Confess, you know you all do it...sing silly ditties to your horse and dance for them while on the cross ties...my most common "here comes peter cotton tail...we'll still clear the jump with out taking a rail" as bunnies dart out of the woods into the ring with an occasional "talk dirty to me" when I first see them after a roll in the mud
I have a gelding whose registered name is "Skippity Clue Da" and he has his own song to the tune of Zippity Doo Da. It goes: Skippity Clue Da, Skippity Ay, my oh my, I'm a winner today. Plenty of ribbons heading my way. Skippity Clue Da, skippity Ay!
And for my other gelding, Bosco - the Oscar Mayer weiner song: "My pony has a first name, it's B-O-S-C-O. My pony has a second name, it's B-U-T-T---T (had to make it fit....). I love to ride him every day and if you asked me why I'd say, cause Bosco Butt has a way of bringing joy into my day." Dorky, but my friend and I were a little liquored up after a horse show when we started singing it.
It's not about the color of the ribbon but the quality of the ride. Having said that, I'd like the blue one please!
Well, my 25yo guy's name is Tigger (came with the name when I got him as a 6yo), so naturally I sing the Tigger Song to him: "The wonderful thing about Tiggers, is Tiggers are wonderful things! Their tops are made out of rubber! Their bottoms are made out of springs! They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun! But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers is (he's/you're) the only one!"
And it totally fit because he has the bounciest trot, and as a younger horse he was quite silly.
My 17yo (Calvin) has had the nickname "Baby" since he was a little foal. He's a 16.3 moose (wide AQHA), but he's still Baby to me. So this winter with the record cold and snow, I often sang, "Baby, it's Cold Outside" to him when I was out taking care of them.
My 6yo appy (Milton), doesn't have a song. I'll have to work on that. He can't be left out!
I do all the time! Either I sing songs and change the words to fit the horses' names or just make them silly...or I sing Italian songs to them a la Dean Martin, LOL!
They also like Frank Zappa and Queen and most/all country music.
My cats like when I sing the songs from Mary Poppins to them, LOL!
I stereotype my pets...the ranch-bred AQHAs hear country most often and I sing a few English ditties to my British cats.
You jump in the saddle,
Hold onto the bridle!
Jump in the line!
The over exuberant 3 year old colt we just took in on training (now a gelding as of Tuesday ) was loped to the tune of "here we come to save the day!" But replaced with "here we come to breed some mares!" ??
It was a rough week. Spring in the air and five mares in foal heat right outside the arena.
When I got my first horse, I was terrified of her, (not her fault) and so as I cleaned her stall or groomed her, I sang "you are my sunshine". Sang that every day of the 26 years I owned her. Sang it to her as she was put down.... her son, now a 22 year old stallion goes to complete mush when I sing that to him...
"I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you..."
A few years ago when I still had my welsh pony, I thought I was alone in the barn, so I started singing a song I made up about her to the tune of the Perry the Platypus song from Phineas and Ferb. I was surprised, and somewhat horrified, to hear "Nice song" and some snickering from behind me. I didn't live that one down for a while!
I do sing while I am riding, too. I normally do Beatles songs, since they are my favorites. "Eight Days a Week" and "With a Little Help from My Friends" go well with my mare's canter. I also really like to sing "Sugar Magnolia" by the Grateful Dead when I ride.
I used to sing the Grateful Dead's Casey Jones to my TB at the end of a long show as I was cutting down his braids. Seemed to calm us both down. "Driving that train, high on cocaine" go figure...
When I first got my TWH he was AllAboutSpeed, so to slow him I sang as I rode: Stewball Was A Racehorse, subbing his name for Stewball.
Current WB takes up so much of my leg his song is the Too Fat polka
Pony doesn't have a theme, but Bad to the Bone is fitting at times, other times Pharrell's Happy
Mostly I sing to them both with barncat on lap after chores are done & they are munching hay. Song choices vary & are suggested by weather, etc.
Horses don't leave & cat purrs, so I must be at least partly on-key
*friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon: Steppin' Out 1988-2004 Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015
Every one of the horses I've been close to has had a song. Sometimes it's a silly one, sometimes something more meaningful. The first horse I really connected to would turn to mush if I sang My Immortal by Evanescence. Another seemed to like Disney songs, another liked Martha My Dear by The Beatles (a gelding but an old soul. It suited him. I changed it to Mark My Dear). To my horse now, I sing Once Upon A December from the movie Anastasia. I met and bought him in December so it fits.
You don't want to be judged? You won't be. You don't think you're strong enough? You are. You're afraid. Don't be. You have all the weapons you need. Now fight.
I'm actually kind of thrilled that this got bumped up. I was recently managing a friends barn for a couple weeks, and the tween girls who come to ride were "soothing" the young horses with
And they say
She's in the class A Team
Stuck in her daydream
Been this way since eighteen
her face seems
Slowly sinking, wasting
Crumbling like pastries
And they scream
The worst things in life come free to us
Cause we're just under the upper hand
And go mad for a couple grams
And she don't want to go outside tonight
And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland
And sells love to another man
It's too cold outside
For angels to fly
And I say "are you singing songs about prostitution and drug use to the horses?
Seriously, only the chorus, over and over again hahaha