Protective vest questions...
I ride alone and mostly on high spook potential, narrow, no room for error ditch bank trails. I have to ride down a loud, active road to get to the ditch banks with charging pitbulls running the fence line, sheep, sprinklers, pinwheels! (seriously, a front yard full of them) and some abandoned buildings.
My ArabPaint cross is young and spooky and very reactive. I usually use my western saddle on the trail and while I was always a 'wind in your hair' kinda rider, I now wear my helmet, boots, half chaps, breeches and carry a charged cellphone.
Do you wear protective vests on the trail?
How much do they help if you fall?
Which brands/styles are the best protection with least interfence with our ride?
If you have bought one, how often do you really wear it?
(I am looking at the tipperary sportage)
Feedback please and thanks in advance!