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Do you think we need them?

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  • Why do people use body protecters for horse riding
  • Is it beccasary to wear a body protecter when riding a horse

View Poll Results: Should I wear a body protecter?
Yes 4 66.67%
No 0 0%
Just wear it on the days when the horse is full of energy 0 0%
I use body protecters and like them 4 66.67%
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    06-09-2010, 03:32 PM
Question Do you think we need them?

So lets say I got a horse:) I would have to ride on grass (or not comfy arena sand ,if you want to say that). I fhtis horse was still a little green and we are practicing jumps. Would you suggest a body protecter?? And when riding do body protecters make it hard to post ect.?
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    06-09-2010, 03:36 PM
Well, as far as protectors go, I find them useful tools to have when you are doing serious competing. I, myself, would not wear one just because I've been on green horses without killing myself for fifteen years.

But here's my question: If you have never owned a horse before (Which is what I gather from your previous posts as well as this one) why the hell would you buy a green one?
    06-09-2010, 03:40 PM
I agree. If you're looking into buying a horse find one that is highly trained and not green AT ALL.

As for body protectants, I'd use for serious competitions but if you're going to get into a sport like this you need to be prepared for a fall. Know the risks of getting hurt and feeling pain, but know that most likely you won't die without protectants (except a helmet I think IS very necessary)
    06-09-2010, 03:41 PM
Oh haha! I ride and take lessons at a barn. (I am actually riding a green horse now) And I have fallen off more then once
    06-09-2010, 03:47 PM
Well know that regardless of your horse's training you are in good hands. If you are taking care of a horse by yourself you may be alone or with friends your age and experience, and not constantly being attended to by your trainer in case something goes wrong, and ALWAYS assume that something may go wrong. Even the best horse can bolt, but it's best to keep the odds in your favour.
    06-09-2010, 03:52 PM
Ok, thanks
    06-09-2010, 06:47 PM
My first horse was a green horse. And actually he's still green:) But let me say he was THE calmest sweetest three year old ever. Everyone thought he was bomb proof. Including my trainer my parents my friends. No one thought he would hurt a fly. Well lets just say one day he decided he would be frisky. I fell, landed on my feet but then was more or less mauled over. I permantly hurt my knee. And I have severe problems with it now. Even sitting down it HURTS. So no matter the horse EXPECT for things to go wrong. Even the best horses have their moments. Even the predictable horses are unpredictable to a morale of the story? Always be prepared for everything:) if you think you need the vest. Whats the harm? You are just be safe. Especially on a green horse.and yes I still have the horse and love him to death:) but he has acted up here and there since then.
    06-11-2010, 03:43 AM
I always wear mine when mounted. No ifs about it. I don't find them awkward or uncomfortable to ride in at all anymore. That's actually why I ride in them all the time. So that when I do compete I don't feel weird.
    06-11-2010, 04:50 AM
I only use mine in cross country. The first few years I did really low grades then I went up to c grade and I bought one. Didn't even use it when I took my young one out the first time

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