So, I'm a former music major, and I'm finding the best way for me to make sure I maintain my rhythm riding to jumps is to have a song in my head, so I can make sure I'm riding the correct pace. I found a song for my trot, but really struggling to find one for the canter.
Any ideas out there? Not really sure "Row your boat" is what I'm looking for. What would be a good canter song at the right pace?
There's a very nice girl in my barn who rides this enormous WB. Just looking at him, you'd think he was a lumberjack over fences but he is actually very catty. He's got a big slow canter but can turn on a dime. If he was a human, you would think he was one of those big, buff jock guys in high school who let himself go to pot as an adult. I heard her telling someone the other day that her song is "Sexy Back" by Justin Timberlake. It made me chuckle.
I listen to the MKTO station on iheartradio app. It has some really nice upbeat riding songs.. just a warning that it's actually pretty poppy. I'm more of a county music person myself, but no one I knows likes it. I think the pop/EDM mix is a good thing for riding because it keeps a nice beat, not to mention when there's a drop it's pretty sweet to transition into. I ride by myself so I am never without my music.
I don't actually think many of them will keep you on pace if you're really looking for that kind of thing, some sort of metronome app would work best for you, but these are definitely on par to keep you in the right groove.
Favorites would probably be:
- Pop Culture by Madeon - everyone needs to listen to it because it's amazing!
- U Make me Wanna by Kimberly Cole (amazing to canter to! Seriously. I'll credit Nathan Barnatt's youtube channel for finding it)
- Memories by David Guetta ft Kid Cudi
- Cant Hold Us by Macklemore
- Same love by Macklemore
- Treasure by Bruno Mars
- Blurred Lines by Robin Thick ft Pharrell and TI
- Sweat by David Guetta ft Snoop
- Cruise by Florida Georgia line (with or without Nelly, they both are pretty good)
- Get Lucky by Daft Punk
-Anything (not a song, but just anything by GT in general) by Girl Talk
I always try to find a song that matches my horses rythm, not the other way around. Big WB horse I was riding went best to the song Apologize by Timbaland ft One Republic. To this day, when I hear that song, I can feel myself jumping a course on him.
Another trick I had a trainer show me once, but probably not the best to do jumping. Also have a trustworthy horse. Pick up the canter and take the reins into one hand and hold the free hand over your head and move it like you're swinging a lasso. You'll find that it helps you find a rhythm.
Haven't found (or needed one) for my new horse, but one I showed a few years ago jumped around great to East Bound & Down (didn't hurt that it made me think of Smokey & the Bandit). It's going to depend on the horse, but you might as well try it!
"Radar, the man's ex-cavalry: if he sees four flies having a meeting, he knows they're talking about a horse!" Cptn. BJ Hunnicutt, M*A*S*H Season 4, Episode "Dear Mildred"
Ix-nay on the 3/4 time.
A horse has three footfall-beats and a pause-of-suspension beat in a canter...which makes for FOUR beats in time (three sounded, one unsounded 'rest' beat), so you will have to have an up-tempo piece in 4/4 time, though a 6/8 can also work.
A waltz will get out of time.
Inner Ninja is my recent favorite. But I also like Mariah Carey's Beautiful if I am on one that makes me rush, it slows me down/chills me out a little. That said, I can NOT listen to music while I ride so it's just in my head