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Height Measurement


The Joint Measurement Board (JMB) was established in1934 to run a national scheme for the measurement of the height of horses and ponies for the purpose of description and classification of horses and ponies for competition.

Bell Equine has the facilities (including an official measuring pad) and certified Official Measurer, enabling us to offer a height measurement service on site at the hospital.

Key features of the scheme

  • All horses and ponies must have at least one Annual Certificate before they can have a Full Certificate
  • Annual certificates are issued to animals aged 4, 5 and 6 years old, or to any animal over 7 which is being measured for the first time.
  • Measurements can be done at any time of the year but Annual Certificates will expire on the 31st December following the last measurement.
  • Measurements are carried out by Official Measurers only.
  • Measurements are carried out on registered measuring pads with shoes removed.
  • Consecutive measurements must be carried out by different Official Measurers.
  • The Measurer for a Full Certificate must be from a different veterinary practice from the Measurer of the last Annual Certificate.
  • The JMB is going paperless for 2017. This means that no JMB certificates will be issued or updated and all measurements will be available for inspection on our on-line searchable database.
  • Owners will be required to apply and pay for measurements in advance using an on-line form. The fee if paying by credit and debit card will be £87.00; payment by cheque will be £90.00. Further information on application and payment is available on the JMB WEBSITE. Please note that as well as being more expensive, payment by cheque will delay the measurement appearing on the database as owners will have to post cheques and allow 10-14 days for processing and clearing. Payment by credit or debit card will mean that once the animal is measured and the Official Measurer has uploaded the details, the measurement will be added to the database within a day or two.
  • Once owners have applied and paid for a measurement they can book an appointment with an Official Measurer in the normal way, taking a hard or digital copy of the payment receipt, that will be emailed to them, to the measurement.
  • The animal’s passport must be available at the time of measurement, so please ensure it accompanies the animal on the day. Also all animals being measured must have a microchip inserted. This can be done at the time of measuring if required.
  • A re-measurement procedure can be used to settle doubts about accuracy.
  • For full information about the Joint Measurement Board and its panel of Official Measurers, please visit the JMB WEBSITE.