Some Horses Prefer Metal over Classical Music, Like These Guys

Posted by Paige Cerulli

With metal music playing out over their pasture, these horses can't help but rock out to the beat, head banging and all. 

Work around horses long enough and you'll notice that some of them seem to favor particular types of music. Classical music calms my mare down while I'm grooming her, though she also seems to enjoy most of Josh Groban's songs. Many riders like to play music as they ride, or to have the radio on in the barn as they work. And it seems to relax and soothe some horses.

You've heard of rocking horses, right? Well, these horses rock out in their own way. When this driver stopped with their window down, they noticed that one of these horses seemed to have an affinity for the metal music they were playing at the time.

In fact, these horses rock out to the music enthusiastically, and they do it in time, too!

So, what do you think of this bay's head banging talent? He looks ready to head to a metal concert, yes?

Head bobbing can be a response to any number of things. Sometimes horses bob their heads when they're bored. In this case, it's likely that the horse is bobbing his head to keep flies off of his muzzle. However, he seems to time the head bobs perfectly with the beat of the music. So who knows? Maybe he's feeling inspired by the song.

It's a well-accepted fact that music can calm many horses, but the type of music that you're playing is a factor, too. Most horses respond positively to the soothing sound and consistent rhythms of classical music, though you'll also hear a lot of country music played in barns. It's less likely that the harsher sounds of rap and metal music calm horses as much, though this bay certainly seems to appreciate them.

Try playing different types of music around your horse and see what his reaction is. Maybe he has a preference? Just be sure to keep the volume down so you don't disturb your fellow boarders.

Does your horse prefer a certain type of music? Tell us in the comments below. 

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