The key to using the database is determining the beats per minute (bpm) of your horse at the walk, trot, and canter. This is easy to do. Place a colored polo wrap around one of your horse’s front legs. Every time that front leg touches the ground at the walk or trot, you count it as one “beat”. At the canter, you count the leading foreleg as one “beat” when it strikes the ground. By having a ground person count the beats for one minute while you are riding, you will obtain your bpm for each gait. Even easier is to buy a hand-held electronic metronome or download a metronome app to a smartphone and have your ground person adjust it up or down until the “beep” sound of the metronome matches the footfall of the wrapped leg.
Now that you have the bpm at the walk, trot, and canter, you can search the database for music that matches your horse’s bpm. You enter the BPM into the SEARCH box at the top of this page. The bpm for each piece of music in the database is based on the dominant downbeat for that selection.