Edit 4/28/2016: If country music is more your style, check out my new Red Dirt Riding Playlist!
I never ride at home without my music. Ever. Music gets me pumped up, y’all! It helps me keep track of the time I’ve spent in the saddle, gives me a rhythm to trot and lope to, and keeps me motivated. I may or may not dance from the waist up when no one’s looking. I personally need an upbeat playlist for my rides. My horse is naturally slow and lazy, so it helps to have some energetic music in the background. Sometimes I take the headphones out and play it so he can hear it too. Silly, you say? Well, I don’t. Don’t knock until you try it. Here is my current riding playlist and how I use it to time my workout with my horses. It gets my blood pumpin’! You can change the exercises to fit your needs! This is meant for about a 30 minute ride.
Warm up at a walk. Include turns and circles to encourage suppleness:
Swedish House Mafia “Save the World” 3:36
Long trot while actively asking my horse to give his face to the bridle and collect:
The Weeknd “I Cant Feel My Face” 3 :38
Major Lazer & DJ Snake “Lean On” 2:58
Lope big circles with collection:
Lilly Wood and The Prick ” Prayer in C” 3:09
Swedish House Mafia “Don’t You Worry Child” 5:34
Calvin Harris “Blame” 4:15
Work on new maneuvers or patterns:
One republic “Counting Stars” 4:43
Katy Perry Ft. Juicy J “Dark Horse” 3:45
Cool down at the walk
So, how about you? Do you like to listen to music when you ride? Or maybe you prefer to keep quiet and concentrate? I’d love to hear how you get motivated to ride!