Official measurements and inspections

Established in 1934, the Joint Measurement Board (JMB) offers standardised height measurements for all types of competition horses and ponies. Using stringent guidelines, these measurements allow owners and competition organisers to accurately assess the height of each horse or pony, thereby ensuring the animal is entered into the correct class/classes.

Within the Stanley House Equine Department David Walmsley is a member of the JMB panel, and is one of only a small number of vets licenced to measure horses in Lancashire. Along with standardised testing and trained operatives, the JMB certificate also requires horses or ponies to be measured whilst standing on an authorised surface or ‘pad.’

Rules Of Measurement

  1. Shoes must be removed and the hooves prepared for trimming.
  2. Only head collars are allowed, no bridles or pressure halters are permitted.
  3. No sedatives or tranquilizers are to be administered before or during the measurement.
  4. Annual measurements are not to be undertaken until a horse or pony reaches 4 years old.
  5. For full certificates at least one previous annual measurement will be required, and horses or ponies must be at least 7 years old.
  6. Annual measurements can be undertaken at any time of year, but will expire on the 31st of December of that year.
  7. Consecutive measurements must not be undertaken by the same measurer.

For further information please visit the JMB website at

If you wish to book a measurement please contact the Stanley House Equine department reception on 01282 868748.

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