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post #1 of 20 Old 07-25-2012, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Music and riding

Does anyone ride to music that matches to the beat of their horse's gait? I've always wanted to try this but seems complicated.
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post #2 of 20 Old 07-25-2012, 11:16 PM
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I sing while I ride! That way I can choose the tune to fit the gait and not have to pre-plan the whole ride minute-by-minute. Also it helps me keep my eyes up (singing while looking down is darn near impossible lol). I always find the various marches that Handel wrote (for Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks esp) are really good for trot work. I sing more quiet folk ballads for the walk, Enya's Epona or Waltz of the Flowers (Nutcracker) for a nice canter, and the "gallopy" bit of Breath of Life (Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) for galloping lol.

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post #3 of 20 Old 07-25-2012, 11:18 PM
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I used to, not anymore, too focused on other stuff.
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post #4 of 20 Old 07-25-2012, 11:37 PM
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I tried to listen to my iPod once while I was riding! That lasted all of ... 20 seconds? It's really weird having music playing and eliminated the normal things I'd hear, like my horse's breathing / snorts, hoofbeats, stuff like that. It really made me realize how attentive to sound I am when I ride. As far as playing on a boombox or over a speaker or something... no I've never done that. I think some people in freestyle dressage have it very well coordinated! I heard Ms van Grunsven actually writes the music herself and calibrates it to her horse's movement. Stunning thought!
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post #5 of 20 Old 07-26-2012, 03:37 AM
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I love playing music or singing while riding and grooming!
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post #6 of 20 Old 07-26-2012, 08:05 AM
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Marches and dance beats like Zumba style music coordinate well. I think somewhere inside of me is a Dressage musical freestyler because I have some partial routines all imagined for a few songs - the Game of Thrones opening along and Lady Gaga's Poler Face (random, I know) specifically. I know a few riders that do it but for some weird reason, I find music to be annoying while riding.
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post #7 of 20 Old 07-26-2012, 09:15 AM
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When showing my mare I would hum the music to Toreador which has a nice beat for a lope. She would slow down or speed up. It was more of a dum dee da dum dum. If she got upset I'd switch to low monotone humming, which quieted her. Now that I think about it, it's like that low moaning with the release of tension.
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post #8 of 20 Old 07-26-2012, 09:22 AM
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Oh, the Game of Thrones opening would be awesome, DA! And yes, Saddlebag, the Toreador song is awesome for riding as well.
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post #9 of 20 Old 07-26-2012, 10:25 AM
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Many horses like music! Some experience it as environmental noise (not in a bad way, just that it's part of their environment rather than something to differentiate).

If it feels good to you to go hang out in the pasture with your horse and listen to music...go for it!! Your horse will notice you feeling good and associate the music with the good feelings!

Some horses are very attuned to music and really like when it's there.

You might consider classical music, or just some genre that feels good, rather than heavy metal or other harsher sounds or attitudes.
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post #10 of 20 Old 07-26-2012, 10:31 PM
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I love listening to music when I ride! Put the radio on, on my phone and I'm all good! It was kind of weird at first since the normal sounds you hear weren't there as much. But it's fun to make up easy dressage tests to your favorite song or just change gaits with the beat of the music!
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