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  • Barn Music

    Scenario: you're relaxing at the barn, having a beverage, or grooming your happy horse, or you're with friends that you like (as opposed to friends who irritate you). What music is playing on your barn sound system?

    My choices are not too booming or fast, as refuge from my real life is what I'm after, and I don't want to scare the horses.

    In no particular order:

    "Cool Water" - Sons of the Pioneers

    "Graceland" - Paul Simon

    "What's Going On" - Marvin Gaye

    Sade anything

    "Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy" - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Soundtrack to "Oh Brother Where Art Thou"

    And in the spirit of having something from this century, "Taking the Long Way" - The Dixie Chicks.

    What would you pick? I could use some new ideas, clearly.

  • #2
    This came up the other day, some one was talking about music in the barn, personally, I never play music at the barn, my horse time is my "quiet" time.

    Although, there are PLENTY of sounds at my barn. We have a ton of birds, right now the calling of the swainson's thrush is prominent. And the neighbor... oh boy, they have cows, goats, sheep, pigs and chickens, quite a choras come feeding time!

    As for music, some nice "background" stuff I like, that might work for you:

    Adele (love the first album "19")
    Lucero (country /rock 1372 Overton)
    Lex Land
    Jessica Lee Mayfield
    Kaki King (amazing guitarist)

    All of these are not too "jarring" but amazing unique music that I enjoy
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    • Original Poster

      See, I was going to add a line about "music schmusic, who needs noise in the barn?". So you have touched on that right away.

      I've been hearing a lot about Adele but haven't actually heard either of her two? albums. The rest are all new for me, so thank you!


      • #4
        All depends on what mood I'm in, generally am not a fan of Rap, mostly we have on one of the old stations.. sometimes after a really great ride and we're chillaxin then the volume can go up, but am usually not a fan of blaring music /radio at the barn. Does that mean I'm becomming an uncool, old hag?


        • #5
          I'm an old time rock and roller. But I've been at barns with "soft rock" OK but not enough bass. And barns with country music, eeewww. And barns with conservative talk radio and religious music, not the good old rousing hymns but the modern stuff, uh well not so good.
          Cloudy has always been and Callie was rock and roll. Stones, U2, Bob Seger, Michel Franti, etc. My kind of music. They both would go over and listen to the beat.
          But we go with what the BO or her helper wants at each barn we've been at. And when BO was out of town at current barn, Cloudy had to listen to Laady GaGa. (At first barn, the kids put on rap and forgot to change the stations and the BO freaked.)

          ETA I grew up on symphonic music.


          • #6
            Old Bonnie Raitt. John Mayer. Johnnie Cash!


            • #7
              I don't listen to music at the barn.

              Thoughts on groups you might like:
              The Waifs (Aussie group with a strong American roots/blues influence)
              The Greencards (straddles the line between country, rock, folk, and bluegrass)
              Eddie from Ohio (folk rock with really good 4 part harmony singing. Bonus: one of the members of the group is big into supporting therapeutic riding, as he has a child who has benefitted.)
              Last edited by carp; Jun. 30, 2011, 04:59 PM.


              • #8
                My husband and I are both musicians; he is a jazz guitarist/composer and I have played saxophone with several jazz big bands, jazz combos and classical ensembles. Our horses are named after jazz musicians (Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, an our late mini gelding, Thelonius Monk).

                Needless to say, while we were moving out to our property and had to board briefly, it drove us nuts to have to listen to the pop country that played in the barn 24/7. I love good country, but this stuff was dreck. Mingus was cranky the whole time he was there.

                We show Mingus in Liberty class, and Keith wrote and recorded a piece for him -- talk about a goosebump moment, watching my horse show off in an arena to Keith's music!

                Keith frequently takes his guitar out to the corral and plays for the horses. They LOVE to stand around him, mesmerized by his music. So I figured I'd give it a try. I'm no slouch, but they DID NOT like saxophone (I imagine the overtones hurt their ears) and moved far away.

                There's always a critic!
                They're not miniatures, they're concentrates.

                Born tongue-in-cheek and foot-in-mouth


                • #9
                  I get really really bored when there's no music on in the barn if I'm cleaning tack, mucking stalls, etc.

                  I love having the option of a radio.

                  I worked at a barn where there was no music per trainer's preference. When she was gone, we played the radio. The boarders never failed to come up and thank me for turning on some music. Its NPR in the morning, on low, and then to the classic hit or the classic rock stations. Kept in the office area, so very easy to avoid if grooming/rinsing off after a ride.

                  When its 9am, there's not a soul around, and you're mucking stalls...bird noises are not enough.

                  If you like the Oh Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack, look into Iris Dement, Gillian Welch, Allison Moorer, etc. Another soundtrack is "Songcatcher", you'd probably like that one!

                  If you like early, more country Dixie Chicks, look into 90s country compilation cds, but if you really just liked Taking the Long Way, I'd suggest more country-pop or alt-country. Alt-country

                  If you like Paul Simon and Marvin Gaye, look at the playlist for TimeLife's "Easy 80s"-TimeLife is a really great site to check out for those greatest hits type cds.

                  If you like Sade, maybe you'd like Nina Sinnerman.

                  Just some thoughts off the top of my head!
                  "A map says to you,'Read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not...I am the earth in the palm of your hand'." -West of the Night


                  • Original Poster

                    Mr. Burton, farrier extraordinaire on this forum, told me that "horses like music" when I brought my mare home from a bad experience at the training barn, and he was suggesting it as a soothing mechanism. I have on a couple of occasions sung to my horse - the first time while walking her home through lightning and hail from the barn after the Falling Out when I thought we were going to die - she seems to love it.

                    Not surprised they don't care for sax (not an editorial comment, my son's an alto sax player so I even get the musician references!), but can see why they would like guitar or a good bass line.

                    I appreciate all the ideas for groups to check out - should have included the Bonnie Raitt on my own list. And Gottagrey, no, you are not becoming an old hag, perhaps you have just had enough noise in your daily life.

                    This is supposed to be a fantasy question for fun - set up the scenario in your mind - perhaps Brad Pitt is schooling a jumper in your line of sight as you drink your cold beverage, or Ryan Reynolds is cleaning out the stalls without his shirt, or Tom Selleck is shoeing a horse nearby. Or whatever makes you feel all misty. What music do YOU choose to hear on your perfect day at the barn?


                    • #11
                      Our barn no longer has a radio & system, but my preference is always classical.

                      (I've never played for a horse, but the house kitteh loffs violin, distrusts trumpet, and leaves the room for percussion.)
                      "And now . . .off to violin-land, where all is sweetness and delicacy and harmony and there are no red-headed clients to vex us with their conundrums."


                      • #12
                        happy memories

                        My first horse, many years ago. Of course I'm in love with him. Board him at a good place that continuously plays country music in the barn. Me, the classical violinist, yes, a little snobby, wasn't a fan (yet) of country. But hangin out in the barn, brushin the horse to death, just happy happy happy, it grew on me. So now, I'm a fan. Now I'm older, many horses later, (first one was the heart horse, colicked after 19 years with me), own my own little barn, usually no sounds but the singing birds. But country on the radio in the Jeep!!!


                        • Original Poster

                          Fluffie - well there could be a case made for Debussy, Vivaldi, some Wolfie.

                          And HP, I've been a country hater in the past too, with exceptions made for the entire "Seminole Wind" album by John Anderson and various singles here and there. And those classic songs they used to play over the western pleasure classes at the shows in Seattle in the 60's.

                          Love your description.


                          • #14
                            One more reason why I was thrilled when I bought my own place. No more country, and no more spanish music in the barn. Having said that, if I were ever lucky enough to have someone work for me I'd let them listen to whatever they wanted while in the barn.

                            I like a lot of different music, but rock and roll is my favorite (old and new). All my animals are named after songs, or bands.
                            "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


                            • #15
                              When I muck I like songs that I can sing along with. My taste is really diverse, though--my upbeat iPod mix goes from Johnny Cash to Jay-Z to The Cure to Lady Gaga. The farrier and I were jamming to 1980s era U2 today .

                              Some suggestions that no one's mentioned:
                              Mumford and Sons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KCg_QEHtkY if you like folksy stuff.
                              Blitzen Trapper http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqtlcHiSHTE is good mellow music.
                              So is Iron and Wine http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75r87...eature=related

                              ETA my music usually gets vetoed in favor of top 40 crap and bad hip-hop. I've found out I can tolerate pretty much anything as long as it's not loud. Now that I'm thinking about it, it's time to play Mozart and really drive them bonkers. Bwahahahaha!
                              I love my Econo-Nag!


                              • #16
                                Elton John's Tumbleweed Connection.

                                1."Ballad of a Well-Known Gun" – 4:59
                                2."Come Down in Time" – 3:25
                                3."Country Comfort" – 5:06
                                4."Son of Your Father" – 3:48
                                5."My Father's Gun" – 6:20
                                6."Where to Now St. Peter?" – 4:11
                                7."Love Song" – 3:41
                                8."Amoreena" – 5:00
                                9."Talking Old Soldiers" – 4:06
                                10."Burn Down the Mission" – 6:22


                                • #17
                                  Just a wee heads-up: I've read that some professional types like scientists, behaviorists or what-have-you concluded that music at the barn isn't so good for horses; better to let them hear what's going on around them than to mask it with tunes. Makes sense to me.


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Western View Post
                                    Just a wee heads-up: I've read that some professional types like scientists, behaviorists or what-have-you concluded that music at the barn isn't so good for horses; better to let them hear what's going on around them than to mask it with tunes. Makes sense to me.
                                    We got ourselves a party pooper here.......


                                    • #19
                                      Johnny Cash. Period. Absolutely.

                                      But also the "Wherefore...Brother" soundtrack that others have mentioned. And I absolutely love Alison Krauss and Union Station. This would be a perfect day in the barn!


                                      • #20
                                        Music is not harmful to horses.

                                        Last edited by 7HL; Jul. 1, 2011, 09:36 AM.
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