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-a guide for Owners, their Agents and Handlers
accordance with the Rules of The Joint Measurement Board,
(Preparation and Venue for Measurement) -
“It is the responsibility of
the Owner and in his interests, to ensure that the animal is well
handled, accustomed to the measuring stick, and correctly prepared
This guide aims to assist Owners and Handlers
to achieve an accurate measurement, based on the careful education
and preparation of the Horse or Pony (hereinafter ‘the animal’).
are advised to study the current JMB Rules (located on the JMB
Website) with reference to the Measurement procedure. You must adhere to your Official Measurer’s current Covid-19 protocol.
is necessary to travel to the Approved Measuring Pad, give the
animal suitable and sufficient travelling practice beforehand, so
that it will arrive calmly at the Pad facility.
addition to travelling practice, it is wise to have accustomed the
animal to strange surroundings. (ie. – different unloading scenarios
and, crucially, indoor, enclosed premises other than its own
a matter of course, the animal should have previously been trained
to stand still and squarely, wearing a head-collar and lead-rope
only. This rule includes
Official Measurer (or Referees) may offer the animal water to drink
before the measurement takes place.
the purpose of accurate measurement, the animal should be trained to
place its front feet in line, and its hind feet no more than 15cm.
(6 inches) out of line with each other.
must learn to stand in relaxed mode. For the purpose of accurate
measurement, it must lower its head to a natural position,
approximately level with but NOT lower than its withers.
Rule 35 – 12 states that the animal must be allowed to stand on the
Measuring Pad for at least 20 minutes before a measurement is
recorded on the Application of Measurement Form.
Therefore it is in the owner’s best interests that the animal learns
to stand patiently. It must remain in this position and permit a
stranger to move quietly around it with the minimum of fidgeting.
the measuring process, the handler will be positioned in front of
the animal and will stand calmly and quietly.
handler is advised NOT to feed titbits or to fuss the animal. In our
experience this makes the animal fidgety and is counterproductive to
achieving a still, calm persona.
Documentation. Remember to bring the animal’s Passport and proof of
pre-payment to the Measuring Pad. A print-out or screenshot is
ideal. Failure to do so may necessitate a return visit to the
animal was not previously Microchipped (or a ‘chip’ cannot be
located), the Measuring Veterinary Surgeon will insert a chip
post measuring (this
payable to the Practice by separate transaction).
NB: It is vital that you understand and adhere to the current regulations employed by the Official Measurer’s Veterinary Practice regarding Covid-19 / Social Distancing. Furthermore, you are strongly advised to familiarise your animal/s with people wearing PPE and facemasks.
Due to Social Distancing, a Veterinary Practice staff member may be required to hold the animal/s for measuring. It may be possible for one handler to watch proceedings from a specified distance.
o Finally, you are advised to leave plenty of time for the journey, in order to arrive calmly!
Prohibited Substance means a substance which:
1. originates externally to the horse, whether or not it is endogenous to it, and,
2. is listed in any of the categories specified in the Rules of Racing published by the British Horseracing Authority and includes the metabolites of the substance and the isomers of the substance and the metabolites. The horse or pony must not receive any substance on the day of measurement or re-measurement (whether by injection, orally or by any other method) other than normal feed and water offered by mouth until it has been measured or re-measured.