Man Starts Playing Bagpipe in Field. Moments Later, Has Horses Surrounding Him


Music is one of the few things that are generally universally enjoyed. From classical music to rock, and from country to pop, there are so many different genres to choose from.

Animals, however, don’t always react to human music like we do, but there are a few scientific studies that show the effects of melodies on the animal brain.

For example, a 2012 study on 117 kenneled dogs found that the dogs were less stressed when they listened to classical music.

Cows were found to produce more milk when they listened to relaxing music, according to a 2001 study by researchers at the University of Leicester on 100 Friesian dairy cows.

But one man found that music was the perfect way to gather his horses as they were out grazing in the field.

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When horses are spread out across a field, yelling at them to gather up probably will not work very well (though I’m not sure many people have tried).

Instead, one U.K. man decided to see how his horses would respond to bagpipes. He stood in the middle of the field and began to play.

All of a sudden, the horses in the background could be seen moving closer and closer to the music as if they were under a spell and slowly being lured to it.


One horse, in particular, seemed incredibly impressed and stood right in front of the man playing the bagpipes, watching him intently.

The other horses began to get curious as well and before too long, the entire group stood gathered around the man.

It’s amazing how quickly these animals responded to the music! This video reminds me of a different viral video of a sweet little girl playing a simple folk tune on a small instrument called a concertina.

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As she plays, a herd of cows comes rushing to hear the serenade, much to the merriment of the little girl.

Both these instances show just how powerful music is to people and animals alike.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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