• Some unusual measurements can be used to find how a horse balances in movement
    • The length from the poll to the muzzle should be equal to the length from the withers to the elbow for good balance
    • If the line from the withers to the elbow is shorter than the line from the elbow to the ground, then the horse has an uphill balance
  • Some of the important aspects to look for:
    • The “Harmony Line” – all of these areas should have the same length:
      • Poll to end of muzzle
      • Fetlock to elbow
      • Chestnut to ground
      • Point of withers to loin
      • Withers to belly
      • Stifle to hock
      • Hock to Ground
    • “Pillar of Support” – a vertical line drawn upwards from where the front leg is placed should be in front of the withers for a dressage horse. Drawn downwards, it should just touch the back of the hoof.
    • “Pivot point”- the intersection of two different lines: a horizontal line across the body and a vertical line drawn from the withers to the ground. It should be high up and far back.
    • “Uphill balance” – different parts, not just the topline, should be observed to make sure that the horse really is lighter on the forehand.

Schofler, Patti. “You Can Use Sticks and String to Choose a Better Dressage Horse.” The Chronicle of the Horse, 27 Jan 2016, http://www.chronofhorse.com. Accessed 13 Sept 2016.