Gymnastic on horseback, Equestrian Vaulting whatever you call it, is growing in popularity. Vaulting is an FEI disciple that has been spreading across the USA and Canada catching up with its European counterparts. Today’s episode takes us through vaulting, from the very beginning to the master of the show. we learn about equipment, what horses are best suited, and some insiders tips. Join Heather as she chats with Trisha Dowling vaulting coach as we learn about gymnastics on horseback and the amazing adventures you can have in the world of vaulting.
Gymnastics on Horseback- Equestrian Vaulting
Vaulting 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.
Trisha Dowling (Canada)
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- Equipment required
- Best horses for Vaulting
- Lunge Line Control
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