We are so happy you found us.
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.
how vert works
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.
mode: red alert
In the default mode, the light stays off when the head is on or ahead of the vertical. If the head goes behind the vertical, vert emits a red light. It's that simple.
mode: three zones
This mode gives you a continuous indication of the head angle. Ahead of the vertical, blue light. On the vertical, green light. Behind the vertical, red light. You adjust the zones to suit your needs.
no mirrors, no problem
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 precision
Ride with consistency and precision every day. Coming soon: features to record your rides for analysis, plus advanced display modes to give you feedback through all stages of a test.
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.
vert works indoors or outdoors in the sun. adjust the brightness to suit your needs.
at 22 grams (0.78 ounces), your horse won't even notice vert is there.
vert lasts about 12 hours on a full charge at 50% brightness. charging takes about an hour.
coming soon: choose three, four, or five zones to match your riding style and goals.
set up and save calibrations for all your horses. move vert easily from bridle to bridle.
not a fan of red, green, blue? choose your own display colors. or turn some off.
vert attaches to your bridle with a velcro strap. it's easily removed for cleaning or changing bridles.
vert's black case and black strap match most tack.
new features are being developed. your vert will be more useful in the future!
built by, and for, Dr. Hilary Clayton
USDF Gold Medalist Hilary Clayton BVMS, PhD, DACVSMR, MRCVS is the co-founder and Chief Science Officer of equla. We developed vert at her direction and for her personal use, and we're delighted to share it with the community.
what's in the box
- USB wall charger
- USB Micro charging cable
- extra strap
- 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.)