Carl Hester and his horse Nip Tuck compete in the dressage freestyle finals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Hester and Nip Tuck’s flawless synchronization with the music is what makes this freestyle so amazing. Nip Tuck seems to be rocking along with the rhythm as the music boosts the already superb performance.

Watching dressage freestyle tests is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the sport. To fit the horse’s tempo as well as the moves it is performing, the music is carefully selected. As a result, freestyles are both exciting and challenging to organize and perform. The entire show can be ruined if the wrong music is played or a transition is missed.

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Selecting music for your freestyle routine, in the opinion of Horse Collaborative, may be the most difficult element of the process. You should know the average tempo of your horse at each gait. If you know your horse’s tempo, it will help you select a song that is the right tempo for him to listen to. Since your horse’s stride changes throughout the test, you’ll have to conduct some music cutting and splicing.

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Riders must continue to teach their horses even after they have discovered music that is in harmony with their horse’s inherent rhythm. Horses do not often move at the same pace, thus being able to control and manage your horse’ tempo is vital to performing a decent freestyle.

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Many hours of planning and hard effort go into a flawless freestyle dressage test, but the results are worth it in the end.


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