Vaulters perform simple and experienced gymnastic maneuvers on “Heyoka”, our Belgian-Haflinger gentle giant, and our black and white Friesian paint, “Taj”. Stunts are executed on top of a thick pad on the horse’s back, holding the handles of the surcingle, which is attached to the horse with a cinch. One instructor teaches the vaulter while the other maintains control of the horse, lunging him in a contained circle.
Vaulting is a great confidence builder. Practice begins on the vaulting barrel where campers learn basic seat, mount and dismount, and several stunts. More advanced moves are the kneel, stand, the flag, arabesque, the prince and doubles. Campers have even invented their own moves! Vaulting is a safe and fun horsemanship challenge.
Enrollment for Vaulting is limited and required before January 1.