How to build a barrel
The Vaulting Barrel
- Uses of a Vaulting Barrel
- It can serve as a surrogate horse for groups starting without a horse.
- It can save the horse from over-use by providing another means for vaulters to practice.
- It can save time as vaulters continue their lesson on the barrel during the horse’s warm-up and rest periods, and during other vaulters’ turns on the horse.
- It can help vaulters gain confidence since they can master the exercises on a stationary object before trying them on a moving horse.
- It can be used indoors during bad weather so that the vaulting lessons need not be canceled when the horse cannot be worked.
- It can be used by vaulters who are composing freestyles (kYrs) and want to experiment with different combinations of exercises.
- Construction of Barrel
- A vaulting barrel can be constructed from two 55-gallon oil drums mounted on legs. (See Appendix for diagrams of construction. Information is also available on the AVA website at www.americanvaulting.org.) Barrels may also be designed from plywood and one-by-fours.
- The barrel must be solid enough so that it will not tip over when vaulters pull on the handles.
- The barrel must be well padded and the handles wrapped with tape. Sharp edges, rough spots, or protruding barrel legs are a danger to the vaulters and must be avoided.Download Barrel Plans
- Footing around Barrel
- The footing around the barrel is as important as that in the vaulting circle.
- Gymnastic mats, foam rubber, old mattresses, carpeting remnants, etc. all provide for good landings.
- The same types of footing (turf, sand, shavings, etc.) as used in the vaulting circle are also suitable for use around the barrel, especially if it is located in the same general area.