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post #1 of 18 Old 07-28-2012, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Riding with headphones in?

Do you think it would be ok to ride with headphones in? Sometimes my speakers bother my horse when I ride.with music so I was wondering if it would be fine to ride with headphones so only I could hear it. ?
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post #2 of 18 Old 07-28-2012, 07:54 PM
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If they bother your horse, figure out why. Is it scary for your horse? Maybe it would be a good idea to desensitize your horse to the speakers. Go in there to groom, to ride, to roll, to tack up and just leave the music on.

I wouldn't ride with headphones personally.. because when I have something in my ears it makes it harder for me to tell my balance and feel things which may be weird.. but if you can do it, good for you!

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My eyesight is rubbish - my peripheral vision in particular. Because of this I rely quite heavily on sound when I'm riding to develop a mental image of what's going on around me. But even when I ride with contacts it's amazing how much I still rely on sound. Also I tend to find headphones cut out all awareness of things that aren't directly in front of you - you might as well have blinkers on.
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I find that riding with music helps me with my rythm and calms me down, then making my horse calm. I think it is perfectly ok to ride with headphones in (even if it is just one) when your not on the road (that could be a distaster as you wouldn't be able to hear traffic as well) and just schooling in an arena or riding around a paddock. But I also agree with what the others have said about the seakers, desensitizing the horse to them is very helpful!!
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post #5 of 18 Old 07-29-2012, 07:49 PM
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I think this all depends on you and your horse... I can ride with headphones in no problem, but usually I only ride with one headphone in and the other tucked away where ever I can stash it. This is because with my one mare I have to keep an eye, (and an ear!) out for scary monsters that might try and bite her... If the speakers bother your horse and you can ride with headphones in I don't think it's a big deal as long as you can still pay attention to your surroundings.
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post #6 of 18 Old 07-29-2012, 07:55 PM
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well my Paint and moms both have spooked at radios. and we rode by them a few times and moms horse figured out they wont eat him and my gelding i turned him around and worked close to them but not next to them and now hes fine. i usually have my phone on with music so they are use to it as its on when they are getting foor, grooming, saddling, riding, playing.
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post #7 of 18 Old 07-29-2012, 10:44 PM
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In the winter I will usually ride with them in. Actually more like fall/winter/spring. As long as I have a jacket on. Riding with my phone in my back pocket is distracting as at the canter it tries to jump out.
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post #8 of 18 Old 07-29-2012, 10:45 PM
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Also I only ever use 1 headphone while in the barn, so I can still hear my music and everything going on around me. It's never very loud at all, just loud enough so I can understand it.
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post #9 of 18 Old 07-30-2012, 03:08 AM
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I don't like riding with headphones. First, I don't hear the environment then, and, as my eyesight is bad, I mostly rely on my hearing, and second - I want to hear my horses' breathing, it can tell a lot about how he feels during the ride or training.

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post #10 of 18 Old 07-30-2012, 05:26 AM
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Hm, well, it's a bit like with anything you ride (bicicle, car, etc.), with earphones on you endager yourself, because you might not hear something you wuold have needed to hear. Besides, as far as I am concerned, if I don't ride very slowly, music would deconcentrate me I think.

But anyway it's better with earphones than with speakers if your horse isn't used to them. But don't you just like the sound of nature around?
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