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In any equestrian sport, first priority must be given to the well being of the horse, for without the horse nothing can be accomplished. Anyone who has the responsibility for a horse’s care should learn as much as possible about how to keep the horse in top condition both physically and mentally, and they should learn how to identify problems if they should appear. Overall sensitivity to your horse’s well being can help you and your horse enjoy a long, safe and pleasant career in vaulting.
Special considerations must also be given to the vaulting horse due to his unique job and performance requirements. For example, be sure to work your horses equally in both directions. Many clubs warm up and cool down the horse to the right since much of their work is done to the left. Additionally, work the horse under saddle to maintain its physical condition and keep the horse’s mental attitude fresh. Use proper vaulting pads of high quality materials to protect your horse’s back. Wrap your horse’s legs to both protect from impact as well as offer support. Train your horse under saddle and without vaulters to build up strength beforehand. Finally, give your horse adequate time off each week and after strenuous workouts and competitions.
Basic horse care must include regular vaccinations, deworming, hoof care and veterinarian health checks, daily grooming and hoof cleaning, regular exercise, good nutrition and constant access to clean water, and daily cleaning of living area.
Everyone involved in the sport of vaulting is required to adhere to EVUSA’s Code of Conduct for the welfare of the horse and to acknowledge and accept that at all times the welfare of the horse is paramount and must never be subordinated to competitive or commercial influences.
At all stages during the preparation and training of competition horses, welfare must take precedence over all other demands.
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Horses and athletes must be fit, competent and in good health before they are allowed to compete.
Events must not prejudice horse welfare.
Every effort must be made to ensure that horses receive proper attention after they have competed and that they are treated humanely when their competition careers are over. EVUSA urges all those involved in equestrian sport to attain the highest possible levels of education in their areas of expertise relevant to the care and management of the competition horse.
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The Code of Conduct is in place so that judges, lungers, vaulters and coaches have an understanding of quality safety and care of the horses. The code of conduct was drawn with permission from the FEI guidelines for vaulting.