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?