Do you wear a vest?

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View Poll Results: Do you wear a safety vest?
Yes 4 20.00%
No 14 70.00%
I would if I had one 2 10.00%
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    06-29-2008, 05:46 PM
Do you wear a vest?

Since I've started training youngsters again, my parents decided to give me an early birthday present - a savety vest made by Tipperary.
I had always considered them to be "eventing" vests, and had never really thought much about them until they gave me this present.
Now I have totally changed my tune. With youngsters, you never know what they might do, so I decided that it wasn't worth risking a busted rib over not wearing one. I really like it. I don't wear it riding Maia as I feel safe and confident on her, but I do while riding the other two.
However, I have heard that some riding schools won't let kids ride with vests, and I don't know why. It does offer protection.
Do any of you wear vests?
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    06-29-2008, 06:26 PM
I have only wore one of the few occasions I have gone cross country otherwise no BUT I will be wearing one on the first few rides on my babies, especially the draft.
    06-29-2008, 06:49 PM
I've never worn one, but I've never really had the need to wear one. I don't jump very high. I have worked young and inexperienced horses, but I've never worn a vest.
    06-29-2008, 07:18 PM
Nope, I never have. If I ever feel the need to, maybe I'd wear one...but I never had the need to.
    06-29-2008, 07:31 PM
I don't wear a body protector, but if/when I start learning to jump (it probably won't be before September so it'll have to be next summer, when I'm riding again) I'll probably buy a body protector. Better safe than sorry, I guess!
    06-29-2008, 08:00 PM
Wow, I didn't even know they existed. Goodness.
    06-29-2008, 08:11 PM
Only for cross country, at the moment. Although if I'm being a good girl I will put it on if we have showjumping lessons outdoors in the fields. If I competed over fences, as I plan to do in the future, I would probably wear it then too.
But not most of the time - not for flatwork lessons, hacks or most jumping lessons. I ride youngsters without it on too as I feel like it restricts my movement and makes me stiff sometimes, where I want to be light and comfortable and ready to move if I need to! If I were doing first rides I would probably wear it though, but I don't.
    06-29-2008, 11:21 PM
I've never wore one and I don't think I will.
    06-30-2008, 03:31 AM
I've worn them while riding xc before in the back field course of my old barn, but never in an arena. I never really thought about it, but it is a very good idea..
    06-30-2008, 04:46 AM
I don't have one, bit if I did I would wear it. I think they look cool and really warm. I know it can help you as you have less chance of breaking your ribs while jumping or whatever, but I don't really mind because I have been riding for 4 years without one....

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