To register by
video, you should do the following with the horse:
Show it leading
with a halter, without a saddle, in a 30 foot circle in both
directions (clockwise and counter clockwise). Record in good
light, but avoid positions that throw shadows on the part being
recorded. Hold the camera steady, have the handler of the horse
turn the horse as needed rather than the operator of the camera
moving about the horse.
Show the horse
at four angles standing (a) front view; (b) right side; (c) rear
view: (d) and left side. Be sure to record a FULL-BODY view of
each side. Zoom in for a closeup of the face. Pull the forelock
aside for a full view of the forehead. Zoom down the neck and
chest and legs to the feet. Zoom in on the rear, pull tail
aside, and move down the legs to the feet. Zoom in on the
shoulder and move down legs to the feet, showing all markings if
any are present. When recording close-ups, especially of
markings, PAUSE long enough to allow recording of the part
Pick up the
horse's foot and show closeup, and show if shoed, the kind of
shoe it has on.
Saddle up the
horse, mount (record horse and rider as the horse is being
mounted) and ride for at least two minutes (more as needed) to
show gait as observed from the right/left sides; moving straight
away from the camera and straight back toward the camera. Don't
ride the horse in grass too high to see or hear the feet. At
times, the video must be reviewed in slow motion to evaluate the
gait, so the feet must be seen.
Ride the horse
on a road or hard surface to hear the count beats, record
close-up of feet and legs in action. By riding on a hard
surface, it will be easier for the person reviewing the tape to
see and hear clearly the hoof beats.
Suggestions: If available, use a tri-pod to help stabilize the
camera to avoid shaking or wobbling of the film's picture. If you do
not use a tripod, the camera operator should not walk around or move
so much that the resulting pictures are too shaky for accurate
evaluation. Talk while doing the video, be sure to say the horse's
name and describe the horse and what you are showing on the film.
This is especially important if you have more than one horse on the
Before mailing it to the KMSHA office, please review the tape to
be sure that everything is included and can be viewed clearly. In
case you have made a 'camera' error, you can reshoot the tape. We
have received videos that were completely blank, or videos where the
camera operator thought the camera was on pause when it was actually
recording, or vice versa. Happy Recording!