SubscribeGift a Sub
Enable cache 100
Horseback Riding Lessons

Vaulting Lessons

With each vaulting lesson I take, my fears subside and my confidence grows. I’ve graduated from a stout Haflinger named Cheyenne to a much taller (probably 15.1 or so) Quarter Horse named Leo. The intense workout program I’ve been doing at home has helped my stamina and ability to better execute the vaulting movements, and I learn something new with every session. I recently learned the scissors, which is very complicated, and accomplished my first exercise at the canter–the basic seat! On the downside, I was introduced to the spandex unitard I will be wearing if I do demonstrations at the horse park (Eek!). All in all, I’m very proud of myself and actually surprised. I would never have thought I’d have the guts or the ability to tackle a sport like this. I will keep you posted with my progress.



<< Previous Entry



Back to The Near Side

Abigail Boatwright

Abigail Boatwright is a freelance writer and photographer based in Texas, and is the editor of Horse Illustrated’s sister publication, Western Life Today.

View Comments

  • the infamous spandex unitard - the downside of vaulting, I can still remember my red one, definitely not the most forgiving piece of clothing :o) Good luck!

  • Thanks for the comments! I have a demonstration coming up this weekend. My first! I am definitely a little nervous about donning the unitard, but I'm excited for the demo. It should be fun! Alecia, to answer your comment about my exercise regimen, it's a program called P90X. You should be able to easily Google it. Like I said, it's tough but definitely worth it! I've seen improvements in my regular riding as well as in my vaulting.

  • good luck with the demo and pls make sure that you take pics and share them with your readers...good luck!

Recent Posts

ASPCA Right Horse Adoptable Horse of the Week: Catipari

Welcome to Horse Illustrated’s weekly installment of the Right Horse Adoptable Horse of the Week, offered in partnership with the…

2 hours ago

ASPCA Virtual Adoption Event: Adopt a Horse Month 2024

This May is the fourth annual Adopt a Horse Month, initiated by the ASPCA Right Horse Program. The month focuses…

1 day ago

5 Best Types of Fencing for Horse Farms

There are so many details to think about when choosing a new boarding facility or when bringing your horses home,…

1 day ago

Build a Riding Arena at Home

Many horse owners dream of owning a home riding arena or facility. Lucky you—your dream has come true. You have…

2 days ago

Getting Started with Volunteering at Horse Rescues

Read the full article about volunteering at horse rescues in Horse Illustrated’s July 2024 issue! Below is some great content…

6 days ago

ASPCA Right Horse Adoptable Horse of the Week: Golden

Welcome to Horse Illustrated’s weekly installment of the Right Horse Adoptable Horse of the Week, offered in partnership with the…

1 week ago