Archived Tips of the week
Check here for a list of all the helpful tips LEGS Equestrian has given about musical freestyle creation over time!
- When looking at a video of your horse to begin choosing music try to use a video taken at a show. A horse's tempo varies from day to day depending on his mood. Filming him on show day means your music is more likely to match his footfalls when you perform your freestyle in a competition arena.
- Bring out one of your horse's strong points with your music selection! For instance, if you have a pony with short legs but a lot of suspension for his breed, pick bouncy music that will highlight the height in his gaits. Picking elegant music to try and make him appear as if he has a long flowing stride will only make his pony type more obvious.
- When creating your choreography look for opportunities to create symmetry through small patterns. Try to avoid stringing long sets of movements together and the repeating the same pattern on the other side as this is too predictable for the judges. Remember some predictability is great but too much can become tedious!
- When editing your music make sure to play the track for each gait for at least one minute before switching to the next (with the exception of the walk). When one track of music is played for too short a time, the overall composition will sound chopped up.
- If editing your music in a DJ Program be careful of the final format of your song file. An Mp3 file is the safest type and will play on most audio devices. Some DJ Programs create other file formats which may cause playback problems at competitions. When in doubt import your music into a program such as iTunes, which can convert it to an Mp3 format.