Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
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I tried to google it, but couldn't come up with anything..thats why I said to the best of my knowledge. When the vests were first invented, they weren't so worried about about the rotational falls or the people landing on a fence, but getting stepped on, as that seemed to be the main injury (possibly in jockies?) ,eons ago of course. Now of course with all the certifications a vest needs, then yes, they are trying to prevent what you said MIE.... the rotational falls, people hitting fences. But you also have to remember that cross country courses were much much different when the vest came out, and there were probably fewer injuries, but as the layout changes, it became more and more apparent that the vests needed to be of better quality and design that they had been before.
Bull riders actually have better made vests then we do as they have a bit of kevlar in their vests, compared to just our high density foam stuff.
Again....this is all to the best of my knowledge.
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