About Vaulting

Kayden Side PressVaulting is the performance of gymnastic and dance-like movements to music on a moving horse.

The horse is controlled by a lunger who sends him in a circle around them on the end of a lunge line which is attached to the bridle the horse wears on his head. The horse also wears a special surcingle around his belly which has hand grips and stirrup-like loops for the vaulter’s feet. Vaulters begin working in walk and progress, with training from a qualified instructor, to be able to execute fantastic freestyle performances in the canter. Vaulters learn to have the agility and athleticism of gymnasts, the grace and expression of dancers and the balance and feel of equestrians.

 

 

About Vaulting Competitions

Thank you to Bretta DeLuca for putting together this excellent overview of what to expect at a vaulting competition!

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Helmets and Vaulting

It is widely known that helmets should not be used when vaulting, but less widely understood why.

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