Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is vaulting?
A: Vaulting is gymnastics on horseback, performed on a 20m diameter circle on a longe line. There are two element in vaulting: the Compulsories and the Freestyle, which can be done in three different forms/divisions (team, individual, and pas-de-deux).
Q: Who can do vaulting?
A: Anyone! Vaulting is great for anyone who is looking for an athletic activity and loves horses. No gymnastics or horse-related experience is necessary. In some areas of the US, even therapeutic vaulting for the disabled is available. Vaulting teaches teamwork, confidence, and trust, along with athletic qualities such as balance, coordination, and strength.
Q: Is vaulting safe?
A: Just like any other sport, vaulting has it's risks. However, it is taught with large emphasis on safety and we take all precautions to ensure it! Vaulting has an excellent safety record, and all activities are watched closely to make sure that vaulters have a safe experience. We vault on soft footing, on well-trained horses, in a controlled environment. Accidents do happen, but it's not very common in everyday vaulting. Vaulting is considered to be the safest of all the equine sports and is statistically safer than tennis!
Q: Can vaulting benefit my riding?
A: Yes! Like we said above in "Who can do Vaulting", vaulting is very beneficial to any kind of riding or athletic sport. Other countries, like Germany and Columbia, often require that younger riders start with vaulting because it teaches such important skills like: independent seat and hands, good balance, an excellent seat, being able to come off a horse and land on your feet, and being comfortable moving all over the horse- so that in riding, if one lands in a strange place, a vaulter knows how to cope with it effectively.
Vaulting also benefits the horse. Studies show that vaulting horses are happiest with their jobs over all other disciplines. It teaches them how to be more tolerant of movement on their back and the extensive lunging is good training for consistent, collected gaits.