5 Expert Tips for Video Recording Your Horseback Riding

In Ireland, the equine industry is valued at 1.3 billion dollars and employs 85, 000 full-time workers. The Irish love their horses and embrace the pleasures of horseback riding. If you’re in Ireland and want to video yourself riding your horse, you should know that modern, high-tech equipment makes it simple to capture every special moment. Read on to discover the best equipment for the job, as well as tips that will help you and your horse (and perhaps an assistant, too) to stay safe while you’re being filmed.

  1. Invest in a good camcorder

You’ll need a high-quality camcorder that is designed to capture all kinds of sports action flawlessly. A 4K camera with ultra high-def capability will be a smart buy. Some designs come with wristband-style remote controls of the wireless type. With a wireless remote control, you’ll be able to record at the touch of a button. You’ll have complete control of the camera via a wearable remote control. You should also look for a camcorder with exceptional battery life. Ninety minutes of battery life should be more than enough for a recording session that features you and your horse. You’re best off buying a rugged camcorder that’s waterproof or very water-resistant.

  1. Buy a flexible tripod

Of course, it’s easy to ask a friend to record you while you ride, but you may want the capacity to record yourself, without help from an assistant. If this is the case, look for a flexible tripod that you may wrap around a fence, or attach to another bit of hardscaping. Great miniature styles are available, which are supremely portable and able to support camcorders, digital cameras with video capability and smart phones. Just wrap your flexible tripod around a fence post. Then, set your preferred electronic device to “record” and mount your horse. It’s quite easy to take video on your own, so you don’t need to be dependent on another person.

  1. Don’t skip the safety equipment

You will need to wear the usual riding gear in order to boost safety, so don’t skip the hard hat just because you’re being filmed. A good riding helmet will provide plenty of protection. Other gear that’s essential to rider safety includes long riding boots and riding gloves. A saddle which is properly fitted and attached will also enhance safety, not to mention comfort.

  1. Keep your attention on your riding

Once you’ve set up your device and tripod, you should ensure that your focus is on enjoying a nice, safe ride. In other words, don’t get caught up in the fact that you’re being recorded and fail to concentrate on what you are doing. Keep an eye out for foreign objects on the ground, don’t attempt maneuvers that you haven’t done many times before and avoid going too fast. It’s also a good idea to arrive at the stables fresh and rested. Get plenty of sleep before your ride, as sleep deprivation may lead to mistakes on the track.

  1. Make sure that your horse is comfortable

Lastly, you need to take good care of your horse. Most riders are quite dialed into their horse’s moods, but it’s worth mentioning that all riders should be worrying about how their horses are feeling (and acting), even when the video cameras are rolling. If an assistant is filming you, be sure that this person’s presence doesn’t spook your horse. Keep your camera person well back, in a safe location. When you care for your horse and an assistant (if applicable), you’ll guard their safety, as well as your own.

Start taking video today

Video is great way to capture your connection with your equine pal, so why not follow these tips and begin recording your horseback riding today? Whether you bring along an assistant or go it alone, you’ll find that bringing the right high-tech equipment, wearing proper protective gear, keeping your focus on riding and considering the needs of all involved is the key to a great experience. Once you have video, it should be very easy to share it with friends, family and online connections.

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