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post #1 of 54 Old 04-22-2010, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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Riding with IPod.. Good or Bad?

Hey guys, Just wondering what your opinions would be on this... Riding your horse while listening to your IPod.... Good or Bad?

Please state Yes or No and your reasoning because I can't decide if it's bad or not. I haven't tried it but I think it would relax the rider (depending on the music) which would relax the horse. I wouldn't do this with an untrained horse of coarse but for just hitting the trails. But I can also see how it would be bad, you couldn't hear something like a truck if you ride near a road, barking dog running behind you. But if you kept the music low you would be able to also hear these things so I don't know. What do you think? Am I completely nuts?
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post #2 of 54 Old 04-22-2010, 11:32 AM
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I, personally, am not a fan of anything that would impede any of your senses while riding, so my vote would be not a good idea.
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post #3 of 54 Old 04-22-2010, 11:40 AM
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I want to hear even smaller noises that the ipod would prevent. Like a deer running through the woods and more warning of things approaching
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post #4 of 54 Old 04-22-2010, 11:57 AM
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I agree with the above replies and I'll add that, as a trail rider, I want to enjoy the ride and all the sounds of nature. A distraction such as an iPod can easily place you in danger by taking you away from the task of riding.

I just can't imagine why someone would want to be listening to music while riding. Time and place.

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post #5 of 54 Old 04-22-2010, 11:59 AM
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I agree it's not a good idea.

Plus, I don't see why you would want to. I love the still and quiet of my surroundings when I'm riding. It's so much better than any soundtrack :)

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post #6 of 54 Old 04-22-2010, 12:10 PM
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Its nice to have music when schooling dressage cor tempo, and I listen to Kanye West and Fort Miner when I'm doing my gallop sets. It shuts out the outside world and makes me focus in my little bubble. I wouldn't do it anywhere else then where i do, because I know that it's pretty safe there. And geof is a
safe horse. I woulnt do it on the trail
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post #7 of 54 Old 04-22-2010, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I see where everyone is coming from. I don't get to trail ride too much on trails. My rides are more through cornfields and hay fields and It's mainly just wandering around because there is no trails near me, even gravel roads are not to be seen. I'm not sure how my horse is with traffic and cars around here are loud and people are down right stupid when it comes to seeing a horse. If I see a horse and rider I slow WAYYYYY down, get in the other lane and keep the motor as quiet as possible; other people ROAR pass, revving thier motors and stay in the same lane. I even had a guy in a beat up old pick-up come beside me and honk his horn and yell for me to 'get that a$$ moving!!!' I was soo stunned it caught me off gaurd and made my old horse rear up and take off. I held on and was able to calm him after a few strides but what a jerk! If Windy hadn't ran off I would have got the plates and called the cops but didn't get a chance.

So I see the IPod was a no-no. I thought it was but figured I'd see what everyone else thought.
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post #8 of 54 Old 04-22-2010, 12:16 PM
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There was an article a few years back in Practical Horseman that suggested listening to a CD player or iPod for keeping a consistent tempo. It even had suggestions on songs to use for different gaits or motions, as well as a link to a free audio software to speed up/slow down different songs to match your horse's footfalls.

That said, I do ride in my iPod. In enclosed spaces that my horse is very familiar with and I feel there is very little danger presented. I would rather ride with a CD player, but depending on where my horse is (he's a traveling wilbury!) sometimes they don't have one so I ride with my ipod.

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post #9 of 54 Old 04-22-2010, 12:24 PM
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I see nothing wrong with it for ring work as long as you use it in a manner that it is not inhibiting your ability to hear those around you.

So, maybe with only one ear bud in. That way when another rider is telling you that they are circling you will know not to turn just then, etc.
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post #10 of 54 Old 04-22-2010, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah that's true, In his pasture is where I mainly ride him, Its a flat open acre and a half and I never have anyone coaching me so I ride 100% alone, except my Yorkie, she sits on the porch sunbathing and watching me :) If I talk firm to Glyder she sits up but knows better than to get in the pasture. So maybe one earbud in the enclosed pasture?
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