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post #1 of 8 Old 01-02-2020, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Safety Vest for Older Rider?

Hi. I'm a new member; an over-60 man re-entering riding after many years and back to equitation basics. I had a fall two weeks ago when my horse spooked. I landed flat on my back. It wasn't serious but I don't bounce as well as 20 years ago and the fall has me considering getting an air vest; seems like cheap insurance, but I see no recent posts on the subject and would appreciate comments on their effectiveness in common, less than dramatic falls, and foam vs. air. I'd love to find an evaluation comparison of the various styles and brands.

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I spoke with an instructor that uses hit air vests when riding eventing (where the things you have to jump over don't break when your horse hits them.) She fell off wearing her hit air vest and she told me it protected her neck and body very good. Especially her neck by immobilizing and adding a lot of cushioning.
You can also wear a level 3 protector combined with a hit air vest for even more protection.I have a Komperdell (very soft) bodyprotector, level 3. Happy with it. :)


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post #4 of 8 Old 01-02-2020, 03:03 PM
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Yes, they are awesome! I have 2 HIT air vests... had the "opportunity" to use one and it protected my neck and spine.
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-03-2020, 01:09 PM
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Let us know what you get and how you like it. I, too, am a senior rider and have considered a vest.

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post #6 of 8 Old 01-04-2020, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, they are awesome! I have 2 HIT air vests... had the "opportunity" to use one and it protected my neck and spine.
Did you have any rib injury from the Hit-Air that has two narrow tubes for the back?
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-30-2020, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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To close this thread out, I decided that a foam vest would be adequate for now, and now have a Charles Owen JL9 vest. It's a bit constraining, but not overly so. I was concerned whether an adult Large would fit me with 5'11, 42" chest, 34" waist, but it does.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-30-2020, 08:19 PM
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Glad you found something that works.

Some horse people change their horse, they change their tack and discipline, they change their instructor; they never change themselves.
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