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Posted 2/3/2010 10:46:46 AM


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This week we have a featured reader question on finding a safety vest for eventing.

http://www.horsechannel.com/horse-experts/english-horse-training/best-eventing-vest.aspx

A good safety vest for riding is a pretty big investment. Does anyone have any advice on shopping for one? Anything you know now that you wish you'd known before you bought your vest?



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Buying something ASTM certified is the only advice I can offer in the safety department; but more than that, comfort. It doesn't matter how sturdy and safe a vest is-- if it isn't comfortable, you aren't going to wear it. Think about bending down to tighten your girth or adjust your stirrups from the saddle, mounting and dismounting, not just what you do within the saddle. When I assist students in buying a safety vest, I have them do everything short of cartwheeling-- it has to be comfortable, not pinching or poking in your armpits, stomach or back. This is also why I would recommend driving to a tack store before ordering one offline, even if you have the measurements: especially if it is your first one, you never know how a vest will fit your body...bringing along an experienced horse person (provided one isn't working in the shop) is also a must. If it doesn't fit you right, it won't keep you safe--and that defeats the entire purpose. And remember, there's no replacement for ribs or organs-- if the vest costing 30 dollars more is substantially more comfortable, go with it. This is an investment in your health and future.
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