Protective riding vests
I have 3 Tipperary vests for myself and my husband and anyone who rides our horses. I thought that they would be protective, but I have not fallen off a horse in years, so they were not really "tested".
This July, I had a mild fall after my horse shied. I was riding too relaxed with a long loose rein. I had my Tipperary vest and helmet on and fell on my side with my arms crossed across my chest. I broke 7 ribs and a collar bone. One rib pieced my lung.
The horse stopped as soon as I fell off, nickered and came to me and did not run away when the EMT and ambulance came.
I will not be able to ride again until September, but I have bought an Airowear Beta 3 rated vest to use instead of the Tipperary, with the hope that it will give better protection.