Make sure you measure how long a set you'll need. The bells go outside the shafts and it can be a long piece of tack.
Bells will drive you nuts after a while...the jingle is cute and novel for a while...after a bit, they're just noise.
I've only seen "real" bells in brass (best tone I imagine).
Sleigh bells should be odd in number. The largest bell in the center, with bells getting smaller as the head away from the largest bell (they should match each other on the strap too as they decrease in size).
Anchor the largest bell to your saddle so it won't wind up under the horse's belly.
I like the saddle chimes better. Very pretty and not near as annoying.....
They can drive you batty too! I bought a set from Andy Marcoux, he recommended I pull off half the clappers (the swinging parts that hit the fixed bell on the saddle chime). He was right about it, less noise, nicer sound and the twitching is reduced.
My full set has 29 bells...pairs of sizes 1-14 with a single size 15 big bell...they're heavy too!
I taught my guys to not worry about the bells the simple way....rang the bells when they were being fed treats and later just hung them around their body with a saddle on their back for comfort and then let them graze while I had them on a lead shank. Once they found out they could eat, they ignored the bell's noise.
Last edited by Trakehner; Nov. 20, 2011 at 10:35 PM.