Rhythm Beads are more than just a colorful, fun necklace for your
horse, they will develop confidence and rhythm in both horse and
rider. The necklace hangs around your horse's neck to just above
where a breast collar goes and has bells whose slight jingle calms and
relaxes both the horse and rider. The necklaces help eliminate arena
distractions. We have had people tell us that their horse was "too
nervous or spooky" to wear bells. Not so, much to their surprise, their
horses accepted and enjoyed the necklaces after a sensible introduction
to wearing them. A formerly spooky horse on trail rides became a pleasure
to ride. It is also a comfort when riding with your children
(or any other rider), you can hear the calm ringing of the bells and
know that everything is ok. You don't have to look
around to know that they are doing just fine.
We have used the beads with the music lessons to enhance a true rhythm.
The horse can hear the bell and the beads as he is moving and learns to
keep that beat. The rider also can use the sounds to ride with the
horse's rhythm verses against it. This works really well with green
riders and helps them get with the horse's rhythm. We have found that
a doggy horse traveling heavy on the forehand will move out with the aid
of the bells.
They are great to use while starting youngsters. They listen more to
the bells than to other things that might otherwise cause them
concern. This is a great help where there are many distractions to
bother a young or newly tamed horse. They are also a big favorite with
riders of all disciplines. Some NBHA, Rodeo and 4H competitors say that
their horses run harder and faster when wearing rhythm beads.
Native Americans used the beads and shells on their horses. They also
helped horse and rider work as one, which was a must. They believed
that beads provided good medicine, thus protecting the team in time of danger.
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