Horse riding body protectors: The best range online!
Horse riding is a noble sport that has existed for centuries. Our relationship with horses has helped us in everything from farming to transportation and we show our appreciation by giving our horses all the care, attention, support and love that we can muster. We put a lot of effort into making sure our horses get the best. From making sure that they get a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of water, to giving them proper supplementation to help them stay strong limber and relaxed to making sure that they’re groomed regularly to promote healthy skin and hair and strengthen the bond between horse and rider, we tirelessly look out for their health interests and safety.
Still, it’s important to protect our own safety when riding, too, which is choosing the right horse riding body protectors is so important. Horse riding and racing are inherently risky. No matter how strong the bond between you and your horse, there’s always a risk of falling, being kicked or being stood on by your horse or another rider’s.
Should You Wear A Body Protector?
As with most types of safety equipment, the debate rages over the efficacy of the horse riding body protector. Those of a certain age will recall the arguments surrounding car seat belts. When the belts were made compulsory, some drivers claimed that they could do more harm than good! The protests have all but disappeared when it comes to seat belts but there are still people who refuse to wear them. As with motorcycle helmets, this resistance probably has more to do with concerns over comfort than safety. The same could be true of those who do not wear body protectors when they ride.
Horse Riding Body Protector
A horse riding body protector is not a get out of jail free card and cannot completely protect you from serious injury. But this safety vest could reduce the seriousness of any injury and will certainly protect you from bumps and bruises. It could also prove to be the difference between a minor knock and a life changing event
Those who dislike wearing a body protector often argue that it restricts their movement and so they are less in control. Many riders also feel that the safety vests are uncomfortable and ruin the look of their outfits. Aesthetics can be important but your spine is probably more of a priority!
How do the Body Protectors Work?
There several types of horse riding body protector that you could consider wearing. Some are air vests which inflate on impact, rather like the air bag in your car. They do require gas canisters which must be recharged after an incident. The inflation times are now lightning-quick. Other vests are foam filled styles which do not require inflation. The latest styles are designed to be comfortable and to complement the body’s contours. They mould to the body and afford excellent freedom of movement.
The body protectors are designed to absorb impacts, to distribute the forces of those impacts and to support the spine. However, it should be noted that they will not protect riders from most cervical spine injuries as these tend to be caused by trauma to the neck. Neither will the protectors prevent many pelvic injuries which are usually the result of forces passed up through the legs.
Not Perfect but Would You Ride Without One?
So horse riding body protectors are far from perfect and they can be a little bulky but why risk injury? These safety vests can and do prevent many injuries. Accidents happen and even the most accomplished equestrians can meet with disaster. The wearing of a body protector is not indicative of a lack of confidence or skill. It is merely a sensible precaution when the unexpected could happen at any time. Life is unpredictable and so are horses. It is always better to be safe than sorry.
You probably wouldn’t consider riding without a riding hat to protect your head so why ride without protecting your body? The next time you fall, you just might wish that you had invested in a safety vest.
Our comprehensive range of body protectors is designed leveraging cutting edge technologies to give you optimum protection in the most comfortable and unobtrusive way possible to make sure you can ride free of distractions.
How do equestrian body protectors work?
Our extensive selection of horse riding body protectors are made from advanced materials which are designed to work with the way your body naturally protects itself from impact and distribute force more evenly to lessen the extent of impact from hooves, rocks, posts and rails etc. They are very strong yet flexible enough not to impede your range of movement when riding or cause distracting abrasion or pinching. They also provide great breathability to prevent riders from feeling sweaty or overheated.
So everyone can enjoy peak performance and peace of mind.
Protection for women
Our range of women’s body protectors are designed to fit women of all shapes and sizes to give them peak protection that doesn’t come at the expense of comfort. They can be adjusted to fit petite, curvy, slender or tall women perfectly and provide both protection and comfort. They can be adjusted to accommodate a range of bust sizes without impinging on back length for total support and coverage.
Protection for men
Our men’s body protectors are designed with a man’s shape and range of movement in mind. They create a tailored shape covering the shoulders with a generous cut across the rib cage. Our body protectors are designed to fit men of all shapes and sizes ensuring that coverage of a broad chest doesn’t come at the expense of back coverage.
Protection for children
We also stock a range of body protectors for young children and teens to ensure that your kids stay safe yet comfortable when riding.
Why we exclusively stock Airowear body protectors?
At Equi Supermarket, we’re proud to stock Airowear products. Since 1985 they have been a world leader in providing effective, innovative body protectors to equestrian sports that offer superior protection while also ensuring comfort and breathability.
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