Riding to music that fits your horse can be one of the most enjoyable experiences a rider can have.
It is important for all the music in a freestyle to go well together with the choreography. In a well-done freestyle, you immediately see the relationship of movement to music. This relationship can give the horse/rider partners the impression of literally dancing.
How do you achieve that for your own performance?
The first step is to put together a first draft of your choreography. This requires you to know which movements are required and allowed at your level, and how long a time you will be allowed for your ride.
The next step is to determine the tempo of your horse’s gaits, so that we can match the tempo of the music to it.
Next you have to find music you like (music you really, really, REALLY like, as you will be listening to it forever…) and that suits your horse and the level you are riding at.
Then we’ll make a video of your ride and set the music to it, fine tuning everything and getting it to flow together.
As anyone who has designed a freestyle (kür) will tell you, the fine tuning and synchronizing of the music to the choreography is the hardest and most time consuming part of the design process, so it’s best to start sooner rather than later.