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post #1 of 13 Old 11-11-2013, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Considering a vest, or am I just paranoid?

Lately it seems like people all around me are having horse related accidents. Not just falls but hospitalizing accidents. A girl at my old stable was on trail with a friend when her horse spooked and bolted. She hit a phone pole and ruptured her aorta among other things. She survived, but barely. A friend at my stable also came off her horse busting several vertebrae and her clavicle. And I know some people on here have had accidents too.

I am almost 43, I have 2 kids and a family. I wear my helmet. I ride dressage and play on trail. My horse isn't spooky and I have only been off of him once, not his fault (stirrup got caught on a gate). My horse does like speed and can occasionally get excited on trail, especially when rider with people who canter, or I let him canter when we are solo.

I am really considering putting the money into a vest. I don't know if it's because I think it will give me more confidence because I won't get AS hurt if I fall, or if I'm just being paranoid after seeing and hearing of some really bad spills this year. I know they won't keep me from getting any injuries, but I'm thinking that if these people had worn one, they wouldn't have had such devastating injuries? I could be wrong, I don't know much about vests.

Am I just being a baby?
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-11-2013, 07:03 PM
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I feel the EXACT same way! I am 41, have two kids and do arena work and trails. I also consider investing in a vest for trail rides and I wonder if I am being silly and/or if they would really help should a fall occur on the trails. Am interested to hear what others have to say
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-11-2013, 07:05 PM
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There's a difference between being paranoid and being prepared. Having a plan in place and taking a few safety precautions goes along way to enjoying your time with your horse. By the way, I actually own a bullrider's vest (like they use in the professional rodeos) to be used on those occasions when the situation would seem to dictate a cautionary approach (eg a green horse on a windy day or a horse that hasn't been ridden for awhile, etc). Go get your vest if you want one.
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-11-2013, 07:09 PM
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Absolutely not you are not being a baby. Our sport of riding animals that way 1500+ pounds. Even the most bombproof type horses or ones that "never" spook or act up. These are animals all horses will spook or run off or just misbehave. When I went to college a riding vest was a must have item on our list of things to purchase for our classes. My theory is you can never be too careful. I'd rather be safe then sorry. I'm a EMT for a living and I've seen my fair share of accidents. If buying a riding vest adds that extra sense of security when you ride then go for it. I would hate to see you give up on a thing you love to do because your afraid something might happen to you. What vests are $90-100ish depends on where you are. But that's pretty cheap if it means protecting you from harm. That's just my little opinion. :)
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-11-2013, 07:12 PM
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Go for it! Across the pond they'e much more common... NA societal mindset... Nonsense! Certainly can't hurt to wear one. I understand Tipperary's model us very comfortable and reasonably priced.
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-11-2013, 07:14 PM
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I ride Dressage and play on the trails too. I wear a vest every ride, regardless of the weather. And a helmet of course.

I don't think there's anything wrong with being cautious!
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-11-2013, 07:25 PM
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I mostly just trail ride and if I'm out with others I usually don't wear one but I do wear one every time I go out alone.

I'm in my 20's and don't have kids, but I still value my spine! :)
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post #8 of 13 Old 11-11-2013, 07:45 PM
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I have thought about the same thing many times. And no.....I dont think ur being a baby. You're being proactive and smart. I dont know about u but the wrecks I've had I never saw coming. Its the bucking episodes or spooks that seemingly come out of nowhere. When im PREPARED to meet my maker things run amazingly smooth!! Lol

Like I said before....I have thought about it many times and I use the motor vehicle analogy. Do I only where my seatbelt when its raining out and then not where it when the sun is shining? That would be silly. If we could predict when we would need protective gear most of us wouldn't wear it 99% of the time.

A trainer in our area is at a level 1 trauma center as we speak with swelling of the brain and multiple helmet. :( Hind sight is ALWAYS 20/20.
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post #9 of 13 Old 11-11-2013, 07:54 PM
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I've been riding for years and wear a helmet almost every ride, but I haven't ever considered wearing a vest. I definitely wouldn't judge you or call you paranoid though! If it'll give you peace of mind then go for it! Like the decision to wear a helmet, unless it's required by your riding location then I think it's a decision completely up to you!

It seems like it's becoming more and more common though. I don't think I even heard of horse riding vests until I already had my own horse, but they're pretty commonplace now. Helmets, on the other hand, have been instilled in me from the day I first started riding and my mother bought me a Troxel Capriole.
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-11-2013, 08:01 PM
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I think a vest is a good idea, I myself am saving to get one after watching 2 friends fall and break their backs on separate occasions, and another that saved her back because of a vest.
In a sport as dangerous as riding I don't think any safety gear would be considered being a baby, your valuing your quality of life and trying to protect that for yourself and the people around you.
I say get the vest if you want a vest
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