Over the years Ruth Hogan Poulsen has studied and researched the effect of music on a rider. She documented her findings and shared what she has learned:
- Studies show that music affects our physiology. Slow music slows the heartbeat and the breathing rate as well as brings down blood pressure. Fast music speeds up these same functions.
- Listening to your favorite music is good for your cardiovascular system.
- Researchers have shown that joyful music has a healthy effect on blood vessel function.
- Riding to music increases your endurance and stamina. Studies show that exercising to music improves endurance by 15%.
- Riding to music increases our sense of well-being (those cool endorphins!).
- Many hospitals use music to treat patients with stress-related illnesses to stimulate the brain and relax the body.
- Music affects both sides of your brain. So, whether you’re a left-brain logical thinker or a right-brain artistic thinker, music helps you ride better.
- Music puts you in a more positive state of mind, and helps to keep depression and anxiety at bay.
- Even animals react differently to various types of music. Given a choice rats will choose calm classical music over hard rock every time.
- Music can also influence brainwaves. Faster beats make you more alert and slower beats help you relax.
- Music brings lasting benefits to your state of mind, even after you’ve stopped listening.
- Music filters out background noises so that you and your horse can concentrate better.
- Music acts as an internal metronome to help you maintain a regular rhythm.
“The bottom line is – it’s fun to ride to music! Rhythm and relaxation are essential for everyone, including dressage riders, trail riders, hunter riders, and western pleasure riders. I know how much music helps my riding and my horses,” notes Ruth. “And because I want to share these benefits, I created Riding With Soul™.”