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PostSubject: Anyone ever try...   Sun Feb 28, 2010 5:30 pm

Vaulting and Gymnastics on Horseback

I was looking around online for what is available close by and came across a barn that does vaulting. I was very surprised to see this in the area. Thought is might come in handy...the next time I was getting thrown I could just vault.

Tammy you better not let Kayla know about this she'll have Skipper on the lunge line practicing.

What is Vaulting?

Vaulting is a rapidly growing sport which can best be described as ‘gymnastics on a moving horse’. The horse is controlled by a lunger and moves in a 15 metre circle. Most exercises are performed at canter, although practising difficult manoeuvres and some fun classes are done at walk.
The horse wears a bridle, (with the lunge line usually attached direct to the inside bit ring), and a specially designed roller with two large handles either side of the withers. The roller is used to keep a large back pad in position and the handles enable the vaulters to mount and carry out various exercises on the horse with a great feeling of security.

With a qualified teacher and lunger, vaulting helps build up balance and confidence on the horse, as well as general athletic ability. You don’t need to be able to ride to vault, but vaulting can greatly improve your riding skills.


Vaulting is an all year round sport, an indoor or outdoor arena is used for working on the horse (depending on the weather), along side the barrel or ‘practice horse’. In very bad weather a lot of work can be done on the barrel and in the gym. Barrel competitions are held in the winter when working with the horses may be slightly curtailed.
All vaulters have the opportunity to be involved with the care of the horse, without the responsibility or expense of owning one. A monthly subscription is paid to the vaulting club and the cost of tuition and caring for the horse is shared by the group.
Being part of a vaulting group is a lot of fun. With the use of music vaulters can work as a team, but there is also the opportunity for vaulters to perform individually as well as pairs or trios.
At competitions there is often a fun Fancy Dress class as well!

A Brief History of Vaulting

Vaulting and horseback gymnastics at Legacy Equestrian Center in Nova ScotiaThe earliest root of vaulting date back until the Pre-Romanic Ice Period in South Scandinavia in 1500 BC . Stone paintings give an impression what these people thought of “Artistic Riding”. These pictures depict horses with persons standing on them.

Others see roots in the bull dancers of ancient Crete. Even in the Classical Olympics in Greece “Artistic Riding” was part of the competitions.

Also there was vaulting at Roman games, people where performing acrobatic and dance-like movements on the backs of cantering horses about 2000 years ago. Julius Cäsar mentioned the excellent riding skills of the Germans in his famos “De Bello Gallico”.

During the Middle Ages vaulting was part of the education of knights and noblemen. In Baroque Times this kind of sport was more regarded as a means of expressing personal wealth and good taste. The present name of the sport comes from the French “La Voltige” during this period.

Every graduate from a higher military education in cavalry troops regarded vaulting as a prephase for an advanced equestrian education. They were already familiar to the so called “wooden horse” for training purposes. In our days vaulters use a “vaulting barrel” to practise the movements they will perform on the horse.

Vaulting was included as “Artistic Riding” by cavalry officers in the Olympic Games 1920 in Antwerpen. The team gold medalist was Belgium followed by France and Sweden.

Modern vaulting, much as is practiced today, was developed in postwar Germany as a means of introducing children to equestrian sports. In the sixties vaulting moved to the neighburing countries and to the United States.

In 1983, vaulting became one of the equestrian disciplines recognised by the FEI. The first European Championships took place 1984 in Ebreichsdorf, Austria and the first World Championships 1986 in Bulle, Switzerland. :bigsmiley.png:
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever try...   Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:10 pm

NO! Kayla is not allowed to watch vaulting. I saw it at the last WEG - truly amazing! My nerves would definitely SNAP if she started vaulting!
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever try...   Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:34 pm

a few years ago (maybe 4??) at a 4h pony club event they had a vaulting demo from a young lady in PEI, she watched Bailey doing her usual crazy stuff on her pony that she rode back then and asked if Bailey could join the vaulting team over there. Had it been in NB I'd have considered it but PEI was too far for us at the time.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever try...   Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:15 am

ok, not for the feint of heart, and you certainly need core strength and maybe co ordination and a lot of guts.....................not on my bucketlist..............would love to watch though

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever try...   Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:18 am

I have watched the vaulting competition on the internet .. I'm not sure but I think they were taking place in Italy.. Some real impressive stuff!

This is the link to the web site where I watch some equine competitions..
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