In accordance with the Rules of The Joint Measurement Board, (Preparation and Venue for Measurement) - “It is the responsibility of the Owner and in his/ her interests, to ensure that the animal is well handled, accustomed to the measuring stick, and correctly prepared for Measurement.”.
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’).
- You are advised to study the current Joint Measurement Board Rules (located on the Joint Measurement Board Website) with reference to the Measurement procedure. You must adhere to your Official Measurer’s current Covid-19 protocol. Check with them before setting out on the day for the Measurement in case the rules have had to be changed.
- As it 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.
- In addition to travelling practice, it is wise to have accustomed the animal to strange surroundings. (i.e. – different unloading scenarios and, crucially, indoor, enclosed premises other than its own familiar stable).
- As a matter of course, the animal should have previously been trained to stand still and squarely.
- The Official Measurer (or Referees) may offer the animal water to drink before the Measurement takes place.
- For 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.
- It 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.
- The animal has 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.
- During the measuring process, the handler will be positioned in front of the animal and will stand calmly and quietly.
- The 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 Official Measurer.
- If the animal was not previously micro-chipped (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.
- Finally, you are advised to leave plenty of time for the journey, in order to arrive calmly!