What is Vaulting?
Vaulting is gymnastics and dance exercises that are performed on a moving horse that is being lunged. The horse is controlled by the lunger at all times which allows the vaulter freedom to express creativity and perform without worrying about the horse. Vaulters are taught how to perform moves safely and gently. Vaulting is an excellent way to learn body awareness, balance, harmony with the horse, and team work. Vaulting is also a great opportunity to learn about horses and many of the skills taught are applicable to riding.
Is Vaulting Safe?
Vaulting boasts one of the highest safety ratings in all the equestrian sports. The horse is controlled by the lunger at all times which allows the vaulter to focus solely on themselves and being harmonious with the horse. In addition, vaulters are taught how to dismount when the horse is moving as well as how to roll and adapt to unexpected or unbalanced dismounts. Vaulters practice exercises on a barrel, a stationary apparatus, prior to perfoming them on the horse. For more information on vaulting safety please see the American Vaulting Association Website.