Should I get a body protector? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 10 Old 04-24-2011, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 17
• Horses: 0
Should I get a body protector?

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?
PaintCrazed is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 10 Old 04-25-2011, 03:46 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 21
• Horses: 1
If i was you i would get one, But it depends on what the horses that your riding act like.
Toffee is offline  
post #3 of 10 Old 04-25-2011, 08:48 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Ohio
Posts: 17
• Horses: 0
I ride a lot of differnt horses at my one barn from green horses and ones that haven't been ridden through the winter to horses that are so slow they barley move for anything. Last week I rode a welsh pony & draft cross that just dead galloped because he hadn't been worked properly in a loooong time then I jumped on a slow poke 11yr old QH who didn't move lol!! At my other barn it is usally the same horse over and over so I have no reason to wear it there because we usally don't do much but some troting and a bit of jumping.

I ride a wide variety of horses and my mom will buy me the body protector IF I wear it, so I'm wondering if she should get it, and the pros and cons of them, and if they really do protect you.
PaintCrazed is offline  
post #4 of 10 Old 04-25-2011, 08:58 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: In a land far far away, or so I wish.
Posts: 12,825
• Horses: 0
If you are thinking it might possibly be a good idea I vote it is something you should get.
I doubt you will ever regret wearing it when you did not need it. You might regret not wearing it if you do need it.
Alwaysbehind is offline  
post #5 of 10 Old 04-25-2011, 09:10 AM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 21
• Horses: 1
Yeahh I would say get one and wear it when you ride the crazy horses. The only con i can realy think Of right now os that if you get one too big it might get in the way or if its realy hard ans wont move then its kinda hard to move. And pros are pretty much is like all the ovious stuff like Protection and such.

Hope my comments helped :) any more questions ?
Toffee is offline  
post #6 of 10 Old 04-25-2011, 05:05 PM
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 810
• Horses: 0
The only con to using a body protector is that they can sometimes be restrictive, although it's my understanding that if you go for a Tipperary instead of a Charles Owen or some of the other cheaper brands you won't have that problem. I would try on a few brands if you could and see what fits you the best. Some tack shops will even let you use one for a few days and return it, just to see how it feels in the real world as opposed to trying it on at the store. :)
jinxremoving is offline  
post #7 of 10 Old 05-08-2011, 03:39 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 128
• Horses: 1
I had started jumping before i was ready... like way too soon.... and then at a show I fell and was uninjured, fell a few more times, and here I am today, a long time after. I have never been injured by falling, but a person I rode with has broken her arm, so I think it's kind of iffy. I'd try to find a good deal on Ebay, and then resell it if you don't need it.... I hope this helps!

"A Bad Day Riding With Dad beats a Good Day Shopping With Mom."
monkeyleap is offline  
post #8 of 10 Old 05-10-2011, 12:48 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: wisconsin
Posts: 5,695
• Horses: 3
if you are going to get a vest DO NOT get a tipperary ! all but one of their vest [i believe] are NOT approved, you might as well not wear a vest. i really like my rodney powell, they are about $200 [US] i had a flex rider i really liked as well. some people think vest are uncomfortable but you just have to get used to how they feel and get one that fits you well =]

Gypsy & Scout <3
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein
gypsygirl is offline  
post #9 of 10 Old 05-10-2011, 09:59 PM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: victoria australia
Posts: 2,126
• Horses: 3
vests are a must!!

my vest is as important as a helmet to me, you will see every single pic i post here i will be riding with a vest and helmet!!

the only time i do not use a vest is at a show where i am just walking, trotting and maybe cantering.

Live fast, have fun and be a bit mischievous! -Louis Tomlinson
Marlea Warlea is offline  
post #10 of 10 Old 05-11-2011, 11:57 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
I'd get one personally. And I agree - don't get Tipperary, look for the certified one (the best one I tried so far (and seriously considering if I get into jumping) is Dover Saddlery | Airowear Outlyne Flexible Vest . ).

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
kitten_Val is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Woof body protector kitten_Val English Riding 24 05-14-2011 12:02 PM
Body Protector Gem97 English Riding 3 02-07-2011 07:13 PM
Body Protector Rule? Stella English Riding 22 11-10-2010 11:57 AM
Body Protector? NordicJuniper Eventing 25 07-21-2010 04:28 PM
Body and shoulder protector suejane50 UK Tack 0 04-12-2010 03:09 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome