VERT is the world’s first horse-head angle sensor and display. It attaches to the headpiece of your bridle at the poll and measures your horse’s head angle in relation to the vertical, then displays the angle to you with a colored light. Also used to measure speed and distances useful for cross country, racing and jumping. Green light indicates to speed up, white is your doing well red is slow down. Adjust the zones to suit your horses needs.
As your horse flexes at the poll or rounds his neck, a precise digital sensor detects the angle of the head. Vert emits a light that changes color according to the head angle.
Indoors or outdoors, in the arena or on the trail, by yourself or with a trainer, vert monitors and informs you about your horse’s head position, with no mirrors required. Ride with consistency and precision every day.
Configure and customize vert to your preferences with the smartphone app (ios only, android coming soon as well as features to record your rides for analysis, plus advanced display modes to give you feedback through all stages of a test.)
- calibrate vert to your horse
- manage different horses and calibrations
- select a display mode
- choose the range of acceptable angles
- set the brightness of the display
GET THE APP: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/equla-vert/id1205159281?ls=1&mt=8 Please note not android compatible at this stage.
Frequent Comments & Questions
Are there any monthly fees?
There will never be any additional charges for the basic functions of Vert; the app is free to download and to use. In the future, we may add new features which may have associated fees.
Will the strap work on a wide crownpiece?
Yes. We include a strap that’s much longer than necessary so that you can cut it to fit your particular bridle. Vert has been tested on many bridles, including “anatomical” bridles with complex shapes.
“This does not replace proper instruction.”
Correct. Vert is a measurement and feedback tool. It can be used to enhance your existing instruction and lesson regimen, working in cooperation with your trainer.
“Head position should not be the sole focus.”
We absolutely agree. The position of the horse’s head is useful information, but must always be evaluated within the larger context of how the entire body of the horse is moving.
“Whatever happened to feel?”
Vert does not replace a rider’s feel. Some riders use Vert to help them learn feel. Others use Vert to test themselves, or to be sure of what they feel. Riders can even use Vert to help prevent bad habits from starting.
“Why use a device to see head position?”
If the horse is straight, it’s not possible to accurately determine the head angle from the saddle. Many riders do not have access to mirrors, or “eyes on the ground”. Vert provides independent, direct, continuous feedback on head position.
“Why is it important to be on the vertical?”
When the horse’s nose is behind the vertical, it is a red flag for problems in the generation and/or transmission of energy from the hindquarters. (And, of course, large angles behind the vertical are a serious horse welfare issue.) In contrast, the nose moving or staying too far ahead of the vertical can indicate evasion.
“Riders will look down all the time!”
Riders should avoid the temptation to stare at the poll, with or without Vert. The color changes are obvious in your peripheral vision, so there is no need to stare at Vert. In practice, most riders report looking down for the first few circles around the arena, but the novelty soon wears off and they return to looking ahead
USDF Gold Medalist Hilary Clayton BVMS, PhD, DACVSMR, MRCVS is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer of equla. Vert was developed at her direction and for her personal use, and now it is available to the community.
- 32-bit Cortex-M0 processor
- 3-axis accelerometer (max 8G/800Hz)
- Bluetooth LE transceiver
- RGB LED
- LiPo battery
- 50mm x 35mm x 30mm (1.9″ x 1.4″ x 1.2″)
- 22 grams (0.78 oz.)