First off I'm 60 yrs old. Up until 2 years ago I was taking riding lessons for about 5 years and loved riding. I even won a few ribbons at schooling shows. (never first place though, LOL) Then 2 yrs ago I was thrown and broke 6 ribs, my collarbone, and punctured a lung. In the hospital I was in so much pain I swore never to get on another horse again. Well, just like the women who swear never to have another baby after experiencing childbirth than wanting one two years later I have the urge to ride again. I have been on two trail rides since (at public riding stables) and have been very nervous both times, a feeling I never had before the accident.
I have noticed at the racetrack the outriders (not the jockeys) wear vests. I asked one about them and she said it's to protect the ribcage. My question to the experts here is how effective are they? Can they really stop fractures? Personally it seems that a simple vest can really help stop fractures if you hit the ground very hard. Thanks for any help.