A video was posted on Youtube on 26 May 2013. The footage presents a brown horse named Shacker that listens so calmly and attentive to music from his owner’s phone.
This video is a rare masterpiece that deserves so much more hype than it actually has.
Studies have found that relaxing music can help ease a horse’s agitation levels, especially during travel or when their amount of stall confinement needs to be increased. Learn how the right type (and volume) of music for horses can be a useful tool in helping with stressors, like vet visits, trailering, or pre-performance jitters.
Music is a language that involves pitch, tone, frequency, and volume. These elements of sound are what horses and other animals use to communicate with; they also help animals assess their environments for survival purposes.
Horses usually respond best to music with short melodies and strong rhythmic patterns. If you’re looking for a style that fits this criteria, classical or country played at a low volume will have a positive effect and help calm horses while they’re resting, eating, and being groomed in the barn. It’s not so much the style of music, but its frequency and volume that are most important.
Researches show that horses are generally sensitive to music. The most visible sign of the influence of music on horses is the horse’s ability to synchronize their movement to musical rhythm (Bregman et al. 2012). According to Carter and Greening (2012), the effect of music on a horse’s behavior depends on the music genre.
In some clinical research over the past ten years, experts have observed that horses prefer being in a barn with music instead of one without. Playing music helps balance equine behavior because it helps mask outside sounds and vibrations, such as tractor engines, high-pitched tools, thunder, and other sounds.
Horses, just like all human beings need music to relax and escape from the real world.