The Science, Benefits and Artistic Expression
"As prey animals, horses rely on all of their senses to alert them to danger. This is why they often react poorly to loud noises and must be de-sensitized to startling or unfamiliar sounds."
"While playing music to stabled horses, researches measured cortisol levels and heart rate, noted signs of relaxation or stress, and examined other variables found in a normal stable setting."
Do horses like music?
"Each of the studies conducted on stabled horses measured music that fell within a horse’s average hearing range: generally between 1,000 and 3,000 Hz."
"As it turns out, horses hear about as well as humans. Like other hoofed animals, they can turn their ears 180 degrees to better locate the source of a sound."
How well do horses hear?
"There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that playing the radio at racing barns can calm the horses."
Do racehorses find music relaxing?