Horses And Music
by Elaine Polny
(Palgrave, Ontario, Canada)
Tibetan Singing Bowl
Have you ever wondered how horses react to music? Do they like music? If so, is there a preference to the kind of music genre? Well, I have done some experiments regarding this and here are my findings thus far:
Horses do not play musical instruments. Well Duh! They do not create instruments of any kind for use. (i.e. Or like the monkeys who discovered that a rock can break open a food source, this falls more under the use of tools, but you know what I'm getting at.)
The most natural thing to consider then is to Horses music is just noise!
When I play music in my arena (which is totally wired with a great sound system, thanks to my son Dayne who is a musician and has his own recording studio in my barn!) here's what happens..........
The music becomes a bridge of the resonance or vibration of the energy I am omitting as a result of hearing it. In other words, if I was to play something I do not enjoy (for me that could be classical genres or a song that makes me feel sad) the result is a horse that feels what I am feeling and reacts to it. There is a common saying these days that "horses are our mirrors". It's true with many other avenues as well.
Yet, when I play something that really resonates with me and makes me feel good, the reaction from the horse is noted with the same reflection!
In general, really hard rock, punk rock etc, appears to be just noise to horses, they do prefer something more calming when forced to listen to it. :0) (I do not advocate those who leave a radio on in the barn, it's ridiculous to think that horse love any music we have produced! Peace and quiet is what they love most!) But I have notice how they can tune out, the sounds they don't resonate with. I respond positively to most classic rock, so when I put something on that makes me feel inspired, jacked up and happy, my time with horses is a blast! And they don’t seem to mind one bit about the noise!
I also enjoy some (very specific not all under this category) called new age music for me this is the music that sounds like a choir of angels singing or Tibetan bowls singing. Speaking of Tibetan singing bowls, I have one and this is what I did with it.......
Oh, but maybe I should explain what a Tibetan Singing Bowl is in case you haven't heard of them.
Singing Bowls are often used in meditation and/or ritual practice. It is said that they produce the sacred sound of "OM". They come in many different sizes causing them to give off a different musical note. To make them sing, you use a wooden hammer and place it on the rim while circling the top of the bowl with it. The sound is very hard to explain, but it really makes you feel at peace while hearing it! Always reminds me of angels singing!
Okay, back to the pasture.....
I went out amongst the herd and started making the bowl sing. At first, all the horses looked at me with wonderment and curiosity because the tone is so specific and so different than what they would normally hear in the pasture. Within seconds they came closer, then as we all took in the calming vibration, a sense of "being as one" fell over all of us and the whole area. The horses lowered their heads just for a moment as if to acknowledge and agree in the positive vibration felt. Then all went quickly and quietly back to what seemed like every day life. It was quick, but very powerful moment of just feeling life in the most peaceful state.
For me, what was noted most obvious with music and horses is the same for mankind. When I feel good and offer positive energy then those around me mirror the same positive energy back. The Law of Attraction; that which is like unto itself is drawn, becomes very evident.
Please share with us your experiences with horses and music that you have discovered too!