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    12-03-2010, 01:57 AM
  #1
Weanling
Protective Vest For hunter jumpers

I have had a couple of bad falls (3 in 2 weeks) recently and I was wondering is it worth looking in to a protective vest (a certified one)?

I am a hunter jumper. No one really wears them, but would I stick out too much wearing one?

Any one you like a lot?

Safety is my biggest concern!
     
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    12-03-2010, 06:22 AM
  #2
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Sghorselover    
I have had a couple of bad falls (3 in 2 weeks) recently and I was wondering is it worth looking in to a protective vest (a certified one)?

I am a hunter jumper. No one really wears them, but would I stick out too much wearing one?

Any one you like a lot?

Safety is my biggest concern!
One of the girls at my barn rides in a vest every lesson. It is her (parents) decision.

I have seen a few hunters wear one, as well as a few jumpers.

Really....it is your decision in the end if you want to wear one. You will not be marked down in hunters for them.
     
    12-07-2010, 08:40 PM
  #3
Weanling
I go out cross country in a vest and if i'm training a young horse that isn't that predicable I bring it with me incase I decide to use it. When I took my young horse out for the first time I only had him 3 weeks and he's never been out with that much going on (and not out with me) so I wore the vest all day when usually I don't.
I got a tipperary which is a little bulky but it's easy to move in and comfortable.
I had seen people use a vest called VIPA i'm not sure but I think it might be australian made, it was designed by a jockey, they are very slimline and could be hidden under clothing if you wish to
     
    12-08-2010, 09:39 PM
  #4
Foal
I always where a helmet/vest when I ride. I think that yes, if safety is the greatest concern, you should wear one. Just a word of warning though- you get used to them real fast but they feel kind of stiff when you first ride in them. Still, if you have had so many falls in 2 weeks I'm starting to think that your horse might be a bit dangerous and that yeah, a protective vest is probably a good idea.

Hope this helped!
     
    12-08-2010, 09:57 PM
  #5
Weanling
Well at first I was working with a green pony. Rode her 4 times a week then she left and I have been moved around to many different horses. I fell off this week also ;(

Are the Charles Owen vests good?
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    12-10-2010, 05:57 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I have to use a jumping vest everytime I jump. I do eventing, and I wear it in Stadium & XC.
I LOVE my Charles Owen. It isnt too stiff, it breathes, it moves with me, easy to put on/take off while mounted, I highly reccomend it!
Good Luck!
     
    12-11-2010, 03:03 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by VanillaBean    
I have to use a jumping vest everytime I jump. I do eventing, and I wear it in Stadium & XC.
I LOVE my Charles Owen. It isnt too stiff, it breathes, it moves with me, easy to put on/take off while mounted, I highly reccomend it!
Good Luck!
I've got a Charles Owens too and I love it especially for being hard to find one that would fit due to my confo and it's perfect.
I haven't seen too many H/J people wear them and I know there was a thread on here not too long ago about showing in them. I haven't Evented in a few years so I haven't used it and am at a H/J barn but the more I think about it, the more I wanna start using it again.
     
    12-17-2010, 10:42 AM
  #8
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sghorselover    
I have had a couple of bad falls (3 in 2 weeks) recently and I was wondering is it worth looking in to a protective vest (a certified one)?

I am a hunter jumper. No one really wears them, but would I stick out too much wearing one?

Any one you like a lot?

Safety is my biggest concern!
I'm a Hunter Jumper and Most of my barn is to. Almost everyone in my barn wears a vest because we cannot risk getting hurt(: The vest I wear is a $200 one and it has saved my life! I fell of a horse and landed on tail bone first and then my back and then my head smacked the ground. If I wasnt wearing that vest I would no be able to ride anymore. I love them(:*When they are fitted right!*
     
    12-18-2010, 10:29 PM
  #9
Showing
Since I jump, my mom wants me to start wearing an eventing vest, so today we drove to the tack store and I bought my Christmas gift; it's an Airowear eventing vest. It was the only certified one they carried, and it was super comfortable--plus it supposedly conforms to your body as it heats up. I paid $239.

I wouldn't go with an Intec, I know a lot of people that have that one but it's not certified. Better than nothing....but not certified.
     
    12-20-2010, 07:06 AM
  #10
Showing
If you are short on money you can consider Flex Rider (Dover Saddlery | Ladies' Intec Flex-Rider Body Protector .). Frankly I found it as uncomfortable as Charles Owen (both feel like you are packed in cardboard), but at least it's like 2.5 times cheaper. If you have little more to spend I agree with equiniphile - Airoway is amazingly comfortable (Dover Saddlery | Airowear Outlyne Flexible Vest .)
     

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