Have had the chance to ride with a GoPro for over a year now and its been absolutely priceless. Being able to share with others who don't ride or were not at a particular event, what the experience looks like from a rider's point of view is something words just can't express, not to mention the neat footing of special things that happen that are not expected like horses bucking, riders falling off, spooks, crossings etc etc. The list is endless of the treasures you will collect with your GoPro.
There are some great helmet cams on the market as well now that should be looked at. I think what you choose to go with, will really depend on your lifestyle and what you intend on doing with it(horseback riding or otherwise).
GoPro’s are the perfect filming device when riding a horse, as they are pocket size and have built-in stabilising facilities – no this isn’t a sponsored post. Unlike a handheld camera where the footage becomes a 30-second tribute to the sky or ground, a GoPro can be fixed to a helmet, pole or chest harness to hold it steady and allow you to concentrate on riding. Kind of important!
There are oodles of GoPro accessories that you can buy as well which changes the angles of what you are filming.
Once home, it’s the moment of truth where you download your video files and relive your ride. No doubt you’ll have a library of video files of your trip, some will be great and others not so much. Friends and family don’t want to see your unedited video footage unless someone is being doing something outrageous or something really fun happens. If you do want to show friends and family, and if you have the skills, you should compile the highlights of your video footage and put it together into a video montage. So five minutes maximum of your trip with one of your favourite songs as backing music. Short and sweet is the trick I find.
It's a blast to put together and it's really fun to watch for anyone who wants to see it. It's a great way to relive the experience and seeing the best part. I do a lot of different things with our horses, so the GoPro is always a blast to use. I think if you only do one discipline that is specific like Hunters, it will likely be very boring and repetitive. Jumpers at least has a lot of different jumps and obstacles and a lot more variety and the same goes with the rest of the disciplines(a lot of fun content to film!). If you have any questions regarding them, just send us a message!