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  • Music on the trail

    Ok, so I am kinda doing a spin-off of my thread in Off-Course...
    Do you listen to music when you trail ride? If so, how? I have an iPod, but I can't imagine that headphones with a helmet is comfortable.
    I do have a problem in general with headphones, I can't wear any type IN my ear - just too uncomfortable, so I'm looking for other ideas.

    RIP Traveler & Tesla <3

  • #2
    I never listen to music when I'm riding. I just don't feel safe when I can't hear what's going on around me. I rely on sound to know what's up ahead and prepare for what could be spooky to my horse or slow down and call out so we don't surprise whatever is ahead of us.

    I don't think I'd do it, but I'm sure having ONLY one headphone in + low volume would be much safer, if you must listen to music.

    As for headphone types, my brother had the same problem and got those that hang over your ear - where glasses would - with the speaker positioned over your ear. Maybe that could help?


    • #3
      I listen to music on trail with my mustang. We both like country and medium paced rock. Jimmy Buffet really drags his walk along. With Techno music, his mind is dreaming of running and spooking. We mainly like country...just enough beat but not too slow.

      We use my cell phone with the external speaker. My horse wears ear plugs because of other noises, such as dogs.

      I do not listen to music with my paso...he doesn't know what it is yet. We are working on it.

      I do not like the idea of headphones. I am not able to hear other sounds that are important, like cars, dogs, snakes, etc. The speaker on the phone isn't too loud.

      If you want to ride with an external speaker instead of earphones, walmart or the like have external, portable speaker systems in a padded case real cheap.

      Good luck. Experiment with music choice. Music can affect you as well as horse. Try mellowing music with spooky horse & vice versa.

      Good Luck.
      Life is too short to argue with a mare! Just don't engage! It is much easier that way!

      Have fun, be safe, and let the mare think it is her idea!


      • #4
        Good idea MTR!

        I love the idea of an external speaker. It certainly would sound better than MY singing. And it would announce you to others on the trail! (Except for those joggers who insist on wearing headphones)


        • #5
          I don't care for music on the trail..I'm happy with the peace and quiet and the sound of hoofbeats
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          • #6
            I don't have any problems with headphones, and grab my iPod and hit the trail all the time
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            • Original Poster

              I was really looking for an external speaker idea...I don't plan on using it drown out noise, just add noise that I like
              I do have the over-the-ear/around the back of the head type headphones, but sometimes they don't sit right and cause pain...can't win!

              I'll check around for the cheap externals! Thanks!
              RIP Traveler & Tesla <3


              • #8
                blech, hehe, I ride to get away from all that stuff--I want to hear my horses hoofbeats, the wind in the trees, the birds chirping, my horses breathing..........
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                • #9
                  the music i hear when i ride, is the silence, the sound of hoofbeats as we walk along, the birds and other nature. Music would ruin all that for me.

                  i also think safety is important and if I cannot hear a cyclist riding up behind me in the state park, my horse could spook and i could end up hurt or dead.


                  • #10
                    No music for us either. Have to be prepared for what ever could leap out to the bushes. When we were out on the trail riding in 5 ft high grass.. Yep the grass is up to my horse's withers out there. We had a bird erupt up under my horse's nose today. Would have caught me off guard with music.


                    • #11
                      The only music I listen to while trail riding is myself -- singing the stupid little songs I've made up for each of my horses, to either get them to keep a rythm or chill out if something is spooking them. But I try to keep it to a minimum, since I can't really sing.

                      I'm with Tiempo and Halcyon Days, I just like hearing the sounds of the trail and my horse. I also hate having to fidget with something while riding. Also, we're in NVA where there is a bit of traffic on the trails -- I don't think it would be wise to not be able to hear what's coming or going.
                      "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
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                      • #12
                        No music here. The trail is my solitude. I want to hear the woodpeckers drumming, the deer bounding through the woods, the water rushing in the streams and miles and miles of hootbeats. I can listen to music in my car when stuck in trafic. Don't need it while in nature.

                        If I were listening to music the other day while riding I would have been creamed by the 4-wheelers that came around the bend. I heard them so I stopped and moved over because I knew they couldn't hear me.


                        • #13
                          I dont' listen to music either. On our highstrung horses we have to concentrate too much, always have to be watching the trail, especially at an endurance ride. When things slow down in the last couple of loops, it might be nice to listen to something, but I wouldn't feel very safe, not being able to here things. And i've had my horse throw in a spook at the finish line of a 50, so I really can't ever just relax and trust her. She's a 'blower', so I get to listen to her snorting the whole ride, and there's nothing like the sound of horse hooves.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Nezzy View Post
                            the music i hear when i ride, is the silence, the sound of hoofbeats as we walk along, the birds and other nature. Music would ruin all that for me.
                            I agree. I am out there to escape and if you listen the woods are full of sounds. I feel too that it is unsafe to not hear what is around you.

                            Horse wears ear plugs???????


                            • #15
                              Yes, my horse wears them each and every ride. He doesn't like the sound of dogs barking. He really gets worked up. Ear plugs = Happy horse & rider.

                              I ride with an external speaker from my cell phone. I have phone for safety reasons, music for entertainment value. I like music, everywhere I go. I can hear everything, dogs, birds, deer, buses, cars, trucks, turkey, etc. I haven't missed any noises. The music adds to my enjoyment....and it seems to my mushtang.

                              My paso is a different story. Even music coming through my speakers today set him off a little today. He was twitchy. After a few big horse flies attacking him, we had a spill. What caused it....I don't know...my fault of course. I won't do that again.

                              I have always enjoyed riding him without music. I tried it today. He got worked up. I will not do it again.

                              Each and every person has a preference. Mine is music if it is safe to do so. I really like riding my mushtang with music...adds to the enjoyment. On my paso, I really like the solitude of it.

                              To each their own.
                              Life is too short to argue with a mare! Just don't engage! It is much easier that way!

                              Have fun, be safe, and let the mare think it is her idea!


                              • #16
                                What is a mustang??? I know a stupid question but I would like to see a picture of him/her.


                                • #17
                                  What is a mustang? or Mushtang?

                                  A mustang is a feral horse running loose on blm land in most western states.

                                  My boy was rounded up at 2. I got him almost 6 mnths later. He is 7 now. He is great. Solid trail horse, except for the dogs. LOL. Must go back to his NV days of coyotes.

                                  Does that answer your question?

                                  Oh, I don't have any pics of him on this computer...I will look for some in hidden files.
                                  Life is too short to argue with a mare! Just don't engage! It is much easier that way!

                                  Have fun, be safe, and let the mare think it is her idea!


                                  • #18
                                    Enclosed is a pic of my Mustang packing a beginner, friend of mine. He looks a little tense here. It is the first time someone else rode him.

                                    Momma's boy, Phoenix.
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                                    Life is too short to argue with a mare! Just don't engage! It is much easier that way!

                                    Have fun, be safe, and let the mare think it is her idea!


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Please don't get me wrong... I will be able to hear what is around me. I just enjoy music, and since Traveler seems to as well, someday in the future I will probably ride a trail with it. I figure other people do as well, so I was coming for suggestions. I will take all the advice to heart tho, and make sure we are very aware and solid before adding music to the trails.

                                      Phoenix is very handsome!
                                      RIP Traveler & Tesla <3


                                      • #20
                                        PT, thank you very much. He is very much a momma's boy. He likes me and pretty much only me. He really bebops to the music when he hears it. Most of it is drowned out from his ear plugs. But when the tempo changes, his gait reflects it. I really like riding him with music. It enhances our experience...

                                        I can understand not all horses or people should do this...Personal preference.
                                        Life is too short to argue with a mare! Just don't engage! It is much easier that way!

                                        Have fun, be safe, and let the mare think it is her idea!