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Rhythm beads

Discussion in 'Training of the Horse and Rider' started by Jessey, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Jessey

    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    Anyone use them? Do they have any effect on the horse or is it indirect via the rider?
     
  2. Pete's Mum

    Pete's Mum Well-Known Member

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    I've used them & I'm sure they've helped Pete :)
     
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  3. Bodshi

    Bodshi Well-Known Member

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    Someone bought me some for Raf a couple of years ago and I'm ashamed to say I've rarely used them. They are beautiful, but Raf is a fantastic happy hacker anyway, so I don't need any aids to help him settle. In fact they unnerved him a bit the first time I tried them, probably wondered why the funny noise was following him ...

    For me, their only use would be to decorate my horse. I meant to use them for the endurance pleasure rides as that's the sort of occasion where I'd 'dress up' like that, but I don't think I went on any last year.
     
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  5. Jane&Ziggy

    Jane&Ziggy Learning together!

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    I got a beautiful set from Secret Santa a few years ago, but like Bodshi Ziggy doesn't need them to help him settle. But he wears them when I want him to look pretty! They really adorn him charmingly.
     
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    orbvalley Well-Known Member

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    I've never heard of thiso_O What are they supposed to do? Asking as I need all the hacking help I can get
     
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  7. Jessey

    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    They're not specifically for hacking, but it's basically a necklace or mane clip of beads that clink together as the horse moves and the noise is meant to help horse and rider get a better rhythm.

    I was thinking of trying some as jess is full of piss and wind at the moment and is tending to rush, I can check her but I don't like to be a nag and have to keep doing it :) I also want to start low intensity lunging but right now I know she would do a mad galloping motor bike going round corners impression if I tried :rolleyes: so wondered if these might engage her brain a little :p
     
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    Prjsmk Well-Known Member

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    I use them on my cob, he used to be so off balance in trot and canter and he gets so distracted he forgets what his legs are doing! If theres a tractor 6 fields away hes too busy watching it and ends uo tripping! Trios over fresh air! Trios over his own shadow! Lol. Someone suggested rhythm beads and they work great for him, also stooped him trotting with one end and cantering with the other
     
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  9. newforest

    newforest Why have grain, when you can have yummy grain

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    Heard of them and I did think initially mine would be annoyed by this.
    She does wear and ignore a reflective martingale. So my thinking is this would be be soon ignored. I actually think I would break them by getting mixed up what's she's wearing.
    If it's windy you won't hear them, but the horse still might? If it's really windy it's hard enough for me to hear my own voice aids. She does have a 'deaf card' that she uses too. :D
     
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    horseandgoatmom Well-Known Member

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    I have some I bought some I made.
    I also have 4 for the feet.

    For me it was more of a fun thing.

    I should play with them.
     
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  11. Jessey

    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    Do some testing for me and report back :D
     
  12. horseandgoatmom

    horseandgoatmom Well-Known Member

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    I will pull some out and play in the
    Cavaletti pen with and without them
    And see if there is any difference.

    Just thought of this though.

    I work him on voice commands and if on line in Outside areas or in of the rd pen
    Freelonging I stay facing one direction.
    I do NOT turn around with him.

    My expectation is for him to continue the same gait even passing behind me continuously til I change it.

    This would be something good for someone just lesrning/TEACHING this.


    Having beads on you can HEAR if he is maintaining gait behind YOU.

    It won't be today though yesterday and today are rainy and omg pea soup fog.
    Later today will turn to really heavy rain with really bad winds.

    Years ago at a place I had Andi for training.
    We had rhythm beads on.
    I was told to take them off and not use them unless I was alone.

    So a good training thing with friends could
    Be to play with some to be sure your HORSE is fine with someone else's horse
    Having them on.
     
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    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    When ever you get a chance :D

    Jess won't be worried by them, she doesn't fuss about much, the first time I wore a plastic poncho while on her we were hours from home and it started tipping down, I pulled it out of my saddle bags and put it on, then cantered all the way to our camp site for the night with it flying out behind like some kind of super hero cape :D she's pretty good about things generally :p
     
  14. newforest

    newforest Why have grain, when you can have yummy grain

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    I think with our wind I would need a cattle bell. :D
    But I like your idea.
     
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  15. Kite_Rider

    Kite_Rider Cantering cabbage!

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    I just love that image Jessey :D
     
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    Jessey Well-Known Member

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    I wish I had pictures, I am sure it was comical :p
     
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    Did you have your Wonder Woman outfit on too @Jessey? I think it would look good on a galloping chestnut steed ...
     
  18. horseandgoatmom

    horseandgoatmom Well-Known Member

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    Attempeted the rhythm beads today
    Its really too windy the gusts are horrible and he got silly.

    Mr mudball
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    When he was being good
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    It is definitely a positive to hear the sound and that it was nice and even.

    I had him in the big rd pen after but omg he got sooooooooo
    silly in there and the footing was not great.

    I'm going to play some more in the cav rd pen later but
    I'm not going to try to use the beads again today
    its just too windy and he is getting too silly.
    If he gets too silly in the cav pen ill cut it short i don't want the
    footing in there messed up too.

    The footing in my little ring was actually pretty good though.
    This was a BIG MISTAKE!!!
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