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post #1 of 11 Old 01-21-2014, 02:20 AM Thread Starter
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Horses and Music?

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I have wondered if any of your horses respond positively to music while training or anything similiar?
Do they have favorite music as well? How can you tell?
I don't think it is smart to train with music all the time but once in awhile I feel it is a good mix up.
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post #2 of 11 Old 01-21-2014, 02:25 AM
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Horses like rhythm, and music may provide it. I sometimes turn on some ethnic/folk music with steady rhythm and clear melodies when I train, and my gelding even changes his paces according to how a song goes! I suspect that not all horses enjoy music equally, and it should not be too loud, but I think it is a great addition to a training session, that helps the trainer to tune in the process as well.

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Usually they like it. We've left radios on for them, not overnight usually because they too need their sleep, but during day? Horses will enjoy it I think.

And at the ASB shows, there is an organist playing, and that pumps the horses up during their classes too, and they respond to the various tunes.

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My ex-SIL and I tested this theory back in the late 70's.

We learned our horses (there were four) got all antsy when we put the radio on what was then known as "hard rock".

They were much better behaved and willing, when we left the radio on a country station.

Dad used to keep "elevator music" on for the milk cows, thinking the quieter more peaceful music would help them give more milk.

I also will not keep a radio on at night but, I do turn the radio on, first thing in the morning. If I can't get a country station to come in clear, I am forced to put the radio on Super Talk 99 so there's some noise.

It's really more a routine, as my four know the radio comes on, they get hay, they get fed an hour or so after that, then they get turned out.

While the time frame varies, the routine stays the same, always including the radio

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Freestyle dressage to music is wonderful to watch.

Mine likes my middle east, or belly dancing, music. It has a hard solid beat we can follow.

Music also drowns out the naysayers and their snarky comments.
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Music can be a nice addition to a training session. The horse may like it and if the music has a definite beat that is similar to the horse's way of going it will help you and the horse keep to a proper rhythm, kind of like counting to yourself when trying to set a steady rhythm when schooling
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RI always plays classical music during dressage lesson. The horses seem to be indifferent.
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post #8 of 11 Old 01-21-2014, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Okay thanks! I will have to experiment and ask my barn about their experience with horses and music. I just didn't want to feel like the oddball out there that would do some training on her future horse with music once in awhile lol.
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one of the boarding barns I was in had constant music in the arena and barn, they said the music drowned out any sudden loud noises that could spook the horse during training. This worked really well for the most part but it was hard finding a radio station that every horse in the barn enjoyed xD. My pony loved taylor swift and country, but the grey horse across the isle spazzed with any violins or fiddles present, and the young horse at the end of the barn liked things with a good drum rhythm. Now in my new barn, my new horse rarely gets to listen to music and he becomes uncomfortable and tense when he does hear it.
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My mom and I will play music if we're mucking on our own. If I'm alone, I usually wind up singing along, to their dismay. :)

Both of my girls seem okay with a variety of stuff. Lucky likes Miranda Lambert, Star likes Florence + the Machine... generally, they seem to prefer a female singer.
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