Stone Hedge Farm Canada

Rhythm beads

Rhythm beads are used to enhance a natural rhythm.  Much like a metronome for timed beats, the gentle sounds of the bells accentuates the rythm of the horse’s gaits and encourages your horse to follow a tempo or cadence as well as have a very calming effect for both horse and rider. The soft rhythmic jingle of the bells helps to eliminate outside distractions that may startle the horse and you can feel and hear the gaits, the timing and counting of strides. The jingle of the bells often helps the horse move into a more even and consistent gait. It may also help the rider keep his own movement coordinated with those of their horse.

The Rhythm Beads are not new to the horse scene. The Native Americans would adorn their horses with beads, shells and feathers. They believed the adornments held great powers that would keep a horse and rider safe.

The beads were not only functional; they each served a specific purpose; the more common ones were to protect both horse and rider from danger in battle, to bring good luck, help ward off evil spirits, and show the status, and achievements, of both horse and rider.

The name rhythm beads is important because that is perhaps the single greatest attribute to use–rhythm. Being a good rider/partner involves understanding and feeling gaits, lead changes, etc. Rhythm beads help the rider (simply by hearing) determine the proper cues and responses to gait changes.

They help the horse by minimising distractions as the horse focuses on the steady sound of the necklace bells rather than the often startling sounds of the arena/trail.

in the arena

What can a string of beads and bells do to help you in the arena?? You may be surprised. The sound of the bells helps to centre your horse and divert his attention from outside distractions. These bells also allow riders to learn the natural rhythm of their horse's footfalls, so that it is apparent when the horse needs to use more of his/her body, pick up the pace a little or collect.


Depending on the colours chosen, rhythm beads have the ability to influence the horse. The bells mainly help to calm nervous or spooky horses, aid concentration and give courage to those who may need it. The sound of the bells helps the horse focus (and helps the rider to focus on the sound also).


Rhythm Beads help them to learn their timing. They are able to "count strides" better, picking up the correct diagonal and improving their confidence. They are great valuable training aid used to improve both rider and horse's performance in addition to being a wonderful " jewellery" accessory to match tack or change out for different events and holidays. They make a great gift. 


Rhythm Beads help trail/endurance horse(s) to focus on cues, rather than outside distractions. On trails they warn off nearby animals in the area of your horse's approach, so you don't have as many birds, rabbits, squirrels, etc. jumping in front of your path at the last minute. They also warn other riders, pedestrians, cyclists of your approach on the trail, especially if your horse is barefoot! The less surprises the better!

Choose the perfect set or order a custom set!

Custom orders to your specific colours!

Rich N Purple!
Naturally Browns!
Naturally White!
Fire N Ice!

Rhythm Beads are fun to listen to and make loverly jewellery for your equine friend!


Rhythm Beads are intended for decoration and used for training aids and riding.  Do not leave on a horse unattended in paddock, pasture or stall.


These are handmade and uniquely different. Polyester cordage is used for stringing the beads making it simple to clean with plain water. A mild soap can be used on more stubborn dirt. Hang to dry.

Our clients say

"Lots of fun!" I mix and match colours depending on the seasons! My horse loves them.
I use the Rhythm Beads to help calm my spooky horse. Works like a charm!
"We enjoy riding the trails and the Rhythm beads keeps us calm and lets the animal life know we are coming." Love our beads!
"I am an endurance rider and the Rythm beads are great at helping to set temp and speed in training" Love our beads!
Endurance Rider