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post #1 of 10 Old 07-22-2011, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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Riding to a Metronome

Has anyone heard of doing this? Lately I've been riding a few relatively green horses, which as many of you know can be notoriously challenging to keep at a steady, even, relaxed pace. I know that some of this has to do with the rider's ability to maintain a specific rhythm despite the horse's fluctuations. It seems to me that having a metronome or some similar device to help keep time might be helpful. What do you think?
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-22-2011, 01:27 PM
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Metronomes that are loud enough to be heard from across the arena are pretty pricey. Mine is a portable one that is super quiet; it does me absolutely no good practicing my violin, lol! If you could find a portable one small enough that's also loud enough, you could clip it onto the Dring of your saddle.
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I did that for while with my horses. Frankly I hated it - too annoying. So quit after a week or 2. :) Better ride to the music (just find the rythmo you need).

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post #4 of 10 Old 07-22-2011, 02:19 PM
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Rhythm beads could possibly be a cheaper alternative.
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I did that for while with my horses. Frankly I hated it - too annoying. So quit after a week or 2. :) Better ride to the music (just find the rythmo you need).
Gets my vote, music is great, so are things like chanting nursery rhymes, which is my favorite tactic when out on the trails. When there is courage failure, of horse or rider or both, it help reestablish breathing, rhythm and trust and can get you back into sync
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I love rhythm beads and they really do help me. It gives your mind something to focus on. They are cheap and easy to make yourself. Really, if you didn't want something very pricy, just grab a jingle bell off your Christmas decorations and braid it into the mane with a string. Does the same thing.
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Neat, thanks for all of the input about how you all keep time and pace! These are some great tips.
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-24-2011, 10:24 PM
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I tried the singing when I rode last night - and it really helped! I'm re-training an OTTB, and she does not know the meaning of the word rhythm!

By the end of the ride, I found I was able to keep her rhythm fairly regular - definitely the best so far...

And the song I was singing in my head...?

Ding, dong the witch is dead. Which old witch? The wicked witch!

The bold words are where I 'sat' in the rising trot haha
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My favorite is One man went to mow, LOL, can go on for ever, glad it helped.
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Just get yourself some honky tonk Hank Williams music and turn it up loud.

It has the right beat and the horses like it too.

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