Using Rhythm Beads to Improve Cadence

KBR Horse Training Information

Exercising Body AND Mind

Rhythm Beads

Using Sounds to Improve Cadence
and Calmness

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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