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    08-07-2013, 09:20 AM
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Safety vests

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.
     
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    08-10-2013, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Jeff Rosen    
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.
I was watching falls during the Olympics and those riders appear to have some sort of inflatable vest that inflates when they leave the horse.

If you fall on your head a vest won't help...
     
    08-10-2013, 03:17 PM
  #3
Foal
I ride in a Tipperary vest and it does really help with the impact felt when you have an unplanned dismount. I also studied martial arts for several years where I learnt how to fall and roll safely - you might be able to book specific lessons in this at a local dojo.
     
    08-10-2013, 04:20 PM
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Yes, these jackets can greatly protect your body.
In the UK all jockeys have to wear a protective vest when race riding. It is also compulsory with event riding.

The best one that I know of is the Point Two Safety. This is a vest that once on the horse you clip a cord to the saddle, should you fall the cord inflates the jacket. Of course, there is a danger that you might bounce away to who knows where but at least your spine, ribs and internal organs are protected!

The thing is to remember to in lip the cord before you dismount. The canisters for refilling the vests are not cheap but tests in the UK showed that cheap imitation refills did not work as well.

Besides wearing a back protestor you should wear a well fitting helmet and shoes with a heel.
     
    08-10-2013, 08:31 PM
  #5
Foal
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.
     

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