KMSHA Video Guidelines
as of Thursday, July 07, 2005 -- 12:49:57 EST


To register by video, you should do the following with the horse:

  1. 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.

  2. 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 completely.

  3. Pick up the horse's foot and show closeup, and show if shoed, the kind of shoe it has on.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 video.

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!