A belated Merry Christmas to all my readers!
Hopefully you are enjoying a bit of extra daylight time with the horses during this weird week between Christmas and New Year, when no one really knows what`s going on and when, and The Sound of Music is on normal TV multiple times. Which reminds me to find out when and which colour bin will be collected …
This time of year is always a bit of a limbo for me; I like having time off and seeing family but I rapidly get bored of being inside! You may remember a month or so ago I said I would be giving Otis a fortnight off over Christmas. Well due to his excitable behaviour and exuberance the last couple of weeks I changed my mind! A couple of rides at the beginning of last week and a reduction in hard feed has kept the edge off him, but I thought I`d better ride him Boxing Day and today. Well, let`s face it, I needed an excuse to get out the house!
Yesterday was a steady hack around the roads to allow his washed and scrubbed legs to dry thoroughly. I usually brush dried mud off, but every so often I like to get them nice and clean and inspected. So today he needed a bit more of a workout as we`re visiting family until next weekend. Which gave me the perfect excuse to try out my Christmas present – a GoPro.
Has anyone got one?
Have you worked out how to tell if you`ve got it switched on and recording when it`s on your head?
I didn`t want a really long video of my ride, as most of it would be pretty mind-numbing unless I spoke my thoughts allowed. But by the time I`d go to the bridlepath I couldn`t work out if the camera was on or off, recording or not, or on video or photo mode …
Then I had a stroke of genius. I didn`t need to take off my hat to look at the little screen. I took my phone out of my pocket, turned on the camera into selfie mode, and held it up to my face. Now I don`t do selfies, so it took me a while to find the right angle, but then I could see the screen of the camera on the screen of my phone. After a few presses of buttons I was ready!
And here is the footage of our gallop – Otis going for a gallop!
I know many clients and friends will be excited to see what videos emerge over the next couple of months, and I think it will be really useful to record whilst I`m schooling, jumping or hacking.
It`s the grey bin on Monday, for anyone who`s interested.