Horses: They Got The Beat

100 Sound Logo Final

Songs that lend a voice to the equestrian world in a way only music can.

105940.000 (Drum) and 105940.001 (Beater)

Photo by Ernest Amoroso, American Indian Museum.

It should come as no surprise that, when it comes to music, horses prefer a strong rhythm section.  After all, every movement they make is in time: four beats to a walk, two beats to a trot, and three beats to a canter.  And a gallop is a legitimate term for a drum beat on its own right.

So when members of Red Horse Nation, a division of Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue in Lancaster, California, sat playing a tribal drum amid the wild horses they were gentling, perhaps they should have expected it grab the animals’ attention.  But what actually occurred is nothing short of breathtaking.

Jill Starr, the president and founder of Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue, told Discovery News, “The horses followed the drums and, mesmerized, made a semi-circle around the students.  Most of the kids were so involved in the drumming that they didn’t notice, even though the horses had gathered just 12 to 20 feet away. It was so moving that many of us watching were crying.”  Read the full Discovery News article here.

Below is the only photo of the gathering, but you can click on the picture to read more testimonials about the event.  You can also enjoy other photographs of Red Horse Nation sharing drums with horses here.

Photo Red Horse Nation

Photo Red Horse Nation

As it turns out, horses and riders have also been spotted dancing around with drum circles in Griffith Park, Los Angeles.  Scroll forward on the first video to about fifty seconds, and you’ll see how a dressage horse gets it done.  And in the second video see a western horse prancing his pretty feet to the rhythm.

Dancing Dressage Horse

Rumba Horse

I for one would love to try this at my stables, and given the number of jam sessions that occur just steps from my horse’s stall, I don’t think it would be too difficult to arrange.  What about you?  Can you scare up a bongo or two?  Or maybe this is yet another great use for those empty supplement tubs.  Let’s all get drumming!

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