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Is your horse tired of hearing your voice? Well now it can listen to Spotify instead…

Horse uses headphones to ‘get in the zone’ before competition

 

This video shows how show jumper Yazmin Pinchen has gone the extra step to ensuring her horse is focused on its performance, by fixing a pair of bluetooth headphones to her horse before a major event.


 

Could this be the new craze in equine sports?


It seems that now scientists have designed  a specific set of headphones that allow ponies to trot along while listening to their favourite tunes!


The idea of the technology is try try and enhance the horse’s focus and cut out any external noises that may frighten them.


It works by having a  bonnet that slips over the horse's head and hides the headphones. The device come with Bluetooth technology to pick up the songs that are being played by the riders phone. There is also a headset that secures to the helmet allowing the rider to talk to their horse through the headphones.


British showjumper Yazmin Pinchen, 23, has tested the technology with her 14-year-old horse, Vinny. She said Vinny listens to Irish rock bands ‘High Hopes’  before warming down to Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’


Speaking of her experience she said: 'When I originally put the music on, Vinny was a little bit shocked but after a few minutes he was more settled.


When you're just walking and warming up you want something that's quite relaxing and soothing.

 

You don't want to wind your horse up immediately and get him running away.'

Makers HorseCom say the technology, which costs £799, helps improve horses' performance.

Professor Mark Bowen from the British Equine Veterinary Association, said: 'Music is most likely to benefit horses with a nervous disposition since it will remove external stimulation; they may be able to focus on something familiar and be less nervous.

'Although some evidence supports the impact of music, demonstrating an actual benefit to the horse and its well-being is incredibly difficult.’


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Video sourced: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/