I have ridden horses as long as I can remember. As a child I knew no danger, and was somewhat of a dare devil. Horses were a large part of my life and my best friends As I have gotten older it has become painfully clear that I am no longer that youthful daredevil I once was. My aches and pains have made me slower to mount, and dismount my horses gracefully. I am also more aware of the "what ifs" . What if my horse stumbles, spooks, rears, gets stung, etc. It has made me think more about my safety. As a nurse, I am a strong advocate of riding helmets. I have heard horror stories of people who have fallen off their horse and received traumatic brain injuries, who might have been spared had they just worn a helmet. I've heard all kinds of excuses . "I don't like the way it messes my hair up.", "Its too hot".," I don't look good in a helmet", Well, I can tell you a concussion messes up your hair, and a halo and shaved head isn't a good look either. Some people only wear their helmet when they trail ride. Unfortunately, a lot of accidents happen at home and when you least expect it.
I was riding my mare at home a few months ago as I have done many times before without incident, when she decided she wanted me off her back. Thankfully, I had my helmet on because I really got a jolt. I landed on my back and tailbone, and hit my head on the ground. I am sure I would have been hurt if I hadn't had my helmet on. That fall got me thinking about my overall safety and how to further reduce the risk of injury while riding.. I have talked to many women who have stopped riding because of fear of injury. I didn't want that to be me. So I started researching safety vests and talked to women who have used them.. I was encouraged by what I heard. After comparing the air vests on the market now, I chose Hit-Air vests because of the design and the research that went into their design. They are lightweight and non-restrictive. Although, no vest can protect you from every incident, Hit Air Vests can significantly reduce your risk of being injured in a fall from your horse.. Gary and I stress safety in our clinics so we decided to offer Hit-Air Vests on this site and at our clinics.We want every rider to be safe and ride their horses without fear. Ruth Lane