Recently our crew put on their ten gallon hats, rustled up their equipment and moseyed on out to the Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland, New York. When they arrived they lassoed two wranglers and “Trigger”, the equine leading man, in the corral for a horseback riding safety video shoot. Fortunately for everyone involved, our crew left their six-shooters at home and shot the video with a SONY EX-3 camera.
The wranglers demonstrated the proper way to mount and dismount a horse, as well as how to control a horse while walking on a trail. The video will be shown as a tutorial to all the cowboys and cowgirls waiting in line for their turn to ride.
Luckily for the Rocking Horse Ranch the Ellenbogen Group does not believe in the old saying, “never work with animals and children.” Along with the usual hazards of working with horses (mainly avoiding the “land mines” they leave behind) there was a specific challenge during the shoot. Audio & Sound Technician Brian Dyke explains, “Being that the shoot was entirely outside, we didn’t have to use lights but we did use a reflective board to brighten up some of the shots. I learned the hard way that horses are attracted to movement and light when I was moving the reflective board for a shot. I turned around and 6 or 7 horses were sneaking up on me; it looked like a very slow stampede. Needless to say, from that point on I was very aware of my surroundings.”
Despite starting an impromptu horse parade the shoot got a resounding YEEHAA! The Ellenbogen Group looks forward to showing up to the next showdown.