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Often equestrian vaulting is confused with other sports. Here is a brief explanation of the sport and how it started.
Vaulting can simply be explained as gymnastics and dance performed on and in harmony with a moving horse. The word vaulting originally came from the French word “voltige” which means to jump over (the horse).
Vaulting originated in the roman era when soldiers performed vaulting type movements in full battle armor. After the horse disappeared from the battle field these movements were refined, and are now referred to as the compulsory moves performed in competitions.
Equestrian vaulting has become a very popular sport in
Vaulting teaches children, and adults, to move in harmony with a horse, balance, flexibility, strength and team work skills. Vaulting also teaches children the basics of working with and taking care of horses, therefore making it a great activity for children that would like to get involved with horses, but have no prior experience.