A video was posted on YouTube which shows a brown horse named Shacker, listening to music on his owner’s phone calmly and attentively. This video is a rare masterpiece, worthy of more than actual publicity.
Studies have found that relaxing music can help alleviate agitation in horses, especially during travel or when horse numbers need to be increased. Learn how the right type of music (and volume) for horses can be a useful tool to help alleviate stressors such as vet visits, trailers, or pre-show tension.
Music is a language involving pitch, frequency, and volume. These sound elements are used by horses and other animals to communicate; they also help animals evaluate their living environment. Horses tend to respond best to music with short melody and strong rhythm.
If you are looking for a style that meets these standards, low-volume classical or country music will have a positive impact and help the horses calm down while resting, eating and preparing in the stables. The most important thing is not the style of the music, but its frequency and volume.
Research shows that horses are often sensitive to music. The most obvious sign of the influence of music on horses is the horse’s ability to synchronize its movement with the rhythm of the music (Bregman et al., 2012). According to Carter and Greening (2012), the influence of music on horse behavior depends on the type of music.
In some clinical studies over the last 10 years, experts have observed that horses prefer to stay in a stable with music rather than a stable without music. Playing music helps balance horse behavior by helping to mask external sounds and vibrations, such as tractor engines, tweeters, thunder, and other sounds. Horses, like all humans, need music to relax and escape the real world.