My friend, Ruth Hogan Poulsen, is offering her free newsletter with tips to help your dressage horse (or any horse!) enjoy the benefits of riding a musical freestyle.
So whether you want to ride competitively or just want to enjoy riding to music at home, here are some of Ruth’s free tips.
6 Tips for Picking Out Awesome Freestyle Music for Your Horse
1. Know your horse’s ideal BPM (beats per minute)
2. The average horse has the following BPM:
• Walk 90-106 BPM
• Trot 138-160 BPM
• Canter 96-108 BPM
3. Pick music that matches your horse’s BPM within 4-6 BPM range.
(For example if your dressage horse has a canter of 104 BPM, choose music that is between 100 BPM and 108 BPM)
4. Choose music that has a very clear downbeat. (You’d tap your toe to the downbeat.)
5. If you CAN’T tap your toe or clap your hands easily to the beat of the music, it’s not great freestyle music!
6. Choose freestyle music that will help you achieve your horse’s ideal tempo.
For example: If your horse is a bit on the lazy side, choose an upbeat and energetic piece of music that will help YOU ask for more energy. If your horse is hot or nervous, choose freestyle music that will help you feel calm and steady as well as help your horse with rhythm and relaxation.
Ruth Poulsen’s awesome musical freestyle tips are available in her free dressage newsletter. Go to: http://www.ruthhoganpoulsen.com to sign up for the newsletter.