Instagramming the Farm

Over the weekend I was out at the farm and wanted to play around with Instagram Video. As a marketing professional (you know, in my life outside of horses), I was nerd-ily excited when Instagram announced this week that users are now able to use previously recorded video taken outside the Instagram app itself. That opens up a whole world of possibilities!

So I spent some time on Saturday after the team ride tromping around taking short video clips of stuff around the barn and grounds. I’m sure I looked like an idiot, although luckily not too many people were out and about. I warned Luke in advance that I was about to go make a bit of a fool of myself, though, and I’m pretty sure he was only one who saw me.

Later on I cobbled some of the clips together into my first of what is sure to be many Instagram videos starring horses/the farm.

It has come to my attention that the video is not always pulling through and may show a “content unavailable” error. While I try to sort this out, if you want to watch the video, click here.

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#summer day at the farm with the #horses

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I have a bunch more clips to use in the future, and I’m excited to get more. I wasn’t terribly happy with the light on Saturday (listen to me, all of a sudden I’m an expert!). I’m sure there are tons of things I have yet to discover that will lend themselves beautifully to these kinds of Instagram clips.

My goal is to capture the essence of being at the barn and around the horses – you know, that wonderful feeling that all is right in the world (or maybe that lovely feeling of being centered). One thing I really liked about finding Instagram-worthy clips was that it made me look at my surroundings in a different way. I noticed details more clearly, and I took my time looking around me for beautiful things. Overall, it affected my mood by making me feel happier. A good ride didn’t hurt, either.

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