Sometimes the music’s so good that you just can’t help dancing. That’s the case with this horse, who apparently loves “All About That Bass.” Its owner dances, and the horse wants to join in, too, bobbing its head and moving about in its stall.
This guy is a cutie and clearly wants some attention. But what’s neat here is that the horse really seems to be moving in time with the music. Horses display all sorts of behaviors, like head bobbing and weaving, but this horse seems to be responding to its owner and to the music that it’s hearing.
So, do horses like music? Racetrack grooms often whistle and sing to their horses as they work with them. These songs may help to calm the horses, since they’re part of an everyday routine that the horses come to know and expect. Additionally, the singing can distract a horse from other noises and things going on in their environment.
The Horse recently published a study that examines how horses react to different genres of music. The study, which took place in England, involved eight stabled Thoroughbred horses. Researchers observed the horses’ behavior while they were played two hours of music each day. The music rotated between 30-minute segments of classical, country, rock and jazz.
The study found that when listening to jazz and rock music, the horses presented more stressful behaviors, such as head tossing and snorting, than they did when there was no music playing at all. When horses listened to classical and country music, the horses seemed to display both restful and alert behaviors in the same way that they did when there was no music playing.
The conclusion? The type of music that you play for your horse may directly influence its stress level. Classical and country music seem to be good choices if you’re looking to help your horse relax. If you love jazz or rock, then keep the volume turned down when you’re playing music in the barn.