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Bear
Reg. Dec 2007
Posted 2019-01-22 2:54 PM
Subject: Listening to music while riding.



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I like listening to music sometimes while riding, especially if I’m just doing conditioning work like long trotting in a safe area, and I plan to be riding a few horses for like 2-4 hours. I’m talking about pretty repetitive, monotonous things. I listen to Pandora with ear plugs.
It doesn’t seem to effect my horses or my riding, but my wife thinks it’s a bad idea. I’m not talking about riding along a road or in the ditch. I’m talking about walking, trotting, loping around a groomed trail in a 20 acre pasture. It doesn’t seem to effect the horses any.

Thoughts? Does anyone else do this?
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Whiteboy
Reg. Jul 2012
Posted 2019-01-22 3:01 PM
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A few years back I really liked to Fly Fish ( I still do, but dont have time).  I'd put in some head phones and head up the river.  When my grandpa found out, he told me that I was missing the point of fishing if I needed music.  I agree with him.   
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Bear
Reg. Dec 2007
Posted 2019-01-22 3:05 PM
Subject: RE: Listening to music while riding.



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Whiteboy - 2019-01-22 3:01 PM

A few years back I really liked to Fly Fish ( I still do, but dont have time).  I'd put in some head phones and head up the river.  When my grandpa found out, he told me that I was missing the point of fishing if I needed music.  I agree with him.   

I get that, but I guess what I’m really asking is if it somehow interferes with what I’m doing, etc...
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Klittle3
Reg. Jun 2012
Posted 2019-01-22 3:10 PM
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Bear - 2019-01-22 3:54 PM

I like listening to music sometimes while riding, especially if I’m just doing conditioning work like long trotting in a safe area, and I plan to be riding a few horses for like 2-4 hours. I’m talking about pretty repetitive, monotonous things. I listen to Pandora with ear plugs.
It doesn’t seem to effect my horses or my riding, but my wife thinks it’s a bad idea. I’m not talking about riding along a road or in the ditch. I’m talking about walking, trotting, loping around a groomed trail in a 20 acre pasture. It doesn’t seem to effect the horses any.

Thoughts? Does anyone else do this?

I do as well, and I enjoy it. Sometimes I’ll base my workout off of which station or songs I’m listening too. Much like when I workout or run. More fast pace songs, I’ll do more loping or may sprint a few hundred yards or so and more slow paced songs, I’ll leisurely walk, trot, and just relax. I enjoy the mix up and it keeps me from getting bored. I don’t often listed to music because my kids are in the car and I’d much rather be talking to them or on the phone with my husband. So I do appreciate getting to listen to Pandora when riding horses.
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Southtxponygirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2019-01-22 3:11 PM
Subject: RE: Listening to music while riding.



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Not a good ideal I think, I want to always be aware of my surroundings at all time, I have dogs and rattlesnakes in my area and want to hear any signs if any dogs are trying to sneak up on me and want to beable to hear that snake, I have rode a many times and come across a rattlesnake. And people love to shoot their guns so thats another reason to want to be aware of whats going on around me.. And always got my thoughts working on over load while riding .. And I'm such a nature lover I love to hear whats out there, so many different sounds out here, lol..

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Frodo
Reg. Jul 2004
Posted 2019-01-22 3:40 PM
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Southtxponygirl - 2019-01-22 3:11 PM Not a good ideal I think, I want to always be aware of my surroundings at all time, I have dogs and rattlesnakes in my area and want to hear any signs if any dogs are trying to sneak up on me and want to beable to hear that snake, I have rode a many times and come across a rattlesnake. And people love to shoot their guns so thats another reason to want to be aware of whats going on around me.. And always got my thoughts working on over load while riding .. And I'm such a nature lover I love to hear whats out there, so many different sounds out here, lol..
Couldn't have said it better myself.  It's a distraction for me, breaks my concentration.  If someone tunes in to a radio here at work I have no problem asking them to turn it off.  But to each his own.............it's a free country at least for another couple of years.   

 

Edited by Frodo 2019-01-22 3:42 PM
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Bear
Reg. Dec 2007
Posted 2019-01-22 3:47 PM
Subject: RE: Listening to music while riding.



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I was talking to a good friend of mine who is an equine dentist and a pretty good horseman and he thinks it actually helps with timing and other things. Heck a lot of arenas have music blasting all the time.
He loves listening to classic rock when riding. So do I.
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Southtxponygirl
Reg. Nov 2006
Posted 2019-01-22 4:15 PM
Subject: RE: Listening to music while riding.



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Bear - 2019-01-22 3:47 PM I was talking to a good friend of mine who is an equine dentist and a pretty good horseman and he thinks it actually helps with timing and other things. Heck a lot of arenas have music blasting all the time. He loves listening to classic rock when riding. So do I.

Yes in a control area to me would be fine listening to music and yes arenas have music playing most of the time, but out in the open on a track, pasture, trail not so good..I want to be aware at all times.. When I lived in McAllen I had to really be on high alert and pay attention, I had a round track in my pasture to long trot my horses but you never knew what you would come across coming out of the brush, as in coyotes, illegals, or some as*hole wanting to scare your horse by shooting at your dogs that were running along side you while riding, coming from the Valley I'm always alert.. Arena riding would be just fine, outside the arena not so fine..
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mtcanchazer
Reg. Apr 2012
Posted 2019-01-22 4:17 PM
Subject: RE: Listening to music while riding.



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Personally, I love to listen to music or podcasts while I'm riding horses. It helps me focus and concentrate, as I'm not listening to the "outside world" or distractions. I even do this when I ride my colt, which probably isn't the best idea, but with music I can better pay attention to what I'm doing. It also relaxes me (and if its a good beat, gets me pumped too!) to the point that I'm not nit-picking (which I'm bad at). But it seriously helps me focus and I actually have a better ride than if I wasn't listening to music, and my horses I think like it better that way too. I see nothing wrong with it.  Pandora is my go to, too!
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dRowe
Reg. Jan 2017
Posted 2019-01-22 4:23 PM
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I listen to music every day when I ride. It helps me time warm ups and cool downs, and I can try to set a pace to a song to keep things fun.

However, I use a little bendy phone holder on my saddle horn and listen to my music on speaker phone so I can still hear all the nothingness my horse likes to spook at.
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lonely va barrelxr
Reg. Apr 2005
Posted 2019-01-22 4:23 PM
Subject: RE: Listening to music while riding.



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Heavy metal really gets me going. SO - way back when when I roadraced motorcycles instead of barrel racing I decided to listen to some motivational tunes during a practice session. I pulled in after my first lap and shed the plugs. Could not do it.

With barrel racing I might hear what song is on when they call my name, but by the time I'm in the alley I don't hear anything.

For straight forward exercising I know you don't need the same concentration and would say if you only had one ear bud in you'd be ok, but you'd be a little off balance maybe. But riding with both ears out of the equation might be a little dangerous. But you may be ok too. I'd give it a try and see how you do.
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okhorselover
Reg. Feb 2016
Posted 2019-01-22 5:21 PM
Subject: RE: Listening to music while riding.



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I love listening to music while I ride. I take a portable radio out to the arena or I have used ear piece. I see where Carol is coming from regarding being aware of your surroundings though. I'm sure Wilson would like to listen to music to How is he doing ?
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Bear
Reg. Dec 2007
Posted 2019-01-22 5:32 PM
Subject: RE: Listening to music while riding.



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Southtxponygirl - 2019-01-22 4:15 PM

Bear - 2019-01-22 3:47 PM I was talking to a good friend of mine who is an equine dentist and a pretty good horseman and he thinks it actually helps with timing and other things. Heck a lot of arenas have music blasting all the time. He loves listening to classic rock when riding. So do I.

Yes in a control area to me would be fine listening to music and yes arenas have music playing most of the time, but out in the open on a track, pasture, trail not so good..I want to be aware at all times.. When I lived in McAllen I had to really be on high alert and pay attention, I had a round track in my pasture to long trot my horses but you never knew what you would come across coming out of the brush, as in coyotes, illegals, or some as*hole wanting to scare your horse by shooting at your dogs that were running along side you while riding, coming from the Valley I'm always alert.. Arena riding would be just fine, outside the arena not so fine..

There really isn’t anything dangerous in this pasture. My horses alert me of any possible danger anyway. All I need to do is watch their ears!
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Bear
Reg. Dec 2007
Posted 2019-01-22 5:41 PM
Subject: RE: Listening to music while riding.



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okhorselover - 2019-01-22 5:21 PM

I love listening to music while I ride. I take a portable radio out to the arena or I have used ear piece. I see where Carol is coming from regarding being aware of your surroundings though. I'm sure Wilson would like to listen to music to How is he doing ?

Wilson is my brother. I rarely miss a day riding him, even when the weather isn’t the best. If something poses a danger, he will wheel around so fast....I can sense when he’s going to do that just quick enough to go to the Horn.
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Dash4KJ
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2019-01-22 9:19 PM
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  I ride all horses every day with music and earbuds. It helps me time my trot and lope time each direction and helps me really study the horses moves and think about what I'm really asking them to do for me. When I dont use them, my mind wonders and people talk to me (I ride at a city indoor) so I dont get as much done with each horse and I can still hear what goes on around me. I love spotify! Music and podcasts help pass the time on conditioning days!

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blccwgl55
Reg. Dec 2012
Posted 2019-01-23 6:29 AM
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I think if it's possible, you could just listen to it on speaker. I've thought about wearing headphones but feel like it's dangerous as you're not as prepared or aware. But maybe just hook the phone to your belt loop and put it on speaker!
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rodeomom3
Reg. Dec 2007
Posted 2019-01-23 6:48 AM
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I think it can be relaxing which is a good thing.  My routine to keep mine legged up is to long trot and  lope to 3 or 4 songs, walk a few then repeat.  I play the music on my speaker and when my horses hear it they know to get started.  I swear if a heavy beat/rock song comes on they pick up the pace, lol.   I don’t think having the music on has interefeared with anything.   
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Mainer-racer
Reg. Oct 2004
Posted 2019-01-23 7:07 AM
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I thought about starting to do this, especially listening to inspirational messages. Pro athletes have them on all of the time to concentrate and get motivated. I'm like a squirel, my mind all over the place and it helps me to listen and focus on what I'm doing. Who knows I may just forget what I'm doing and fall off. 
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TrackinBubba
Reg. Aug 2006
Posted 2019-01-23 7:41 AM
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I have a long trot playlist. Or podcasts. Cause long trotting is boring. Phone goes in its holder on my saddle or in my pants pocket, bluetooth earphones or on speaker if I forgot to charge the headset, and off we go. We've gone so many laps around my place that I don't really even have to steer any more. 
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MOGirl07
Reg. Feb 2012
Posted 2019-01-23 7:50 AM
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I certainly don't see anything wrong with it as long as you're aware of your surroundings.
I just don't because I typically end up talking to my horse the entire ride. No really. Like. About my day, about what's bothering me, what I'm excited about. At this point she probably thinks I am a nutcase but....
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