YES, vaulting is not only the safest of the equestrian sports, it is documented safer than riding bicycles,
playing on playground equipment, and even playing soccer. Compare vaulting to other everyday activities.
Why is vaulting so safe?
The AVA's "Three Points of Vaulting Safety" is the
basis for its superb safety record, and what differentiates it from other equestrian sports. It directly addresses what research cites as the major factors contributing to equestrian rider injury:
1) rider loss of control;
2) riding environment/suitability of the horse;
3) rider knowledge about safety.