter, bolt @ $10.

    However, I now have light options for years. yes, the electric company loves me when I go riding, but it is a small price for being able to see well enough to even do small jumps at night.

    If y'all ahve suggestions for improvement I am interested. I've tried to keep costs low and still get something that works, but I know there are really smart people on this list that may improve my work. I should patent it and make millions, but I think I'd get buried in prior art.


    • #22
      that's an impressive amount of light, particularly considering the low cost and portability! Well done!
      “Always saddle your own horse. Always know what you’re doing. And go in the direction you are heading.” Connie Reeves
      Jump Start Solutions LLC


      • #23
        I am anxiously following this thread… I am for the first time without lights in the arena – there is a large flood light on a barn some 100 feet away which provides some light, but it is also directly in your eyes when you ride towards it.

        Hubby (who is a bicycle rider), suggested getting a head lamp – I scoffed, “horses are not like bikes!” I just do not think that would work!

        Been thinking about putting up a pole, and running an extra long extension cord from the barn (did that years ago at a different stable).

        But I might have to eat crow and go the headlamp route – also now wondering if I could mount one of those super bright bike headlights to my horse’s breast plate – hummm… (also this would be in an arena, and horse is super steady).
        APPSOLUTE CHOCKLATE - Photo by Kathy Colman


        • #24
          Check out the headlamps sleddog drivers use. Those things provide a TON of light and the beam is wide enough to actually ride with. I have done this before and it has worked for w/t/c even w/o any other lume. They aren't cheap, but cheaper and more portable than some of the other options. Just make sure you don't walk TOWARDS your horse with it on. I flaked one night, had it on, and walked towards another of my horses. His eye got big as saucers and he freaked and ran off.


          • #25
            JP60 your lights are WONDERFUL!!! Lighting an riding area can be so costly, but that is a great way to do it w/o spending a ton of money.


            • #26
              Good timing on this thread, y'all. I'm lucky to be at a barn that as awesome lights, but the 5(ish) minute through a dark, mowed field to get to it is a little scary. I was going to ask about your experience with headlamps. Please keep those suggestions comin! Thank you!


              • #27
                I've got a brilliant headlamp, its quite a wide beam and more of a yellowish light that seems easier on the eyes than the white light. Was quite pricey though. No idea where you guys would get one because I got it in a NZ specialist outdoors shop, but I'd start with specialist cycling shops. I've tried the headlamp on the horses breastplate, didn't really work! Nor did a light on each stirrup pointing forward. Super headlamp does the job really, its more than adequate for basic fitness work and stretching rides. Then I do my jump schooling / pole work on the weekends in daylight.


                • #28
                  this is the one I picked up off Amazon.com, and I purchased high power rechargeable batteries to go with it....Only $38 w/ free shipping.


                  Just came in the mail yesterday, but I've been home sick with the flu for the past two days. Hoping to kick the 102 fever so I may go ride tomorrow and test it out. Will let you know how it works. Says it will project light to 70 meters with the triple power LED; 25 meters using the two smaller LEDs that consume less battery. I like that it also has two red LED lights for night vision. Also, it is waterproof. Here are the Tech details:

                  Fully water proof, IPX 7 rating
                  1 TriplePower LED and 2 SinglePower LEDs provide 100 lumens on max setting
                  2 SinglePower Red LEDs can be used when preserving night vision and are
                  3.9oz, 100 lumens max output, 200 hours max burn
                  Three-level power meter shows battery life of the 4 AAA batteries

                  I'll likely try it while hand walking first, to get the horse I lease use to the light, will take it from there. I ride in an arena, most of the jumps have been cleared off to the side for winter, save a two or three in the upper part of the ring, so if I ride at dusk, it isn't that bad, but I really hope this headlamp works. If I can't ride with it, I know I'll still be able to use it around the barn at night.
                  “Always saddle your own horse. Always know what you’re doing. And go in the direction you are heading.” Connie Reeves
                  Jump Start Solutions LLC


                  • #29
                    I have this headlamp . I use it to hack out at night after work. It does well enough for me to follow the perimeter of the pasture fences safely at a walk and trot. I do need to be careful to focus on where I want to go and not look around, as my horse follows the light!


                    • #30

                      This is the headlamp that I have. DH is a bike rider and he LOVES Petzl. We use these for mucking at night, wandering with dogs, trail riding in the dark, etc. I love the diffused light option - it gives you a wider patch of light instead of a focused beam - and the option of a brighter but shorter lasting beam. Takes regular batteries, so that was also a plus for us.


                      • #31
                        So weird that y'all are talking about this -- right when I was researching headlamps for night riding!

                        I called Petzel today and asked for a recommendation for 1) riding, 2) tacking, grooming, barnwork, and 3) ground work where the horse is 30 feet away from me, often looking towards me, and I don't want to blind him. The guy at Petzel recommended this one because it has red light for night vision (without blinding the horse) and should attach to a helmet.

                        It's expensive, but cheaper than the lighted indoor arena I'll never get.
                        I have a Fjord! Life With Oden


                        • #32
                          I routinely ride with the car headlights shining into the ring or into the field. My horse gets nervous with headlamps, so I can't really do that. My barn does have a smaller ring with lights, but it's fairly close to the BO's house, and I feel terribly about disturbing her and her husband at O-Dark-Thirty when I'm usually riding. I also find that keeping track of the moon's cycles helps. If there's a full moon, you almost don't need lights!


                          • #33
                            I actually like riding in the dark. I've routinely done it for years.

                            But, thanks to everyone for posting ideas, especially for headlamps. I have a small one I used when braiding, but it's a bit weak.
                            ~ Horse Box Lovers Clique ~


                            • #34
                              had to follow up to my post from yesterday. I rode at dusk last night. By the time we warmed up the sun was down at 5:50 pm. Fortunately, my eyes adjusted and I could see fine with the white fence, the soft grey of the bluestone/sand, and the jumps in the middle of the ring. Just w/t work, with only a couple of laps of cantering in the dark. Footing is good in our arena, so I didn't have to worry. I did try the Black Diamond Storm headlamp I mentioned previously. Like the Petzl one mentioned above, it has the red LED lights for night vision, as well as a triple strength single LED beam, and another setting that uses only two LEDs that give a broader "circle" of softer light. I turned out my gelding, and while he was safely behind the gate in the paddock (but at the gate, waiting for his "good bye" carrot), I turned on the light. He gave a quick "what the heck?" but no bolting, no worries. I was AMAZED at how far the single beam triple strength LED beam reached across the paddock. I could see entirely across the ring, and beyond the paddock to the fence line adjacent to the driveway (at least 200 feet). I stood at my geldings head, and tried all three light settings directing away (in front of him), as it would be as I rode him. I flashed it left and right, up and down, and he didn't flinch. I was alone at the barn last night, so I decided to not try the light under saddle. Will try that next time, when someone is around, in case I get pitched in the dark. I'm sold on the Black Diamond Storm, for $40, the price is right. It also helped after I turned out all the lights in the barn and navigated my way to the car, in the darkness.
                              “Always saddle your own horse. Always know what you’re doing. And go in the direction you are heading.” Connie Reeves
                              Jump Start Solutions LLC


                              • #35
                                Thats it! I am buying a headlamp this weekend, and telling hubby he was right, and I was wrong! The light described above sounds like it would work great for me.
                                APPSOLUTE CHOCKLATE - Photo by Kathy Colman


                                • #36
                                  Originally posted by barnworkbeatshousework View Post
                                  Will try that next time, when someone is around, in case I get pitched in the dark. I'm sold on the Black Diamond Storm, for $40, the price is right. It also helped after I turned out all the lights in the barn and navigated my way to the car, in the darkness.
                                  Originally posted by Appsolute View Post
                                  Thats it! I am buying a headlamp this weekend, and telling hubby he was right, and I was wrong! The light described above sounds like it would work great for me.
                                  Please post back when you've ridden with the headlamp. I am particularly curious whether the red light gives you enough light to ride (in known footing) while being soft enough to use it for tacking and lunging (without blinding the horse).
                                  I have a Fjord! Life With Oden


                                  • #37
                                    Endurance riders often need to ride with glow sticks or a headlamp. Here's one that has a lot of nifty options to it http://www.longridersgear.com/catalo...oducts_id=1099
                                    "As soon as you're born you start dyin'
                                    So you might as well have a good time"


                                    • #38
                                      Originally posted by tabula rashah View Post
                                      Endurance riders often need to ride with glow sticks or a headlamp. Here's one that has a lot of nifty options to it http://www.longridersgear.com/catalo...oducts_id=1099
                                      Tabula, do you know if that strap will fit around a helmet?
                                      I have a Fjord! Life With Oden


                                      • #39
                                        Originally posted by Cindyg View Post
                                        Tabula, do you know if that strap will fit around a helmet?
                                        Yes, it will fit around a helmet
                                        "As soon as you're born you start dyin'
                                        So you might as well have a good time"


                                        • #40
                                          Here's also a blog review of headlamps for riding. This lady really knows her stuff http://enduranceridestuff.com/blog/2...ews-headlamps/
                                          "As soon as you're born you start dyin'
                                          So you might as well have a good time"