Using Music in the training of horses.

I am having such a pleasure working with my horses and not too long ago I discovered the advantage of training my horses using music.

In between working with the new dressage exercises from Carolyn Resnicks blog. In-between theses exercises I have had a good progress in responsiveness, rhythm and fun adding music with one of the mares.

I introduced my mare to music and it was very challenging and rewarding. I don’t think she had heard music before and she added a lot of energy in her own movements running around on the training area.


Horses have very sensitive hearing so I experimented a bit with how high the music should be and what kind of music could work. After trying a bit of soft classical and and latin rythms with guitar, we ended on a drumming Latino rhythm that I liked very much. I think my own likings also influenced the fun in the training. I am very often inspired by various kinds of music, it can trigger my energy and mood in a positive direction and I think the horses can feel that.


Well all this is all new for me but it certainly works - Watch our Wind Dance:


The great effects of music has been around for hundreds of years like Plato wrote:

"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just, and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate and eternal form."


If we ad a bit of sciences as well we learn that the entire human energetic system is extremely influenced by sounds, the physical body responds specifically to certain tones and frequencies. Music is stress-fighting and increase the body's production of serotonin which is a chemical necessary for communication between nerve cells.


So why not ad a bit of music to your horse training?


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Comment by Mary Ginn on July 4, 2010 at 8:27pm
That was fun to watch!
Comment by Stina Herberg on July 2, 2010 at 6:54pm
Hi Jennifer, thank you for your nice comments.
I have a herd of wild rescue horses, so it has taken 2 years, perhaps with a more "normal" horse it would take shorter time.
Kind regards Stina
Comment by Jennifer Lamm on July 2, 2010 at 5:23pm
Dear Lord that must have taken a long time to get him to learn all that.. what a fantastic dance... we are just starting.... I wonder how long it will take to have a whole dance together... :) Thanks for the amazing video and many hugs and strokes to that amazing horse of yours.
Comment by Jennifer Lamm on July 2, 2010 at 5:17pm
Hi!! At first I was putting on the music so my horses could hear... then, I decided I wanted to practice teaching them things quietly.... so, I went to a headset for me.... I hear the music, I can get the rhythm going and then they keep up with me and my rhythm... I have been very much more motivated when I have the music..... sometimes I do take my boombox out to the arena but my horses are only allowed to listen to country, LOL... Right now Oliver my horse and I are working on a liberty routine to "I've got alot to Learn" by my favorite singer, Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn... Now, I am going to go and watch your video./.. :)

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