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post #1 of 8 Old 04-23-2014, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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safety vests?

What are peoples thoughts on safety vests? I am not talking about the air puff safety vests. Just conventional (relatively inexpensive vests). I am toying with the idea of purchasing one. Right now, where I ride is the woods. I am talking bush wacking and breaking trial. The horse are pretty good for all of this. We have had a recent combination of black bears, moose and white tail deer (the last one worries me the most). Which means my horse could spook and toss me off. In my riding area, I would hit or land on a tree. So, I am thinking a vest might help protect things. I did bruise my sternum a few years ago and it was not fun. I also like my heart and would like to protect it as much as possible. I don't plan to fall off and really my horses are pretty good; however, no one ever plans for an accident.

Do you use vests? Which vest do you recommend?
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-23-2014, 07:20 PM
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I bought and started wearing an Airowear Outlyne after it became apparent that one of my TB's spook/bolt/buck moves was eventually going to unseat me. I wear it every ride now, and have since January. I fell in it about 3 weeks ago and it really helped. All the places I ride outside the arena are also very closed in, so there's no way I'm not going to hit something if I fall off. I decided the vest was significantly cheaper than intake at the ER.

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I brought one because we have to wear one when jumping at college but I don't really wear it, I ride pretty chill horses (though I'm not saying theres not risks, obviously theres risks when riding any horse, I just accept these risks and I ALWAYS wear my hat) so for just working on the flat, I don't think its necessary, mind you I don't wear it when I jump at my riding school, but we have to at college. I guess it would depend on the horse sometimes, if I knew I was going to be riding a younger horse, or a skittish horse I might choose to wear it. I have the Just Togs Adult Maxi Flex Body Protector, its pretty comfy and fairly cheap.
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I find them a bit awkward I do have one I wear occasionally (like getting only greenie in the pouring rain when she hasn't been ridden for a fortnight) but I am seriously considering one of the air ones. A friend hunts in one and it's so comfortable in comparison. However definitely desensitize your horse to the pop if going that route.
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-23-2014, 07:59 PM
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I like the air vests in theory, but I think the vest costs as much as my horse! Last I checked they were in the $800-$1000 range. But yes, my vest will be hot this summer. It's not the bulky or annoying, but definitely hot.

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Those prices are nuts. I've seen point twos around the 600 mark. I've also seen other brands around the 300 mark. Without looking.
300 sounds like heaps but when it's half that for the bulky horrid things (which currently need to be warn under the air vests for fei regs) I'd go the air vest, or a second hand bulky vest until you can't afford the air.
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The point two vests on their website are 400 GBP, but that's over $700 US. Anyway, it doesn't matter. My point was they're WAAAY more expensive than a traditional vest.

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Yeah that price tag of 600 - 900 for a air vest really scares me off that idea. I like the idea and if I was jumping anything I would say it is worth it; however, for just bombing through the woods I am not sure. Which is why I was looking for the "conventional" vests.

I think its a go to the store and try it on before purchase type thing, not a order on line and see what happens.
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