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    02-22-2012, 08:07 AM
Originally Posted by Equineluv26    
Pretend not to be afraid- I can remember when I was afraid but acted like I wasnt when I first started riding. I picked up and learned very quickly.. So I shall pretend again :)

Good job! There's another saying, "Fake it until you make it!" -- it works!
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    02-22-2012, 10:35 AM
Out of all the falls I've had (trust me, there's been...ahem..a few!) only 2 of them resulted in injury, pain and needing a recovery. Both those falls were the only ones where I didn't have a body protector on.
I don't know everyone else's experiences but for me the case is closed.
I wear a Champion Zip-air now, used to have a Charles Owen.
    02-24-2012, 03:42 AM
This thread is pretty much already summed up, but I just wanted to say good luck getting back into the swing of things and gaining your confidence again! Thankfully, I have never had that bad of a fall, but can only imagine how hard it may be to get back to where you were after such a severe ordeal.

I (knock on wood) rarely fall off, but I do think a vest is a good idea. I have only worn one when required at events, but it is definitely a good idea. I have a Flex-Rider vest that I used once, but do not like the bulkiness of it so bought a Tipperary. It is definitely MUCH less protection, compared to the Flex-Rider though, but I like the fit of the Tipperary better.... not as "boxie".
    02-29-2012, 07:48 AM
So I spoke with my psychologist...and she suggested I really need to sit back and think about some things. Details I never really did think about with the accident and such. I won't go into any details uness you really want to know but safety for myself is her number one concern and the fact of having a good certified instructor... so I have things to think about. Thanks for all your input I do really appreciate it!! Makes me feel better that I am not the only one dealing with this... I have been trying the fake it till you make it saying...:)
    02-29-2012, 08:05 AM
Just ensure the vest you get fits well. When I only used mine xc it was fine. I tried to ride in it on a greeny but because I was sitting down and in this case back alot more found it got in the way. The extra drop over the tail bone meant I couldn't sit in the saddle properly. Fine for 2 point through xc though
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    02-29-2012, 12:40 PM
Hey just wanted to say you're brave in the fact your getting back on a horse after such an accident, I fell off a horse once too, past out woke up with the skin missing from my back still have a huge scar. But I found a really understanding instructor and now own a mare that has brought my back confidence and two years later I enjoy riding as much or more than ever.

I also use a tipperary riding vest, I don't remember the name of it, it is comfortable for me, but I spent lots of time trying on different ones figuring out sizing and which ones fit my shape, being flat chested helps too so super adjustable wasn't a problem.

Try a bunch if you can, and pick one you like.

Courage is being scared and saddling up any way (for get the quote's owner).
    11-11-2012, 12:36 AM
I think you have a lot of guts just for getting back on a horse after such a terrible acccident. I've been riding for 25 years, and I've never had a wreck like that. I hope you can find a supportive, experience instructor who will only put you on calm, experienced horses.

Even though I'm an experienced rider, I'm thinking about getting a safety vest (I start colts, which is sometimes a little risky). Thanks to everyone here who has shared their thoughts.

Best of luck with your recovery.
    11-11-2012, 12:50 AM
I ride racehorses for a living and I ride them out on the farm. None of the boys wear a safety vest, however I do. Not because im afraid of falling off but it gives me that little bit more confidence when I ride.

Even though a vest wont save you from falling off it helps as a more mental safety net (well for me anyway). I can't really describe it, but it works in more ways than one.
    11-12-2012, 11:25 AM
A few suggestions that I hope might help you
- find someone to give you lessons on the lunge line - you can worry about you staying on the horse without having to control the horse
- find a martial arts studio and take lessons on break falls and rolling - you'll learn how to fall safely on nice mats, practice enough that it becomes muscle meomory so that when you fall off your body can react appropriately and your brain doesn't panic and shut down
-safety vest, helmet, heels and gloves so you feel protected

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