Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Video archiving here today

Ok, video time…

I’ve been on a mission to see certain muscles in certain poses… well forever really. I just firmly believe that the very best way is video pausing. Although I’ve discovered recently (in the last month) that high speed video (which produces exceptionally clear “slow motion” or “SloMo”, is that a brand?)… is the very best way to study the motion of the muscle and all else to boot.

Thus I’m truly using this like a journal today and embedding 20 or so movies that seem helpful to me (that I wouldn’t like to lose the links of). So on to random bookmarks basically…:) It’s easier to archive them here than just as links like I normally do. (Easier for me, to sort through at least!)

For fun here are the Muybridge photographs to compare them to.

Nice resolution;


And just amazing how they look like little bull dogs running flat out like this;

I wish I had 3D glasses. I thought there were some here but apparently not.. wonder if this works with them!

I just LOVE this horse’s build;

Backwards canter. I’ve seen this a few times as an offshoot of the many things that can be taught. I’d bet I’m not alone in knowing what this is like to ride when a horse wants to gallop and you’re holding them back! ;) Course then it’s a little less controlled and has a lot more air time. :D

Interesting variety of things to be observed here. On many levels. ;)

I’ve never met a saddlebred I didn’t think of as being worthy of the name “Gumby” (or Stretch or something like that…). They’re becoming popular in dressage because they redefine the word “supple”! (Making them great for lateral work but also great for the precision of transitions that requires being elastic to round up or push out through the whole body).

Way creepy music here at first

Mostly here I’m noticing the shoulder absorbing the impact when a heavier horse is on the forehand like this…

Don’t ever let someone tell you that English riders never take their legs out of that equitation position. ;) No but seriously, the non-shod videos here are interesting. Some of the best are extreme close ups of the hoof landing in various forms (shod/unshod/trims etc). If you are into that definitely worth going over to the off-shoot videos)

Nomal race horse gallop stride. Compare it to the next one tho!

Interesting that this is 3 beat and the front actually hits down a sec before the hind. Wondering if this is a facet of being such a young horse? Being held back? Or what..?? Definitely not “stretching out” movement. Interesting though. They call it a “slow canter” which cracks me up a tad because your average rider in any other discipline would not feel that way – grins. That said, it's a good case for showing how the footfalls determine the gait, not the speed.

And I’ll tuck this here to compare this next one from a ¾ angle to the above too;

On to the other type of racing, the harness guys… pacers;

Now for a trotter… Always fascinating to see just how close the fronts come to the hinds before breakover. Otherwise not much use except to note the angles of the pasterns (rest is blurry/dark and such)

Commercial fodder.. not quite sure why this fascinated me enough to save the link. Pretty sure it was just the weird terrain montage biz…?

Arabian horse whisper. Interesting and yes, a little tough for me to watch b/c I used to this sort of body language work with my horse who was actually every bit as silly & then docile/responsive as some of these guys when he played (before he stopped eating and becoming miserable and oversensitive & then confused in general as he declined in those last 2 months). I suppose it was therapeutic for me to watch though. Someday again.

And lastly.. this has no real useful material in it but you should watch it to the end if you’re going to.. it’s a little different than you might remember.. ;)

In the course of my collecting these over this last month on you tube, I discovered that Getty Images now has Footage you can search through too;


Carol H. said...

Thanks for sharing these, Morgen!

Several years ago I bought a digital video camera and went to some horse shows to capture movement. Little did I know that the "consumer" technology was so bad at that time. Most movement faster than a walk showed blurred legs when I played it back in stop motion. So disappointing! I'm sure it's better now, though, but I know to get what I want, I'd have to shell out some serious cash.

Alicia Vogel said...

Thanks for posting these Morgan. Video is a terrific idea...and so obvious. I'm currently bonking myself on the head for not thinking of it!