Headphones at the barn
I was reading an article recently about things you can do after a fall if you're nervous about riding. One of the suggestions was to listen to your iPod. I thought that was an odd thing to suggest because it seems to me that having headphones on while riding doesn't seem like a great idea.
Now, I don't think it said anything about using headphones specifically but since it didn't just say "listen to music" that was my understanding of it. It got me thinking about listening to music on headphones while at the barn. One barn I was at had a rule against it as a safety issue which I understand. You can't hear if you have headphones on and so you are less aware of what's going on around you.
That being said, I listen to music on headphones while I work at the barn. I am as safe as possible about it. I leave one out so I have full hearing with one ear, and I keep the volume low. The reason I do that is because I am alone a good part of the time I'm there and being alone makes me anxious. Especially when it's so quiet. Anyway I felt like my being anxious was making the horses anxious, and so listening to music calms me down, which calms them down. It's worked well so far but I was just wondering what others opinions are on doing this.