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post #1 of 9 Old 01-11-2012, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Dressage Freestyles

Next June I am going to be doing a dressage freestyle in order to qualify for United States Pony Club Championships. I'm so excited, but I don't now where to start. I've picked plenty of songs to use, and narrowed it down. I'm going to go for a Black Beauty theme! I'm just wondering, should I lay out my floorplan before putting it to music, or try to fit the movements to the music? Should I time the movements I want to do? I've never done this before and I need some pointers! I'm so lost on all of this! /:
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Musical freestyles are a lot of fun! I qualified for Pony Club Nationals 3 times with musical freestyles (never got the opportunity to actually go though, unfortunately).

Anyway, I think you can do it either way, though personally I think fitting the movements to the music is easier when you've already chosen the music. What I always did was start by listening to the music and picking what parts seem to lend themselves to certain gaits. Then I'd usually listen while riding (not in any patterns) and just feel my horse and how her gaits matched the tempos of the music I'd chosen. Sometimes you'll have to slightly slow or speed up sections of your music to make sure it matches well to your horses' gaits! After figuring out the music and tempos, then I usually start planning the movements.

I hope this helped a little bit! :)
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Thank you. It did!! :)
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It is much easier to work out your test pattern, and fit the music to it, than the other way around. You shouldn't be riding to full songs in a freestyle. The music your select needs to fit with your tempo of your horses paces.

You are probably best to make your test, then video your horse after she's been warmed up, at walk trot and canter. You can then set a metronome to your horse's paces to work out what tempo they have in each pace, and find music that has the same or very similar tempo. You will need to crop music and stitch the sections together to match your test as you change paces throughout. One song won't be suitable for a whole test.
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Kayty is right, put your pattern together than fit your music to it. Video your horse andfind his/her footfalls to music than make your selection from there. There are many resources out there to help you. What level of a freestyle are you doing??
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What level of a freestyle are you doing??
Thank you for your input. I'm doing either Training or First Level. :)
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Oh, just to show you what some different music can do. This is a video clip from a Freestyle clinic I took part in last year, we were trying to figure out which canter music to go with. It is a bit rough, but just to give you an idea. We were putting together a first level freestyle.

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Thanks Freddy.

How do you go about finding classical type music like that?
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I actually had a professional help with mine (Karen Robinson of Applause Dressage). A good resource for finding music though is Equimusic

equimusic | online freestyle musical database

If you know your horses BPM in his gaits, you can narrow down your selections.
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