Vaulting History

 

Vaulting History

Vaulting History, the romans started the art of vaulting to provide entertainment.

 
Lusitano-Vaulting HistoryVaulting History on horses:   It is believed that the romans started the art of vaulting to provide entertainment for the emperor and his guests.   Back then it was a dangerous activity because there were no rules or safety precautions.   Vaulters simply got on the horse and started performing their tricks and acrobatic moves.   The horse did not receive the proper training.   They do today.   Back then, all that was required was a tame, strong horse and you were set.
.
.
.

Lusitano-Vaulting HistoryThe truth is that vaulting did not start with the Roman Empire.   There is evidence that it was started in Crete.   It was not done on horses.   It was done on running bulls in a plaza.   There was no real control over what happened and many got injured in the process.   A bunch of bulls were let loose in the plaza.   The brave acrobats simply picked a bull and did a handstand on its back or jumped over it and then moved on to the next one.   It was used as an entertainment for the crowds.
.
.
.

Lusitano-Vaulting HistoryIt is also known that vaulting was part of the training received by cavalry soldiers in the Roman and Greek armies.   They were trained to perform handstands, stand on the horse’s back and shoot their arrows backwards on top of a running horse without a saddle or anything else to hold on but a loose bridle.   Mind you these soldiers were amazing athletes and horsemen to be able to perform these feats on top of a running horse in the middle of a fierce battle.
.
.
.

Lusitano-Vaulting HistoryThat was more than two thousand years ago.   Vaulting survived the times when it was incorporated into the circus acts that moved around Europe performing and entertaining those who paid for their tickets.   During this time they probably used old, tired horses which were used to carrying heavy weights or pulling the circus wagons.   They were docile and had lost all their spunk.   It was still a difficult and dangerous thing to do.   But the condition of the horses help the performers a little.
.
.
.

Lusitano-Vaulting HistoryVaulting made its first appearance in the 1924 Olympic Games.   It was called “artistic riding”.   Apparently it did not catch on.   The event was eliminated from the following Olympic Games.   With time and many accidents and even deaths, vaulting was perfected and improved until today.   It is considered an art form and serious competitors participate in it to win gold at the Olympic Games.
.
.
.
 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *