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post #11 of 15 Old 06-24-2019, 09:07 AM
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I don't know of to much that is going to "protect" your heart from a compression injury so small in distribution of force with weight of a animal somersaulting its combined weight plus force at one impact point.
That is incredible force...
Think of a car...today seat-belt with shoulder harness and combined airbag deployment has saved more lives and reduced injury because the force field was widened over the body taking the hit.
I kind of think of the vest still having limitations no matter how good it is with extreme conditions present.


I don't own a vest, but it is something I've been thinking about getting especially as I get older since not bouncing but thudding when I take flight...
I trail-ride also and often alone lately...

My question is...
No matter what brand/style I look at all seem to be "short" in the front and not offer much coverage past the rib-cage bottom.
Does one vest over another offer more protection to this region of the body where internal organs really, really needs some serious protection?
Anyone try or have the bull-riders vest and if so is that vests coverage of the thoracic area better?
I also see a neck support on many of those bull-rider vests no "English" style seems to offer...
Hints and opinion please.
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My question is...
No matter what brand/style I look at all seem to be "short" in the front and not offer much coverage past the rib-cage bottom.
Does one vest over another offer more protection to this region of the body where internal organs really, really needs some serious protection?
Anyone try or have the bull-riders vest and if so is that vests coverage of the thoracic area better?
I also see a neck support on many of those bull-rider vests no "English" style seems to offer...
Hints and opinion please.
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From what I can tell the main thing they are meant to protect are your ribs and spine. They keep your ribs from breaking and jamming into your internal organs, reduced chance for your lungs being punctured. Most of the fitting guides I saw suggest they cover to your last rib, but not necessarily your floating ribs, and that they cover down your back as far as your tailbone goes, or so that you have reasonable clearance from the cantle.

So in effect they are designed to protect your internal organs not from impact, but from puncture from your ribs.

When you get into the air vests you will start to see ones that cover the areas the foam vests miss. The ones I've seen will cover your abdomen area, and also have a neck collar that inflates so you are really covered all over except for your limbs.
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post #13 of 15 Old 06-26-2019, 01:42 PM
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This is the one my child uses. It is Tipperary and is certified. https://www.doversaddlery.com/tipper...ro/p/X1-40788/


Price point seems to indicate certification. When we were looking $350 was the lowest price I found for certification.
I looked at this one at Dover. I went with another option mainly because of the bungee weave and stopper were hard, and there was no padding right on that area. I felt that would be unpleasant to land on. Can you share your experiences with it?


Unrelated to the quote and comments, but I found this helpful when I was searching for mine as it was a pretty thorough review of the options.
https://www.equisearch.com/HorseJour...rotector-25128
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Here's some falls where the horse is landing on the person and while they are not able to get up and walk away it's amazing they survived with as little injury as they have.

Broken ribs

Head injury, cleared to ride next day

There's another I'm looking for with a grey gelding. Tumbles over the rider and the rider gets up and walks away.
Found it.

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I've only worn it a couple of times but have found no restriction. I typically don't jump. My child wears it year round. His only complaint has been when riding during the heat of the summer but it isn't unbearable. The sides he ties and doesn't use the cord stopper.
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