VAULTING FOR Riders
Great Lakes Equestrian Vaulting Club has a program for riders, using some of the basic exercises, fitness and flexibility needed to vault, also greatly improves your riding skills.
Balance (without inferring with the horses rhythm)
Harmony (timing of aids and seat balance)
Confidence (in your balance and harmony)
Safety (Ability to dismount safely at speed)
Fitness (Rider fitness increases)
Suppleness (Rider becomes more supple)
Developing an independent seat is absolutely essential for the development of your riding and your horse regardless of the discpline.
Many very good riders all started their riding careers in vaulting, it's typical in Europe for Riding Schools to require vaulting before entering into a riding program.
I don't know where I would be if it hadn't been for vaulting. It gave me so much more than just the physical aspects, like better security and balance while riding. It taught me sportsmanship, teamwork, how to communicate, how to articulate and teach. It helped form the foundation of my life and my career. I owe my success today to my past vaulting sport and it's family.
I truly believe vaulting played a huge part in my success as a Dressage rider. It helped me develop a better feel for the horses, better balance and timing, body awareness and really learn how to use my foundation which is my core muscles. I'm forever grateful for my time as a vaulter and value the lessons I still use today in Dressage.
Maria is a Great Lakes Vaulting athlete seen here on Rhapsody a GLEV vaulting horse at their debut at a local Dressage competition. Not only is cross training valuable for riding athletes, but also for our Equine athletes. Maria through vaulting has already developed a balanced and harmonious seat.