What is vaulting?
Gymnastics on horseback.
Vaulting combines gymnastics and dance on the back of a moving horse at a walk, trot, or canter. In addition to being a fun way to work with horses, vaulting helps build confidence, balance, strength, and coordination. Vaulting may be an individual or team sport with up to three vaulters at a time on the horse.
Is vaulting safe?
Vaulting is one of the safest equestrian sports. During the lesson, the horse is controlled by an instructor and the vaulter is assisted (“spotted”) by another instructor. Vaulting is always done in a very controlled environment and careful attention is given to the safety of each vaulter.
Who can vault?
Vaulting lessons are open to all ages, 3 and up, and require no prior horsemanship experience. First-time vaulters learn basic drills on a stationary barrel before transitioning to horseback. Even the most beginning vaulter i s able to master several exercises in the first lesson, fostering feelings of accomplishment and pride.