How An Equestrian Safety Vest Works
If you are an eventer, safety vests are mandatory equipment however, they are not required Hunter Jumpers. We recommend safety vests for schooling especially for children and adult amateur riders. As our sport becomes more safety conscious, wearing safety vests when competing is becoming acceptable. The newest safety vest is the air vest. They attach to your saddle and when you fall a cartridge releases and the bag fills with air. They help protect your organs, spin, and ribs in the case of a fall. Fit is important for safety vests and you should have it fitted by a professional. Prices for safety vests start at approximately $500.00. A good quality safety vest should last at least 3-5 years. We recommend the Horse Pilot Vest because of comfort and body coverage. You can also purchase Show coats that are made specifically to fit over your safety air vest.