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Choosing the Right Freestyle Music for Your Horse

Tips from professional dressage "choreographer" Karen Robinson to help you put together the right tempo and genre to suit your horse's gaits

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By: Alison King |

Who hasn’t been thrilled watching Olympic dressage riders perform their freestyles? Every move of the horse is echoed by the music in perfect harmony, creating an effortless-looking dance in the ring. This seamless match of movement and music is key to creating a great freestyle. Expert services such as British Columbia-based Applause Dressage work with riders from around the world to select the ideal music and choreograph a routine which shows off horse and rider to their best advantage. But freestyles aren’t just for those at the upper levels. With freestyle classes now offered at all levels from walk-trot on up, Applause Dressage founder Karen Robinson offers tips to riders looking to create their own freestyles and join in the fun. Selecting the right music is the most fun, but also potentially the most frustrating part of creating a freestyle. If you are successful, your music will have the following…

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