Welcome to Mount Eden Vaulting Club
Vaulting at Garrod Farms Since 1960
Is vaulting safe?
Vaulting is the safest of the equestrian sports, documented safer than riding bicycles, playing on playground equipment, and even playing soccer, according to the American Vaulting Association (AVA).
Vaulting was brought to the United States from Germany in the 1960s, where it had long been, and still is, considered a prerequisite for riding in that country. That's right-- in Germany children and adults alike learn to vault as their first horse experience! (Today Germany has more than 100,000 vaulters, and over half the German riders holding competitive licenses today were vaulters in their early years.)
Beginning vaulters first learn general and horse safety, and quickly progress to practicing their moves on a vaulting barrel, a stationary padded, metal drum, attached to legs, with a vaulting surcingle (handles) attached. Once vaulters are comfortable with their moves on a barrel, they progress to a horse moving at a walk, oftentimes with a spotter right beside them. As vaulters progress up the ranks, the vaulting gaits change from a walk to a trot, and at the highest level vaulters perform on, and in concert with, a cantering horse.
The "Three Points of Vaulting Safety" is the basis for the sport's superb safety record, and is what differentiates it from other equestrian sports. It directly addresses what research cites as the major factors contributing to equestrian rider injury:
1) rider loss of control
2) riding environment/suitability of the horse
3) rider knowledge about safety.