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post #1 of 17 Old 02-04-2010, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Is it OK to listen to your iPod when you horse ride as long as if you have your ear buds in? Or is it dangerous?

Thanks, Gillian.

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post #2 of 17 Old 02-04-2010, 03:11 PM
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I don't like riding with ear buds in because you can't hear as well whats going on around you. I would rather just have a radio on in the arena

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post #3 of 17 Old 02-04-2010, 03:34 PM
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I agree with gypsy. If you are going to be riding on a trail, that's especially true. Things jump out on trails and surprise and spook horses all the time. I find it easier to keep a horse between you and the ground if you have a heads up
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post #4 of 17 Old 02-04-2010, 03:41 PM
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Agreed, try to have a radio or something.
So you can still listen to music but aren't "deaf" for the environment around you.

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post #5 of 17 Old 02-04-2010, 04:15 PM
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I remember, I once tried, but it wasn't that good.
I have to concentrate on my horse when I'm riding. And that's difficult while listening to music!

And when your horse (sorry, don't know the word, so I'll try an explanation) fears something, for example a noise, you can't hear it when you listen to music.
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post #6 of 17 Old 02-05-2010, 01:16 AM
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I personally don't and won't. Like other have already said, you need to be alert when riding. I have nothing against using a stereo/radio as long as it isn't so loud that it blocks out all other noises. My BO rides with her iPod and a small speaker and clips it onto her saddle. That's a good idea, especially if you don't ride in an arena.
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post #7 of 17 Old 02-05-2010, 01:40 AM
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To be the odd one out, I ride with my earbuds in all the time. And I mean ALL the time. I, personally, become more in tune with my horse when I don't hear all the other noise, like the cars, and my other horses rattling the chain on the gate, and this baby squirrel that lives in a nearby tree that sits and chirps non-stop. O_O I can concentrate on the music, and encourage my horse to move to the beat of the music. It's actually very beneficial for us.

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I think it's pretty dangerous. It's good to be able to concentrate on what you're doing and not totally focus on what's going on around you, but at the same time you should be at least somewhat aware for safety reasons. You want to be reachable as soon as possible if someone needs to contact you for an emergency or something. You want to hear things coming that could potentially spook your horse, and if your horse spooks at a noise you want to know that he didn't just spook for no reason and what exactly it was that spooked him so that you can be aware of what sorts of sounds scare him and potentially work on them with him. You should be aware of your surroundings with as many of your senses as possible because you know that your horse is. Your horse knows how to focus on the task at hand while staying very aware of everything around him. In order to work well with him, you should have the same ability to some extent.
So as nice as it sounds to be able to tune things out to concentrate, it's just not the safe choice. Having a radio or speakers you can hook up an ipod to set up in your barn/arena/etc is a much safer option if you want to listen to music while riding. I can also imagine that it would work out fine to carry a small portable music player with speakers built in and carry it on your person or attatched to your saddle.
That way you can focus on the music when you want, but be capable of hearing potentially dangerous things happening around you.
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To be the odd one out, I ride with my earbuds in all the time. And I mean ALL the time. I, personally, become more in tune with my horse when I don't hear all the other noise, like the cars, and my other horses rattling the chain on the gate, and this baby squirrel that lives in a nearby tree that sits and chirps non-stop. O_O I can concentrate on the music, and encourage my horse to move to the beat of the music. It's actually very beneficial for us.
That's what I was thinking. O_O Haha, but in a way it is dangerous like the other posters.

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post #10 of 17 Old 02-05-2010, 03:50 AM
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When I rode out I rode with one earphone in so I could still hear what was going on in my surrounding enviroment plus I could torture the poor pony while I sang along. He really didn't like Lady Gaga's PokerFace, don't why but if I started singing it his ears went back, lol.

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