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        05-11-2010, 02:49 AM
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    Originally Posted by RawhideKid    
    Thing is I can communicate with my horse!! We get along great!
    Welcome Rawhide!!

    The one thing a horse can do that a computer can you back!!
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        05-11-2010, 08:58 AM
    You need to resize and edit your photos, then post them on a photo server. This website and most others do not provide the storage for photos. So you are just inserting a LINK to where ever you store your photos.

    Most people do not want the world to have free access to their personal computers, So they store the photos on commercial photo servers. Just to suggest a couple, Photobucket, picaso, villagephotos . Basically these are online photo albums.

    When you type a message, go to your photo server and get the link address. I just copy this to my clipboard. Then in your message, click on the little yellow icon that looks like a mountain with the sun rising over it. In the dialog box that appears, paste in your link address.

    A coupe things to remember.
    Photos from your camera will be 1 mb or larger in size. If you will resize and convert them. It makes it much faster for others to download. I thinkmost folks prefer a 800x600 sized photo. Although I usually resize mine to 1024 x 768. The larger size is ok if you have a bigger monitor, which most new flats screens are. For the older monitor, anything over 800x600 cause the reader to have to scroll right to left as they read.

    Most computer screens do not display the detail that the camera can capture. So there is no need to post high res photo. When you convert your photo from the camera to a saved file. Save it as low resolution graphic file. Usually a JPG or GIF file at 72 dpi work well with most websites.

    Now lets see some of your photos.
        05-11-2010, 09:30 AM
    Painted -

    You, sir, are a PC literate horseman. That was a great explanation for posting photos! Can you do the same for posting video?
        05-11-2010, 10:24 AM
    Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
    Welcome Rawhide!!

    The one thing a horse can do that a computer can you back!!
    Thanks...and exactly!

    To Painted Horse....yes, great explanation, now if I just had a mind to take it all in and make it "compute"...but I'm more like the old pinball machines...TILT!

    Getting back to cinches... what about me riding with a lariet tied to the saddle, as well?! Thing to have it tied with a leather string which will easily break. Like your chaps.
        05-11-2010, 10:30 AM
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    Originally Posted by RawhideKid    
    Thanks...and exactly!

    To Painted Horse....yes, great explanation, now if I just had a mind to take it all in and make it "compute"...but I'm more like the old pinball machines...TILT!

    Getting back to cinches... what about me riding with a lariet tied to the saddle, as well?! Thing to have it tied with a leather string which will easily break. Like your chaps.
    I have a saddle string special for my rope. It has a long slit at the end. I wrap it around the rope then the slit goes over the horn. It makes getting the rope free quick and easy. While I guess the rope could get caught up on something...I've never had it happen. The latigo string would break pretty easily.

        05-11-2010, 11:39 AM
    Trails, I guess the answer is No.
    I just haven't ventured into the world of video. My wife keeps the camcorder for videoing the kids. It's too big for me to want to pack it around while I ride or go hunting.

    The video that the little point and shoot cameras produce, is coming of age and I guess there are some pretty neat new generation video cameras now available. But I haven't figured out how to take a video from horseback that doesn't seem like I bouncing all over the place. So nothing I would want to post. And watching the few seconds of video I have taken almost makes a person sea sick with all the movement.

    Then I come to the size. I won't even buy a decent SLR camera. I want something that I can just slip in my shirt pocket and pull out for a quick photo. Not a camera on strap bouncing on my chest as I trot thru the woods. In fact I just hate to wear my Binos around my neck during hunting season for this reason. So I just have not taken the time to practice with posting videos.

    As far as photos. I use photoshop to Clean Up my photos. I always color correct and resize the photos before posting. On occassion I add a watermark with my name or crop out something distracting from the photo. Photoshop offers a "Save for Web" option. And I have not find anything that produces as small of a file as that option. I can take the same photo, If I save it on other programs it's almost always twice the size of the Photoshop Save for Web file. That's part of the reason I don't worry to much about posting 1024x768 photos vs the 800x600 size photo. Because my 1024 sized photo have a smaller file size than most others folks 800x600 files.

    Here is an example.
    This original photo straight from the camera was 649,412bytes in size. The original format was 1600x1200 If I upload this file directly to Photobucket and use photobucket to resize it to 800x600 I get a file that is now 162,487bytes in size.

    The exact same photo, With color correction and resized to 1024x768 in Photoshop and then SAVED For WEB before being uploaded is now 59,297bytes.

    It looks better on the screen and is actually a bigger picture on the screen, It has lost a little detail. But most folks on computer screens can not see that lost detail. It's 1/10th the file size of the original photo from the camera, and 1/3 the file size of the same photo resized using Photbucket and many other photo softwares.

    The point being for Rawhide and others. Start posting your photos, But experiement a little to see what software gives you the best picture and the smallest size. There is no need to go and purchase a high end photo editing software. There are many choices of mostly free software that you can use. Find the one that is easy for you to use and gives the best compression. If you use the standard offered by photo servers suck as Photobucket. Nobody is going to complain. Because that is the accepted standard. But there are products that offer better performance if you look around.

    I keep the high resolution originals on my computer in case I ever want to print out a high res photo or use them in a magazine article. But for websites ( such as this one) on the internet. Low res works great. Saves folks down load time, and doesn't take up as much space on the photo servers you chose to store you photos on. At some point the photo servers will charge to you excess storage space or download bandwidth. So using lower res photos that take up less storage space will help you avoid those cost.
        05-11-2010, 12:05 PM
    As far as carrying a lariat on my saddle. I found after roping a 4 point deer and watching him run off with my rope because he wouldn't stand still for me to take the rope off, that it was easier to resist the temptation of being stupid, if I just didn't carry a lariat. I rarely work cows. So I don't need a lariat with me. I do carry my lead rope coiled up and hooked on a leather throng over my saddle horn. See photo.

    Never had a problem with the rope catching on anythng. I have occassionally got the butt of a rifle that was in a scabbard, caught on a tree when the horse brushed too close to trees as we bushwacked.

    I do use the rear or flank cinch. Mostly to keep the saddle from popping up in the back when I descend down something steep. I don't like getting launched over the horses head on steep slopes. I often hang my hobbles off the back saddle ring where the rear cinch attaches. I just feed the hobble strap through the ring and then thru the hobble buckle and let it hang on the side of the horse. When I get to lunch spot, I pull it off and hobble the horse, pull the bridle and let the horse graze while I eat lunch.

    Hobbled horses grazing while we eat
        05-11-2010, 12:13 PM
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    Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing.
        05-12-2010, 12:14 AM
    Livin the Dream!

    This is an awesome forum. So much input and info on all aspects of riding. I love all the tips for safe trail riding.

    Wow! You guys are living the dream! All the camping and riding... it's all I want to do. I'm looking forward to some long rides and some over-nighters for sure.


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