I usually listen to podcasts while I drive, ride and do my more boring activities. However, I decided to put my ipod on shuffle and listen to my music while I rode on the trail the other day. The music is an eclectic collection of music, mostly random music I don't have hard copies of, so it remains on my computer. A little bit of medieval harp music, random country hits, rock, fiddle tunes etc.
It was interesting to listen to the music, which has a beat, and be riding a horse, which has a beat of it's own. It was also surprising how often the song that would come up randomly would match the mood and/or beat that Farley and I were doing! Walking along away from home, a civil war brass band marching song came on. It was in PERFECT tempo to Farley's walk! I know that the tempo for a march is a specific beat, because the songs were designed for troops marching - is it possible that because of the long history of the war horse, that this "march tempo" also came about because of the pace of the average walking horse? I wouldn't be surprised.
Going home over a rather technical single track, complete with soft spots, scary bushes, and a horse intent on tearing towards home, the song "Girls Gone Wild Came On". It was PERFECT. I had the biggest smile on my face as we tore down that trail and that song captured the mood, excitement, drive, and us "girls" perfectly (for those of you new here, Farley is a mare, stuck with a boy's name because I'm obsessed with the black stallion).
Lots of money is spent on developing Freestyles in the dressage and matching the music with the tempo, mood, and style of the horse. What songs fit your horses walk? trot? canter? Which songs capture the style of your horse and rider partnership best?
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