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Interactive vaulting, like carriage driving, is a fast-growing equestrian sport for both therapeutic and recreational purposes. Often equated to gymnastics on horseback, vaulting uses a surcingle to allow riders to perform seven standard movements (called compulsories) and many freestyle movements on the back of a horse on a lunge line. The therapeutic value of vaulting is immense, as it promotes strength, flexibility, balance and coordination through the physical moves; as well as confidence, trust, patience and critical thinking as participants must learn routines and develop the skills necessary to perform these on a moving horse. Traditionally, all three gaits are used, though the intensity of the speed and movements can be easily adjusted for therapeutic programs.
If you are interested in utilizing this exciting and unique discipline in your program and would like to become a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Certified Vaulting Instructor, you may read the certification booklet below and attend a PATH Intl. Interactive Vaulting Workshop to learn all the necessary skills and precautions. After participating in the PATH Intl. Interactive Vaulting Workshop and practicing the skills taught, you may be ready for certification. You can sign up to attend a vaulting certification, which is conducted at a host site, once you have completed all the following prerequisites:
Once you have met these requirements, the Interactive Vaulting Certification process will consist of the following components:
At the conclusion of the certification each candidate will be notified of results and given written and oral feedback from the evaluators in a one-on-one setting.
***Please refer to the PATH Intl. interactive vaulting specialty standards in a current version of the PATH Intl. Standards and Accreditation Manual. These very detailed standards address some of the most important safety concerns for interactive vaulting. In addition, they contain information about what is needed to start interactive vaulting program.
*PATH Intl. acknowledges that both spellings "lungeing" and "longeing" are correct and used in the literature when discussing use of the horse on a circle. PATH Intl. uses the spelling "lungeing" in all documents.