Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
Horses cannot actually distinguish rhythm or beats (and therefore do not hear music as we do). The only two animals which can are humans and birds who mimic speech.
To horses, music is just noise. It is likely she calmed down from one of two reasons, the music drowned out background noises or you relaxed from the music, therefore calming her.
I don't know about this. Science always pretends something is a fact until it is proven not to be.
I have all of one data point that brings this theory into question. When my mare was a filly I would sing cadence for my
benefit, not hers. She had one speed for every
gait - fast. I have always had a hot seat, so I naturally wanted to ensure I wasn't adding to the problem. I sang - outloud - cadence to control my seat. Anyway, people on the ground often commented to me that her foot fall was in perfect time with the cadence. They would say, "you aren't going to believe this, but...". I couldn't see it, of course. I filmed her for other reasons, and sure enough...there was no question to the most casual observer. As her training progressed I could feel her body respond to the beat under me - whether to my wonderful melodious voice
, or music I had picked. B/c of this observation, I use it on the ground to teach her "moves"...it worked/works unbelievably well. Soooo...I disagree...they can hear rhythem and beat.