How Do I Break-In a Safety Vest?

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    03-04-2012, 11:39 AM
How Do I Break-In a Safety Vest?

Awhile ago I posted here about safety vests and got some great advice. I've since purchased one but now have a bit of a problem....

I know that the vest needs to be worn quite a few times before it molds to your body. However the problem I'm having is that the vest is somehow causing me to sit different in the saddle and giving me saddlesores. The thing is, I don't feel restricted or that I'm sitting differently/incorrectly. And I was sure to buy a vest that was the correct fit.

So now I don't know what to do because I won't ride without the vest (I have no insurance coverage), but its causing me a significant "Ouchie!"

Has anyone else had this problem? Any suggestions on how I can deal with it? Thank you for your help!
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    03-04-2012, 11:42 AM
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Perhaps wear it while doing non-riding or ouchy causing activities?
You know, like short times of wearing a new pair of hiking boots before setting out on a trail with them.
    03-04-2012, 11:50 AM
I think you mean what I call a body protector don't you?

If so, then even the newest of the new should mould to your body as soon as your body heat has warmed it up - I don't think wearing for longer will impact that.

Is it forcing you to sit in a different way to how you usually do? Is it long enough to be pushing down on the saddle behind you? I'm struggling to see how it is causing you saddle sores unless it is impacting on how you ride - which it fundamentally shouldn't.

What does the shop that sold it to you say about it?
    03-04-2012, 07:00 PM
After a few tries I thought I had it adjusted correctly since the back wasn't bumping the cantle of my saddle. And I felt as if I were stitting like I normally do without the vest on. I would wear it around the house and while drivng my car to the barn. All seemed to be well....

BUT - as I actually ride the saddlesores started.... around my, ahem, front parts. So now I'm bumping against the pommel of my english style cutback saddle. I try to adjust by tilting my pelvis but it still HURTS!!!!!

Please note that my horses are gaited - so I don't post when I ride.

It's a body protector made by SupraFlex. I think I'm going to call them tomorrow because when I bought the vest felt it was correct in both size and fit.

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