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post #1 of 6 Old 11-22-2013, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Tail-Lights....for HORSES!

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-22-2013, 07:42 AM
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I ride in our equestrian subdivision which is heavily wooded with live oak's (even along the roadway and they tend to form canopies), so in full sun I wear a safety vest for visibility.

... I didn't do this 'til I came upon a friend on her dark horse and even though she was wearing a white top I really didn't pick her up until I was almost on top of her. It shook me a bit since I was driving my car and was going less than 30 MPH. Her daughter was riding on the inside of her closer to the trees and I didn't see her at all as she was on her black pony and she rides in a protective vest and helmet that are black.

I think this 'tail light' idea is a good one.
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I want it just to have more purple...
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-22-2013, 08:43 AM
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A much cheaper option is a set of Hi-Viz reflective bands. You can get some that wrap around the horses legs and tail, plus of course the Hi Viz reflective rider.

Much cheaper than these, and more reliable because no battery required.

I used to live, ride and drive around the unlit lanes in the UK and can vouch for the amazing difference that hi viz makes to the early visibility and safety of horse and ride.

Edited - I have just realised that that was a crowd-funding thing rather than a sales ad. I stand by what I said though, I think Hi Viz works. Sadly, it sounds as though this lady was hit despite wearing hi viz and we cannot know whether this was driver ineptitude or insufficient hi viz. Probably the former.
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These are lights though and work for a much greater distance. It's very possible to be close to someone wearing high vis at night and still not see them. You migjt catch glimpses but it may not be enough to tet someone to slow down (I once thought the reflective flicker i saw was deer eyeballs but it was a biker walking a busted bike and the reflectors were only ofcasionally hitting the light). The tail lights are also more in line of sight with the drivers eye.

I already have a light up breastplate.
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-22-2013, 09:05 AM
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Our road crews switched to the greenish yellow with reflective bands - way more noticeable than the standard orange with bands. A hunter was on my place and altho all I could see was his orange cap as he walked on the other side of a ride, it was easily seen from 300 yards.
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