How to Measure for a Set of Rhythm Beads

Where to measure on your horse.

I suggest you take the measurement at or near the base of the neck before it meets the shoulders.

The orange line in the photo shows where to measure. 

All the rhythm beads I make are adjustable. So it gives you otions for how high or low you want the rhythm beads to sit.   

What you need – string (bale twine will do) and a tape measure.

  • Take the string and place it around the neck on the horse ideally as in the photo.
  • And make a knot in the string to make a loop round the horse’s neck.
  • Step back and assess. Is it too high? If so loosen the string out. Is it too low? If so shorten the string.
  • Keep stepping back to assess, making adjustments until you are happy.
  • Once happy with the length tie a secure knot in the string before removing the loop of string by passing over your horses head. 

Once you have removed the sting loop take your tape measure and carefully measure the string. There are 2 ways to measure the string. 

  • If you measure the loop without cutting it open pull the string loop tight and measure, then multiply by 2 to get the length.
  • Or cut the loop open and measure the total length of the string. 

The complete length of the string is required for the measurement.

Here is an Approximate Rough Guide.

  • Mini Pony could measure 80cm up to 100cm
  • Shetland Pony could measure 100cm up to 120cm
  • Small Pony could measure 120 cm up to 135cm
  • Larger Pony / Small Cob could measure 130cm up to 145cm
  • Cob to Full Size Horse could measure 145cm up to 155cm     
  • Full Size Horse to Extra Full could measure 155cm up to 165cm
  • Smaller and larger sizes can be made to request. 

Here is a photo of our horse Kez wearing his rhythm beads.