Karin's Horse Connection Programs - Vaulting
A Vaulting Connection
Our club, A Vaulting Connection, is part of our non-profit, Karin’s Horse Connection, and offers an alternative to traditional riding. Vaulting combines gymnastics and dance on a moving horse, and is open to all ages and levels. In addition to being a fun way to work with horses, vaulting promotes balance, confidence, strength and oneness with the horse. It builds horsemanship skills, artistic expression, teamwork, responsibility and more!
We have world class horses that have competed at the international level, including in the 2018 World Equestrian Games. They are very well trained, safe, and they love their jobs as vaulting horses. Our coaches are passionate and knowledgeable about the sport, and they work successfully with students of all ages and skill levels.
Although we are well known in the national and international vaulting community, our passion is to introduce vaulting to EVERYONE, all ages and abilities. Our passion is to help vaulters reach their personal bests and individual goals.
Warm-ups and stretching, strength and balance training, learning how to groom and tack the horse, groundwork practice on the stationary and mechanical vaulting barrels, beginning lunging, and of course, vaulting on the horse! In addition, vaulters learn safety around horses, artistic expression, teamwork, responsibility and more!
Vaulting lessons are open to ages 3 and up and require no prior horsemanship or gymnastics experience. First time vaulters learn basic drills on a stationary barrel before transitioning to horseback. Even new vaulters are able to master several exercises in the first lesson, fostering feelings of accomplishment and pride. At Karin’s Horse Connection, we serve all skill levels and offer instruction in recreational, adaptive and competitive vaulting.
Vaulting is one of the safest equestrian sports. During the lesson the horse is controlled by an instructor and the vaulter is assisted (spotted) by another instructor. The horse wears special equipment: a special non-slip pad and a special saddle called a surcingle which has large handles that offer security while doing moves. Vaulting is always done in a controlled environment and careful attention is given to the safety of each vaulter.
It is agreed upon by vaulting communities around the world that it is actually more dangerous TO wear a helmet when vaulting, than to not wear one. They can adversely affect balance and can interfere with peripheral vision. In addition, many of the exercises require vaulters to be in up side down positions where their head is pressed against the horse’s back or side in order to stabilize. Any potentially movable object between the vaulter’s head and the horse could be unsafe for the rider. Find more info here: https://www.americanvaulting.org/safety/FaulknerArticle.pdf