|Ever wonder how your Ram would rate in the Horn Classifications? Here is
how you can find out what class he would be in.
|BRONZE CLASS Painted Desert Rams
Total Measurement from 80" to 85 7/8"
|SILVER CLASS Painted Desert Rams
Total Measurement from 86" to 93 7/8"
|GOLD CLASS Painted Desert Rams
Total Measurement from 94" and over
|Cheyenne Payday - Gold Class Ram -
Measuring: 100 1/8
|JJ's Desert Dakota - Gold Class Ram
Measuring: 105 1/4
|JJ's Desert Aces Wild
Silver Class Ram
Measuring 88 1/4"
|HOW TO MEASURE YOUR RAM'S HORNS
|Painted Desert Sheep
Horn Classification and Measuring
|Bentley's Ecliptic Granite
Bronze Class measuring 85
1/4 (just shy of Silver Class)
|Blackwood's Tuff Champagne
|Cheyenne Tybalt Warrior
Measuring: 101 1/8
|Rafter SB Draco
|Alvizo Ranch Lucky Charm
Bronze Class 82 1/3
|Rafter SB Sequel
Silver Class 89 1/4
|Rafter SB White Lightning
Bronze Class 82
|Cheyenne Star Catcher
Measuring: 97 3/4"
|Moondust Second Chance
Measuring: 80 1/2"
Step two - Measuring length: You will need to measure
the length of a horn from the horn base at the skull to the end tip
of the horn. Be sure the measuring tape is held on the center
(ridge) of the horn during the measurement. Make sure you have
no slack at all in your measuring tape at any time. In rams with
large curled horns it may be easier to take some type of cable
Step one - Secure your ram: When measuring a live ram
the first thing you need to do is find a way to secure your ram so
you can get an accurate measurement. Either place him in some
type of head gate or have some handlers to help you hold him
still. If a ram moves around a lot it is hard to get an accurate and
|Scoring and Measuring Two Horned Sheep
Step Three - Measuring Horn Base
Circumference: This Circumference
measurement is taken on the horn at the horn
base at the hairline and is the measurement of the
base of the horn. Be sure to push hair back and
don't include this when taking this measurement.
Step Four - Measuring Middle Circumference: Now you need to refer back
to your notes. To get this measurement you need to work on the horn that is the longest if
they did not measure in length to be exactly the same length. Very few rams will have
exact length measurements of each horn. Take the length measurement of the longest horn
and divide that number in half. Example if your ram had a measurement of 28 2/8 inches
in length of the longest horn 1/2 of that measurement will be 14 1/4 inches. You will use
this 1/2 way measurement to get the Midway Circumference. Measure from the base of
the horn to your midway circumference figure and mark area on each horn. Then take
your measuring tape and measure the circumference around each horn at this point. Again
take care that no slack is in tape. Tape can not be moved one way or another and must
be measured exactly at this point. Make notes of measurements of each horn's mid way
Step Five - Tally your totals: Take your 2 totals of horn length, your two totals of
Base Circumference and two totals of Midway Circumference and add them all together
and you have your rams Score. Class Scoring and Names of each Class are listed below
with pictures of Painted Desert Rams that have scored these totals to meet these classes.
Accurate measurements are essential, take your time when measuring to get correct
|Four horn Scoring and Measurements
that will not stretch at all to get the measurement, mark the end points then measure the
item you used to get that measurement. Or a sticky tape also can provide an accurate
measurement and you can stick it on the horn exactly were it needs to be all the way
down, then mark each end of the tape, remove it, and get measurements that way. Do
not use any type of tape that will stretch such as electrical tape, use a ridge type of tape
with no give to it so you can have accurate measurements. Once you have a
measurement of the horn length make a note of this and then measure the other horn
length and note that. Record measurements in 1/8 inch increments.
Place measuring tape at the hairline at the base of the horn and measure all away around
the base at the hairline. Make notes of measurements of each Horn Base Circumference
taken in 1/8 inch increments.
*Information from the Records of Exotics Scoring Manual.
*Information from the Records of Exotics Scoring Manual.
The length of each horn is
measured by placing the
end of the tape were the
horn meets the skull on the
Step one - Secure your ram: When measuring a live ram the first thing you need to
do is find a way to secure your ram so you can get an accurate measurement. Either place
him in some type of head gate or have some handlers to help you hold him still. If a ram
moves around a lot it is hard to get an accurate and true measurement.
|Three measurements are taken on each of the four horns of the Four Horn Sheep.
If one or more horns are missing, measure only the remaining horns.
top side of the horn. The tape should be wrapped snug on the horn from the base to the
tip with no slack. Record the lengths of each horn for both right and left horns, top and
|Step Three: Measuring
The circumference at base
measurement is taken around
the horn on the hairline with
the tape pulled snugly against
the horn. If two horns are grown together at the base, care should be taken to get as
accurate a measurement as possible as if each horn were separate. Each measurement is
recorded for both right and left, and top and bottom horns.
|Step Four: Measuring
circumference at 1/2 length
measurements are taken at
1/2 of the length
of EACH horn (not the longest horn as with other sheep). For example, if the right horn is
12 2/8 inches long and the left is 14 0/8 inches long, then the right mid-horn circumference
measurement is taken at 6 1/8 inches from the base and the left mid-horn circumference
measurements taken at 7 0/8 inches from the base. Care should be exercised to insure
that the tape forms a perfect circle around the horn and is snugly against it with no slack. It
is not permissible to move the tape either way to take advantage of a larger measurement
resulting from a ridge of the horn. Each measurement is entered on your records for both
right and left horns on top and bottom.
Step Five - Tally your totals: Take your 4 totals of horn length, your 4 totals of
Base Circumference and 4 totals of Midway Circumference and add them all together
and you have your rams Score. Accurate measurements are essential, take your time
when measuring to get correct measurements.
Each measurement is taken to the closest 1/8 inch using a 1/4 inch tape measure. In some
cases, a small cable (such as a motorcycle clutch or brake cable) works well on curved or
twisted measurements and the tape is used to measure from the cable. All measurements should
be entered using the format of a whole number and a fraction expressed in eighths of an inch.
Fractions of an inch are NOT reduced to quarters or halves and whole number measurements
and should always be written followed with the "0/8" (for example: 16 1/8, 17 2/8, 23 0/8).