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Classical Music Can De-Stress Your Life (and Your Horse)
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 - 01:29 PM
If you are a horse owner, your steed could benefit from listening to classical music as much as you do. As reported by the Horse Channel, the Journal of Veterinary Behavior published a study recently by the Université de Caen-Basse Normandie in France that shows as much.
According to the report, two dozen horses were tested by French researchers during common stressful situations, including short transports in a trailer and farrier work. The test revealed that the heart rate of horses who listened to classical music during the test through in-ear devices recovered from a high heart rate faster after a trailer transport than if they wore noise-cancelling earplugs and no noise alterations.
The study is similar to others published previously in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior that showed how classical music can be used to calm dogs in kennels.
So there you have it, straight from the horses' mouth. Classical music can keep the heart rate down for you and your horse.
Just for fun, we'll add this video from our friends at WFMT classical radio in Chicago of horses dancing to classical music.