Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Filming - the next step...

So one of the aims for the reunion was, as always, to get some footage of feet from a different perspective.
Steve Leigh and I had been planning this for a while but there is a limit to what you can put in place when you live 450 miles apart so there was a lot to be done once we met at the reunion in Wiltshire. 

It became clear pretty quickly that we faced a major logistical challenge, particularly as we only had the materials and tools which we'd brought with us. To the rescue came Will, whose horse Alfie was here earlier in the year and who not only lived nearby but had a workshop and an innovative practical solution to our problem. Without his time, help and expertise we would never have got this far, so huge thanks Will for all your help!

This was campfire technology, literally done on the hoof, and there is plenty we need to hone and improve on but its a promising start.

Ramping up from Nic Barker on Vimeo.

4 comments:

Tim said...

Hi Nic.

Well done with this. What struck me immediately was the flexing in the hoof as weight came on and off the leg. It would be interesting to do a comparison with a shod foot. I'm sure the shoe would be shown to be totally rigid inhibiting the natural action of the hoof, but it would be nice to see the proof.

p.s. Filly doing well. Mel very happy last visit :)

Kate said...

Video clip blocked for me . . .

Nic Barker said...

Great news Tim :-) Yes, we are going to play around with this a lot more I hope once we get the cameras and lighting sorted :-)

Kate, sorry about that - seems to be ok for everyone else so maybe try again?

FM said...

It's blocked here for me too, Kate, but I can watch it on Rockley's Facebook page. Try that?