What is Equestrian Vaulting?
Gymnastics and dance on the back of a moving horse, vaulting is the oldest equestrian sport in history. Dating back to the Greek and Roman times, vaulting was used for entertainment, and to train the soldiers and warriors how to balance while riding and fighting during battle. The Cavalry later added drums so the horses would keep the same pace, and developed gymnastic apparatuses like the pummel horse, balance beams, and parallel bars (what we know as gymnastic today) so the men could ride with more balance and in harmony with the horses. They found it advantageous to "vault" on to the horse without the use of stirrups, and often used a pole to vault on (today's sport of Pole Vaulting). When fortresses were invaded, they found that being able to stack men three high on a horse was a great advantage.
Today equestrian vaulting is a competitive sport, for both teams and individuals, and it's performed on either a horse or a vaulting barrel.
Is it Safe?
Yes! It's one of the only equestrian sports where a helmet is not allowed. The rider is taught balance and body control without having the responsibility of controlling the speed and direction of the horse.
Everything is learned on a vaulting barrel before attempted on the horse.
Our commitment to safety is year-round. No matter the season, we're here to help both adults and children learn to vault or ride in harmony with the horse. Call us to schedule a private lesson, or make plans to come visit one of our classes to learn more about this unique sport.
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