For a long time now, my trainer and I have been talking about going in on a Soloshot together. I knew I'd value it just as much as she did, being a blogger, and she has tons of use cases for it - sales videos, training rides for owners while they're at work - so I offered to pitch in.
But we were holding out for the Soloshot 3, which if you know anything of THAT saga, it's been delayed multiple times due to engineering challenges. She finally got fed up a couple of weeks ago and ordered a Pixio Move n' See:
This thing is awesome. It works indoors, and has a range of 330ft, which is pretty decent. If you leave the range briefly, it just stops moving where it last saw you, and then when it sees you again it moves to where you are and continues.
Ours is on a tripod in the corner of our indoor, with those smaller tripod things in each corner sitting on the rail. Each tripod emits a pretty bright green LED, and apparently horses can see green, cause:
(I finally got his cat crouch spooks on video, even if the Pixio was not calibrated correctly so we're not in the middle of the frame. I am so excited.)
Overall, once we got it calibrated, it does a really fantastic job of following the rider. (We put the sensor in our pockets rather than wear it with the watch band.) It honestly feels like a human is running the camera. It follows and zooms in and out as needed.
She set up a YouTube playlist for each rider, and after each lesson or training ride, she uploads the video. While it's total information overload, it's also incredibly useful. More useful than if we had mirrors. I can go back and listen to cues that worked for me in the lesson, and see what things looked like from the ground. One of the big reasons I blog is because during lessons I get so in the zone, I seriously struggle to remember what we did in the lesson afterward. This is going to help a lot with that.
And not to mention I get to see what his training rides look like and how her rides differ from mine:
|Get ready for all the blurry screenshots you can handle. Also, we are getting so much more foreleg reach these days.|
After seven years of mostly never having video or under saddle pictures on this blog, I am so excited to have this resource. Get ready for tons of cute pony videos!