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How to build a freestyle

A question often asked by many vaulters! And it IS hard.. to build a freestyle from scratch!

So, let’s help you out with this problem! We’ve made a list with some tips for you to make is easier to build your freestyle, or in case you’re a trainer this might help you to build your students freestyle or help them out!

Our first tip is, start easy! Because a freestyle should be nice to watch, in harmony with your horse and it should be YOUR freestyle. If you choose the exercises which you can perform easy, you can work on the perfection and the arm movements. If you make it too difficult and the exercises fail, the general impression is different ( and not in a positive way wink)

We always work from a basic format, form there we start to change the freestyle. At the end it doesn’t even looks like the basic freestyle at all. But it just works better to have a start point and let creativity flow from there! 

Always try to highlight your qualities. That could be that you’re strong or flexible, that you have good coördination or rhythmic feeling. Try to figure out what your qualities are and use them! 

In a freestyle they judge you for using all the directions and structure groups. You’ll get deduction if you don’t use one group. But sometimes it’s better to get that deduction instead of doing an exercise you’re not capable of and collapse on the horse. If you have difficulties by performing exercises from specific structure groups, try to make that exercises as easy as possible! So you tick the box but you won’t get a lot of deduction!

Ofcourse adapt your freestyle to your horse. If you have a new horse or a difficult one, make your freestyle in a way that you can always perform it, even when your horse is not perfect! Horse welfare is always #1 in everything! If your horse can’t handle the freestyle, than change it!

Make a plan A and B. During your training season you can make freestyle A – a solid freestyleyou’re absolutely sure you can perform it! And than you make freestyle B – a more difficult version of your freestyle. If plan A works well, you can develp your freestyle by adding the exercises of freestyle B when you’re able to perform them! This way you’ll always have a freestyle ready but you can develop it during the competition season!

More freestyle tips in the content at Vaulting Academy!