7 Steps to Analyzing Your Videos


Susan Garrett has awesome videos on dog training and she advocates videoing each of your training sessions.  She also talks about how to evaluate your videos.  I took her idea and changed it for horses.  Videoing my rides has been the most valuable learning tool besides taking regular lessons.  I started videoing regularly in 2013 thanks to Soloshot (www.soloshot.com).  With Soloshot, you don’t need to beg or pay someone to video you.  Now with this great 7 step process, 2014 is going to be even better.  Here’s the best way to analyze your videos.

  1. WATCH AND ENJOY!  For the first viewing, just sit back and enjoy the show.  Try not to pick it apart but just watch.
  2. NOTICE WHAT YOU DID WELL!  The next viewing take the time to make a list on what you really performed well, what you have improved on and what you know well.
  3. NOTICE WHAT YOUR HORSE DID WELL!  Again, make a list on how well your horse did, what he performed well in and what he has improved on.
  4. LOOK FOR ? YOUR HORSE HAS.  Can you tell from the video where your horse is confused, doesn’t understand what is being asked or hasn’t quite got something.  Look here for questions your horse is asking you.  Look for something you can tell he didn’t understand.
  5. WHAT COULD YOU HAVE DONE BETTER.  Ok here’s where our perfectionism can come out.  What did you notice that you need to improve upon?  What do you need to learn, work on or change?
  6. WHAT COULD YOUR HORSE HAVE DONE BETTER?  In this viewing notice what your horse needs to learn or improve in.  How will this effect your next ride or lesson?  What areas did you notice that weren’t great.  Write it down.  It’s going to be the map for your future rides.
  7. WHAT IS THE TAKE HOME MESSAGE?  Finally, overall what is this video telling you?  Maybe you need to go back and do some homework.  Maybe you need to step it up and challenge yourself more.  Maybe you are ready to enter that show.  What was the overall message?

Thanks everyone for being a part of Reflections From the Saddle and here’s to happy videoing!