I was recently looking at body protectors wondering if I should get one. My mom really wants me to have one because at my last show when I was warming up the horse I was riding he refused a jump several times, then he just LEAPED like 2 feet over the x-rail I fell and he was luckily a good horse and got out of the way but my mom still thinks I should have one.
I do a lot of jumping and ride at 2 barns I would only wear it to one due to trainer issues. I have been told by several judges that I have really good equitation and never let the horse get away with what they want to do.
I have been working at one of my old barns recently and the trainer there has some green ponies that I'm getting a chance to work with and do some jumping with, so I see some more falling in my future.
I want to know what you think of them. If I should get one. What are pros and cons, and do they really protect you?