Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: British Columbia
• Horses: 0
Sounds like you and I share the same experiences. I'm a bit younger but last year was a hell year for me and my young horse. In the summer I came up behind him in the indoor thought he heard me and got double barrelled in the pelvis not once but twice. Had two perfectly marked hoof shaped bruises on my hip/pelvic bone area. The double slam into the side of the arena broke two ribs. I was off from riding for 12 weeks. And then just when I was coming back I got bucked off, rebroke the ribs and bruised and damaged all my internal organs.
So the deal with my family was that if I wanted to continue to ride, 1. He had to go to my coach for some finishing and 2. I had to ride with a new air vest. They got together and bought me the vest for Christmas, we researched both air vests and went with the Hit Air.
I haven't exploded it yet... had two near misses though - one when he jumped so big he jumped me out of the tack and my pulley wire/rope was pretty taunt but it didn't go. And another time I had swung my leg over to jump off and dismount only to at the last minute see I was still clicked in - and managed to unclick before the vest blew.
I've since ridden with and without it, I jumped once without it, had a near miss, my horse went left and my body went right. I stuck on, but it was enough to scare me and remind me I needed to put my vest on.
I love the vest for safety as it protects my ribs, my spine, my kidneys, there is a little spot that will come out for my tailbone and a neck roll to stop me from hyper extending backwards. I would strongly recommend one.