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post #1 of 15 Old 02-11-2011, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Is music good for them?

Hello everybody! Talking to a friend about how horses behaves sometimes, she told me that she usually play classical music to her horses. She said it is good for them and then they are happier and work better.

Have anybody tried it? Do you think it could be a good idea or maybe it would made horses get angry?

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post #2 of 15 Old 02-11-2011, 07:19 PM
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Okay, I'm prepared to get a bit dented with what I'm going to say.

While most barns I have been at all played various kinds of music to keep the horses calm, I asked a few vets for their opinions about it plus did some research. This is what I was told which fell in line with what I had found reading/researching. Please don't ask for my references as this was done before the computer age. Yes I am ancient.

Horses like to hear what is around them. Music is a disturbance in that it makes it more difficult for them to hear clearly whats there. So the theory is that it can actually make them nervous instead of calm. From a human aspect we love music and it soothes us. But we are not prey animals so that is not vital to our survival to hear clearly and acutely.

Does it make them angry. Don't think they have any emotions connected to it, except for making it more difficult for them to hear whats in their surroundings.

Now with all that said, I am convinced that my horses love to hear me sing them lullaby's!

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post #3 of 15 Old 02-11-2011, 08:16 PM
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I also don't believe horses like music. They are content with the normal barn noises. Music can even keep them up! Can you imagine having music playing all the time and never allowing you to sleep or relax?
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post #4 of 15 Old 02-11-2011, 08:25 PM
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I recently read an article about a science experiment on this. Music can actually cause ulcers in horses, because of the constant noise. Exspecialy at night.

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post #5 of 15 Old 02-11-2011, 08:37 PM
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I agree that music should not be played all the time, especially at night. However, it can help cover up noises such as during a thunder storm or if construction work is being done in the stable or barn. The volume should be low and used as background noise. Just like anything else, a horse can get accustomed to it.

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post #6 of 15 Old 02-12-2011, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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thank you for answering! after reading you I won't play music to him I prefer he to listen to his enviroment better than music.

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post #7 of 15 Old 02-12-2011, 08:40 PM
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I know that apparently if you play classical music to cows they produce more milk and calm down... I understand the concept of horses wanting to hear what's around them but if you are there enjoying the music, I almost guarantee your good mood would rub off on them. ;)
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post #8 of 15 Old 02-12-2011, 09:21 PM
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I can't remember where I read it, but a lot of them get used to it playing and eventually just tune it out, much like humans do if you hear background noise for a while. But I suppose that would depend on how loud it is.
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post #9 of 15 Old 02-12-2011, 09:48 PM
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When one of our horses had to be stalled up by himself, I kept the radio on because it soothed him and he wasn't so lonely. If I turned it off after a few hours he'd get to neighing and pacing.

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post #10 of 15 Old 02-13-2011, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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So do you recommend to play them low and clam music only when they are nervous?

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