Music to canter to.

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  • Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    I have a lot of great stuff for working at the trot (boy gets bored without music, and likes Queen), but am wondering if anyone can recommend something smooth for a collected canter.

    Any suggestions welcome with much gratitude.

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    Mapale Mapale
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    Funny – but when I clicked on this one I was going to recommend YOU to answer it – then I saw who started the topic!

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    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
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    Thank you – I do have a lot of music I think would be suitable for the gait, but I suspect it is rather too sophisticated for the horse. He is better with “Another One Bites the Dust” (he even knows when it ends, and he stops – I sometimes forget) than “Fat Bottomed Girls”, because he ignores the silences. Not sure I could expect him to just listen to the strings over the rest of an orchestra, or the brass, winds, etc. He enjoys listening to it, but doesn’t seem to relate it to what he is doing.

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    NinaJD NinaJD
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    I find my boy moves well with celtic music. we don’t canter since he can’t. But even at a walk most of David Davidson’s music works for him. And i think he just enjoys it.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
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    Thank you Nina, I will look for that! I was thinking of something a little more common (Mozart, etc.) and never even thought outside my little box.

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    Mapale Mapale
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    J-J
    I’ve been testing it out for a few days with Mischief – before I recommend – since I don’t do much arena work mounted – I didn’t have any prepared tunes other than the trail music which is mellower. But here is what I’ve found riding the rascal. He has three disparate canters. A rocking horse, a moderate canter, and a ground covering canter when he is fully extended. Not sure which you need in a ring and not even sure ‘little foot’ can compare to your Dodger’s gait. But for what it’s worth, there might be one or two you could use?

    His favorite is Pink’s “Just Give Me a Reason” – it starts out slowly and then picks up beautifully for his rocking horse canter. His name means ‘dancer’ and he puts the spin on this one. I like this one because you did give The Artful Dodger a reason. “You’re still written in the stars on my heart, we’re not broken we’re just better, we can learn to love again.”

    For a good even, moderate canter, Emmylou Harris’ “Lodi” is great. If you like her, she has several good riding tunes, lots of great ballads. “If I Could Only Win Your Love” is great cantering music.

    “Long May You Run” (also by E.H) will make Mischief extend and reach. This isn’t his smoothest canter, so I collect, drop my shoulders back, and he’ll go into a largo to this one, and it’s to die for. Best for a fast canter.

    Adele’s “Set Fire To the Rain” has a nice tempo. He can corto or canter to it. Her “One and Only” is great cool down music, and it’s hard to get him to walk. He’ll walk to this one, but can rocking horse to it too. I’ve added these to my trail tunes.

    Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day”. Nice tempo, moderate canter.

    I like Kristian Leontiou’s “Shining”: “I have not been beaten, you have yet to see me shining, I won’t take this lying down”. Triumphant music – M likes it just okay.

    For oldies, “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles is good for a fast canter. Also Bruce Hornsby’s “The Valley Road”.

    “Count on Me” by Bruno Mars. Great tempo. Fast.

    His least favorites:
    Classical: “The Moldau” (Dvorak) when it gets going is loping music.
    Brandenberg Concerto No. 3, faster rhythym.

    Jazz: “La Vie En Rose” Edith Piaf. Slow tempo. “Ridin High” or “What Is This Thing Called Love” by Ella Fitzgerald. faster.

    This was a fun experiment. Most anything works, but I’ve noticed he picks up on my preferences – maybe I change perceptibly? I’d recommend you program some of your favorites and try them. I was very surprised at some of the bombs – The Fray – Willie Nelson – and Copland’s Rodeo.

    Today Mischief hid behind the barn when I came down with the music on. LOL. He really hates arena work. I thought it was fun, so we might do more this winter.

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
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    Mapale – Mischief was playing his own song, wasn’t he? Most of what you offered is rather new for me – I have become a dinosaur and only want to listen to music I already know, read books I have already read, etc. But I will check them out. He has a fairly too fast canter, and I would like him to slow down a LOT, relax and collect himself (not as contradictory as it may sound). He can do a lovely collected canter, when he feels like it, not when I feel like it. “My Way” (from Greaspaint, not Frank Sinatra) is our theme. You can find it on Youtube, but finish your coffee first.

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    Mapale Mapale
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    Cute – yes – that’s a funny lyric! Reminded me of when my girls were younger. I can see how you would pick that to describe walking to the barn. I didn’t list any show tunes, figured you’d have that covered, and I’m not as familiar with that genre as some others.

    I tried to include a few genres, not sure what would work best, but I noticed that if I liked the song, he seemed more relaxed and happy and he would roll with it better. Do I stiffen up if the song bores/annoys me? Interesting project all the way around, not sure Mischief shares my enthusiasm as I could swear he did the horse version of rolling his eyes the last time I said “Now let’s see what you do with this…” Still he nickered at me tonight and got a nice warm carrot for his trouble. He is the best research assistant a gal could hope for. Carmagirl is very jealous these days. She has one canter – moderately fast – gorgeously smooth, and not overly affected by externals. Everything is the same on her. But Mischief will set to bucking if you try to slow him down before the song does… funny funny guy. Are they like people – some are music lovers and others are music critics? I wonder. My first horse was a rodeo horse, and she only liked gospel and country. Had to give her credit, she knew who she was.

    Even if there is only one song that you/JoeJoe like from my list – I count it success. Hope it helps.

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Mapale – I know he listens, because with one song, we stop at the end. He always stops, but sometimes my mind is elsewhere, and I do not. And he does move differently to different songs, and without music he just moseys around singing his “I am SO bored now” song all by himself. It does seem to me that some horses prefer one type of music over others, just as people do. Or, they can tell what the rider enjoys more, and that affects their response.

    If you go to my facebook page (Elizabeth Smith – I do have a real name of my own), Painted Acres shared a really great video of someone showing her horse how to walk through the water (another one to be done without coffee). If I knew how, I would post it here. Or, just go to Painted Acres. It might be easier to find them than the right one of me.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Mapale Mapale
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    Sorry J-J, I don’t have a Facebook account. Everyone I know nags me to get one, but it just doesn’t appeal to me. Next time the daughter visits, I’ll ask her to log into her account and we’ll try to find it.

    Have you ever tried Pandora? That might give you some music ideas. It’s free as long as you don’t mind the ads, and if you are diligent about assessing each suggestion, it hones down pretty well to what you prefer. I’ve learned about some great music via Pandora.

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
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    Will try it. I don’t think you need an account to look at business pages, so try to look at Painted Acres.

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    Liz Liz
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    Some songs I’ve played off of my iPod while driving (cantering included) are:

    Short-Change Hero -by “The Heavy” (walk to trot warm up)

    How You Like Me Now? – by “The Heavy” (I’ve used this one for both the working trot and the canter)

    Sandstorm – by DaRude (fast)

    Plugged In – by BassNectar (canter)

    Shadows – by Lindsey Stirling (canter)

    A Dream Within A Dream – The Glitch Mob (working trot)

    Invincible – by Two Steps from Hell (working trot)

    Elements- Lindsey Stirling (slower trot, usually with circles, serpentines, and changest of direction)

    After the Fall – by Two Steps from Hell (slow trot and/or cool down)

    This is just what I’ve used them for. I’m sure someone who does a lot of arena work or dressage or something may re-purpose the tracks 🙂

    I’ve noticed that Mirage does not seem to appreciate certain types of music. He is not a huge fan of rock, I assume because he and drums do not mix.

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
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    The drums and bass are about the only parts Joe Joe listens to (I tend to get lost in the lyrics). Aren’t they funny? Will check out these songs, although I was thinking of something more adagio and classic, because he prefers a hand gallop to a nice collected canter.

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    Liz Liz
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    Most of the tracks I’ve listed have no lyrics and most have some bass involved. By classic do you mean “classical” or like older awesome music? Because Two Steps From Hell’s genre is listed as classical 🙂

    I don’t like lyrics very much either.

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
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    I meant to say classical, as in music to be calm with, rather than Sousa or some such thing. Joe Joe’s favorite group is Queen, which just shows that he is a lot more lively than I.

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