What does behind the vertical look like?

Explained briefly and clearly: A visual as to why “behind the vertical” bad and what it should look like instead. Note the rubber band action in the first image compared with the second image.

Remember, too far above the vertical isn’t optimal for your horse either!

Note the difference in the mechanics of the horse and the seat of the rider.

Optimal carriage vs. hyperflexion

Here’s a link to the pdf poster:


As you can see from my banner photo, once a horse has been “broken” in his neck, it is very, very difficult to get them working up and forwards into the contact and achieving the “rubber band” effect. The horse in the banner photo was indeed “broken in” using draw reins, side-reins and other kind of gizmo intended to get him to work in an outline.

His present owner and I have spent a LOT of time giving him the confidence to work in to the bridle.

As can be seen from the photo, it doesn’t always happen!


Would love to hear your comments.


Image courtesy of Fair zum Pferd – Fair to Horses


Always wear appropriate safety items of clothing, gloves, shoes and head protection when handling or riding your horse. There is always some risk involved in horse training for both you and the horse. Be sensible and stay within your level of training. This information illustrates the training methods and techniques I and my colleagues use. It is your responsibility to use it wisely. It is not intended to replace personal instruction from a professional instructor. Keep yourself and your horse out of trouble. If you wish to learn more about these methods contact us at: elizabeth@horsetrainingsolutions.com www.horsetrainingsolutions.com

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