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Dressage Solutions: Confirm Your Horse is on the Vertical

Try this tip from Endel Ots.

To confirm that your horse is on the vertical …

Imagine he is a unicorn and has a spiral horn coming straight out of his forehead. If you can see the tip of that horn between his ears, you have perfect in-front-of-the-vertical placement. If his nose is behind the vertical, the horn will not be visible. —Endel Ots

(Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz)

Endel Ots was the alternate for the U.S. Dressage Team at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. He rode the 2008 USDF Prix St. Georges Horse of the Year, the 2009 USDF Region 2 Prix St. Georges Champion and the 2012 Developing Horse Grand Prix Reserve Champion. Ots is based in Wellington, Florida (otsdressage.com).

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