Ruth Hogan-Poulsen Dressage

Ruth Hogan Poulsen Dressage with training facilities in Plainfield, Vermont and Loxahatchee, Florida.


Riding With Soul™ Digital Library is Here!


Over the last 10 months I have been asked over and over if I could make my old CDs into MP3 files to automatically download onto your computer or phone.  You also asked me to make NEW MUSIC that you can add to your riding library. 

Well, here they are at long last. . .the New Digital Riding With Soul™ MP3 Albums!  

Here's why I've been working so hard on this new collection.  Over the past year, you've told me that:

♪    You can’t find up-to-date or interesting music that has APPROPRIATE RIDING TEMPOS.

♪    You  CAN'T MAINTAIN YOUR TEMPO  to the music that is on the radio.

 ♪    You and your horse are nervous and you NEED HELP TO RELAX.

♪    You’re frustrated when you start a piece of music only to have to stop your ride and shut it off or start over.  Stopping is especially irritating because it  UPSETS YOUR HORSE.

♪    You don’t know what the RIGHT TEMPO IS FOR YOUR HORSE.

♪    You don’t know  WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC  to choose.

♪    You  CAN'T HEAR THE DIFFERENCE  between walk, trot, and canter music.

♪    You can’t identify the  TEMPO (OR BPM) OF MUSIC.

♪    You are tired of downloading so many MP3 albums when they only have one good song for riding, and it's so EXPENSIVE to keep buying music you can't use!  

So here's what I did for you:

 The latest RIDING WITH SOUL™ collection includes all of the prior CDs in the new MP3 format so you'll be able to download instantly.  You'll also get six new albums and different genres, both with and without narration (some people like to use the narrated version first, and then try to ride without my voice to see how far they've progressed).

And they're even cheaper than the previous albums! You're going to love dancing with your partner and your horse is going to love you.

Here's what's completely NEW – all six of these albums are in MP3 format for instant access so you can start riding to music today!   

  • NEW - Americana with narration
  • NEW - Americana without narration
  • NEW - Upbeat Motivational with narration
  • NEW - Upbeat Motivational without narration
  • NEW - Classical with narration
  • NEW - Classical without narration

Here's what's NEW about the original RIDING WITH SOUL™ CD albums - all have been converted into MP3 albums for instant access: 

  • Jazz and Big Band 1 with narration
  • Jazz and Big Band 2 with narration
  • Classical with narration
  • Latin with narration
  • Rock and Pop with narration
  • Contemporary Orchestral with narration
  • Traditional Holiday Music with minimal narration
  • Non-Traditional Holiday Music with minimal narration

 Also at your request, I've made a few changes to the popular Holiday music albums.
 They are longer - almost an hour of great holiday music to help get you in the spirit!

 I’ll get you started with the correct gait and the tempo for each song, but rest assured I don't talk all the way through each selection. That way, you can really listen to and enjoy the music.  After having ridden to the previous Riding With Soul™ albums, you'll be ready to solo. 

If you already know that you want to purchase any of the new albums, just order now!

Here are your choices:

  • Buy any album for just $37 .
  • Buy all 14 albums for $400 (save $168 - that means you're getting 6 for FREE).
  • Choose from your selection of 8 other bundles designed with different horses and riders in mind: Narrated Bundle, Non-Narrated Bundle, Original Release Bundle, New Release Bundle, Breathe Bundle for tight/tense/nervous riders, the Soothe Bundle for the quick or nervous horse, the Energy Bundle for quiet/lazy/unmotivated horses, or the Holiday Bundle.

There is NO additional shipping or handling fee as your albums will be directly downloaded to your phone or computer for even more SAVINGS! 

Have fun dancing with your partner!  

P.S. If you want to learn more about all the benefits of riding to music. . .keep reading.


I grew up in a musical family so learning to read music and play various instruments was ingrained into me early in life. Most of all, I’ve always loved listening to music (I always had the radio on in the barn).

But riding to music became a necessity when I got a high-strung Trakehner gelding to re-train. This horse was so incredibly tense and fearful that simply trotting in one rhythm was impossible.  

One day I was trying to trot around the arena when a perfectly cadenced Scottish bagpipe march came on the radio. That horse picked up a swinging, rhythmic trot all by himself and he was breathing in time to the music - yes, I even have two witnesses to this!

 I was completely shocked. 

After that, I became fascinated with how music affects both the horse and rider, and my quest began.

As I developed my business creating musical freestyles, I was amazed time and time again at how the perfect music selection could improve and enhance the horse’s movement and the rider’s rhythm.  When the music fit the horse and rider, both the quality of the gaits and movements improved. The music enhanced both the artistic aspect and the technical side of the ride because rhythm was maintained.

I thought this was AMAZING, so I wanted to learn more. . .

I was stunned by the things I learned:

♪    Studies show that music affects our physiology. Slow music slows the heartbeat and the breathing rate as well as brings down blood pressure. Faster music speeds up these same functions. 
♪    Listening to your favorite music is good for your cardiovascular system. Researchers have shown that joyful music has a healthy effect on blood vessel function.
♪    Riding to music increases your endurance and feelings of well-being. Studies show that exercising to music improves endurance by 15 percent and improves the “feeling states” - so people derive much greater pleasure from exercise thanks to those cool endorphins!
♪    Many hospitals use music to treat patients with stress-related illnesses to stimulate the brain and relax the body. 
♪    Music affects both sides of your brain - so whether you are a left-brain logical thinker or a right-brain artistic thinker, music helps you ride better.
♪    Even animals react differently to various types of music. Given a choice, rats will choose calm classical music over hard rock every time.
♪    Music can also influence brainwaves.  Faster beats make you more alert and slower beats help you relax. 
♪    Music creates a long-lasting change in brainwave activity.  That means that music can bring lasting benefits to your state of mind, even after you’ve stopped listening.
♪    Music filters out background noises so that you and your horse can concentrate better. 
♪    Music acts as an INTERNAL metronome to help you maintain a regular rhythm.
♪    Music puts you in a more positive state of mind, helping to keep depression and anxiety at bay. 

The bottom line is. . .it’s fun to ride to music! Rhythm and relaxation are essential for EVERYONE, including dressage riders, trail riders, hunter riders, and Western pleasure riders. 

I know how much music helps my riding and my horses, and because I want to share these benefits, I created RIDING WITH SOUL™.

You can hear excerpts from each album before purchasing. . .


RIDING WITH SOUL™ MP3 albums contain multiple selections of walk, trot, and canter music for your horse. With 12 different albums and two holiday selections, you can find a style of music to fit you and your horse!  Whether you have a hot and nervous horse, or a lazy and uninterested horse, there is music for you. 

Each album is 20 -30 minutes long with a selection of walk, trot, and canter music. (Holiday Albums are much longer!)  Throughout the narrated albums, I personally guide you with instruction to help you find the DOWNBEAT and TEMPO of each song, and help MAINTAIN YOUR RHYTHM. 

At this point you might be wondering what the albums are EXACTLY.  At the moment there are 12 different albums of different genres and moods, and two Holiday albums. You can get them individually or you can add the whole batch to you library! 

You can choose from:
1.  NEW - Americana with narration
2.  NEW - Americana without narration
3.  NEW - Upbeat Motivational with narration
4.  NEW - Upbeat Motivational without narration
5.  NEW - Classical with narration
6.  NEW - Classical without narration
7. Jazz and Big Band 1 with narration
8.  Jazz and Big Band 2 with narration
9.  Classical with narration
10.  Latin with narration
11.  Rock and Pop with narration
12.  Contemporary Orchestral with narration
13.  Traditional Holiday Music with minimal narration
14.  Non-Traditional Holiday Music with minimal narration

Listen to samples and explore the bundles of albums

I’d love to answer any questions that you might have about RIDING WITH SOUL™

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