Equine vaulting

Equine Vaulting is a combination of gymnastics and dance on a trained vaulting horse while working at a walk or a canter.  It can be practiced both competitively or non-competitively.

Vaulting has been practiced in Festina Equestrian Learning Centre since 2017. We have three trained vaulting horses, Jelly, Monkey and Ginger.

All vaulting moves will be practice once the vaulter is warmed up and the vaulting moves have been learnt and practiced on a static barrel.

Benefits

  • Vaulting as a sport has numerous benefits for all ages and abilities
  • Vaulting is a fun way for children to express their creativity.
  • Vaulting is a team sport and allows children to develop teamwork skills and make new friends.
  • Vaulting is physically challenging, and both develops and maintains flexibility, strength, timing, balance and coordination.
  • Vaulting is an excellent training compliment to related sports such as horseback riding, gymnastics and dance.
  • Vaulting has proven to be of great therapeutic benefit for both persons with physical and mental disabilities.
  • Vaulting helps to develop a strong, healthy body and builds confidence, along with the benefit of contact with the horses on a psychological and physical level.

Safety

  • The vaulter’s correct and safe outfit includes clothes that don’t have to be tight but are form-fitting to allow freedom of movement.
  • Jeans and sweatshirts with a hood are not recommended since they can interfere with gymnastic moves while mounted on the horse.
  • Long hair needs to be tied back in a ponytail
  • Jewellery needs to be taken off.
  • The appropriate footwear for beginners is inexpensive water shoes, and competitive vaulters purchase shoes specifically for vaulting.