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post #1 of 9 Old 09-26-2009, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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You use reflective vest/tack?

Well, yesterday was my first day this year with reflective stuff onme and my horse :) Fall has come..
Dunno where you are, but here at least in the summer it barely gets dark untill it's light again, and in winter it barelly gets light before its dark again :P So part of the autumn outine is to get that visibility tack out :P
Atr the moment it's dark at 7.30pm, soon enough that'll be about 3pm..

I rarely ride much on traficked roads, but you never know if you'll cross one, or if you fall off your horse and it runs off... Well I just want the cars and people to know he's there and slow down in time.I don't usually stay out untill after dark either, not yet, but I've noticed when I drive that even when it's still gfairly light outside, a horse and rider might be hard to detect in time.

Anyway..this is my tack, a vest on me, that blanket and thing on the chestcollar for Crow, and later on I might put something on his noseband too :)

Do you use any reflective stuff and when does it get dark where you are?

Sorry bout the bad picture, it's the only one I have..xD

And my dads vest and Dackes tail-thing :P
I'll fix a breastcollar we have so it'll fit Dacke, and put some leg straps for him too, then he should be ok :)

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-26-2009, 09:08 AM
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I use reflective stuff when riding out on the roads as we have a lot of idiot drivers here so I like to be seen. Its starting to get dark early now and its pitch black by 7.30pm
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post #3 of 9 Old 09-26-2009, 09:14 AM
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i don't ride on the roads that often, and when i do it's always light - but i do like to wear a hi-viz vest if i'm taking a youngster on the road
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-26-2009, 09:23 AM
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One of the most important thing to do and be is Safe on a horse- so if you live in an area that has more cars, than people and you have very limited space to share- it is important to be safe first, I may not like the green or orange, but I love my horses and they will be seen!
Where I live we have alot of open country and so at the beginning of every hunting season me and my horses(the boys) are tacked up with reflective gear. never know about them city slickers that go huntimg once a year personally I dread hunting season because most of the hunters are from some where else and they trash out the country side with beer cans and empty feed sacks of wild game feed-- what kind of hunting is that when you can feed the game for a few weeks than hide around the feeder and blast the hell out of the wild game that comes to feed? sorry about that guess what? its pre hunting season time. so long story short version-- I wear reflective vests during this time-- my horses wear halters with reflective tape during this time. I got carried away their sorry-- main thing is to promote safety for you and your horse- you look marrrrvlious darllling!

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post #5 of 9 Old 09-26-2009, 09:31 AM
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yes, being safe is the main thing - and i love that tail-bandy-thing on your dad's horse !! i want one =[
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post #6 of 9 Old 09-26-2009, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Nice to hear your stories :)
Driving a car around here, I see how much a reflective vest does! And it doesn't even have to be dark... I rarely ride with traffick (crossing roads where anything but regular cars goes, I lead Crow, same if a car with a trailer comes, because he's not too safe with them around yet..he's started to accet tractors and if I lead him I can pass by even huge wood machine thingies and so, so it's ok :) ) but I just want to be seen. And if I would fall off..havn't happened yet, but I'd sure feel better f my horse too had reflective tack... you never know which roads he goes to.. I've given up on hunting season, they shoot everything.. Once I was out with an icelandic, flashing lights plus vest, plus a band around the helmet on me, reflective blanket, leg wraps, halter, flashing red breastcollar on the horse, I met two hunters. One said ''Woh, don't ride here, what if I accidentally shot at you?'' and his friend stared at him blurting out ''If you can't see the differense between a f***ng christmas tree and a deer, you're nt hunting with me anymore!" :P But it is scary how they shot white horses even, with riders and reflective gear...

hollybee; It's a leg wrap/band :P Some of the pack were broken so we use them on other ways (the one on Crows breatcollar is a leg band as well). Just make a small braid on a strand of the tail and pull the strap on the reflective thingie through it, then it won't fall off. :)

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post #7 of 9 Old 09-26-2009, 03:54 PM
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I wear an orange vest during hunting season since I ride a white based horse and there are too many ijits out there that see the white and shoot before determining it's a horse and not a deer. I tend to talk a lot to my horse (loudly) to let the hunters know I'm coming too, in case someone's out in the woods.

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post #8 of 9 Old 09-26-2009, 05:43 PM
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Hi there

I gets dark here at the moment about eight o clock. I ride in a hi viz neon pink rug with a chest piece across the front. Very attractive!
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-26-2009, 06:11 PM
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I have stopped wearing my high vis stuff but then this has reminded me how important it is.
Home High Visibility fluorescent reflective safety wear | V-Bandz
Also, you aren't insured if your horse is hit if you aren't wearing a minimum of 2 refliective/flourescent items I will buy more at HOYS

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