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        12-11-2006, 07:24 PM
    Originally Posted by child in time
    I've came to conclusion that music definitely excites my filly. On classic music she is movin' like she is dancing, but she is more calmed down as opposed on rock or metal which is scary a little bit for her, she starts to run....
    My kitty loooves loud abnoxious music. And high pitched notes played on a guitar. Supposedly the high pitched part is common for kittys to like. Hmmm.

    There was a study on whether or not horses respond to music. I wish I knew the experimental name, maybe you could google it? I tried but no luck.
    Long story short, they found no real correlation to music and a horse's bahavioral change. They did note some signifigants signs - less chewing, more whinneying, pacing, ect - but not enough to equate to a pattern. They also did different genres, such as country, rock, rap, classical, ect. But still, no real pattern.

    I still leave the radio on at times.. I do believe that it is still a certain type of stimulus.

    Good food for thought as to whether or not there is an emotional effect on a horse with music.
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        12-12-2006, 07:36 AM
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    I spent a summer working in a dog kennel and they always had classical music playing because they believed it soothed the animals. I guess different strokes for different... creatures, though :)
        12-12-2006, 08:06 AM
    My cat had bumped into a speaker for couple of times when we had listening loud music. It was so funny how he did it. He punched the middle of speaker with his front leg.
        12-12-2006, 08:09 AM
    Maybe what I saw is accidentaly but defenetly there is something about it.
        12-12-2006, 06:09 PM
    Originally Posted by Administrator
    I guess different strokes for different... creatures, though :)
    I really do think this is true!

    Perhaps one of the keys to horses reacting to music is not necessarily the horse reacting to the music - but rather the horse reacting to the human who is reacting to the music. If I hear country music, I become irritable which my horse could easily read and react to. When I hear a favorite song, I become excited, a terrible song - annoyed, a sad song - sad ect ect. Horses work and understand one another through body language, therefore they are extremely sensitive and acknowledging to all body languages, including from humans.
        12-12-2006, 06:11 PM
    Originally Posted by child in time
    Maybe what I saw is accidentaly but defenetly there is something about it.
    I believe there is research to prove cats enjoy high pitched noises.. maybe that contributed?

    (sorry to double post.)
        12-13-2006, 12:48 PM
    Ok well I listen to punk/goth/emo rock..metal :)
    My favorit band is my chemical romance
        12-13-2006, 12:51 PM
    My horse enjoys country I think, he wants to go fast and stuff when its playing, but my cat she likes rock.
        12-14-2006, 08:52 PM
    What music I like, depends on my mood, and what I am doing. If I am cleaning, I like music with a good dance beat to it.
        12-14-2006, 11:44 PM
    Originally Posted by Administrator
    This may be a crazy question, but do any of your horses respond to different types of music?
    My horse doesn't like rock, rap or metal, he really doesn't. He wrinkles his nose at it and asks if it can go away, it's the funniest thing.

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