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Unexpected Pleasure

As many of you know, I’ve been training Sweetheart with healing harp music ever since he came into my life.  Sweetheart was only three months old.

When he first heard harp music, he would come and stand very near me and nap.  As he got just a little bit older, he would come up and kiss me (and sometimes, just like the baby he was, he’d try to taste my harp).  Then he’d follow me in the ring, as if following the pied piper.

Since his move to Maryland, he now has two other horses with whom he shares a field. (More about them in future posts.) One is a brand new colt, named Radcliff, who is only 9 months old.  The other is named Little Man and is 17 years old.  Sweetheart is almost 2 years old now.  Amazingly, even though they are all three different ages, their coloring and size is so similar, it would be easy to be convinced that they are all related.

I play my harp in different places at the Equestrian Center.  When I was at the field the three horses share, with my harp, after a few minutes of playing, I heard a loud thump.  When I looked up, it was Radcliff who came close to me and had laid down on the ground to listen to the harp.  Horses generally only rest on the ground for about an hour a day, so I felt quite honored he choose to rest during the soothing harp improv performance.

Horses in nearby pens come closer, partly due to curiousity but also because they are attracted to music.  After performing harp for Sweetheart, one day I visited all the horses throughout the equestrian center.  Even the older horses, grazing in a very large field, moved great distances to come stand near me as I performed the harp.

Music soothes both people and animals.  In my professional work as a harpist, I have seen how music affects not only people, but cats, dogs, birds, and now ponies and horses.

How do you think you could use music to soothe not only your day, but your pets?





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