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Equestrian Safety Blog

  • Fitting An Equestrian Air Vest for Children

    With the adoption of air vests and body protectors gaining traction in the hunter, jumper, equitation, and dressage disciplines, we are also seeing a market increase in the demand for this equipment from parents for their children.
  • How Tight Should My Air Vest Be?

    EQUESTRIAN AIR VEST FIT IS EVERYTHING. As with helmets, an air vest, or any other safety equipment for that matter, is not as effective when it is not fitted properly. It's why getting fitted by an expert is so important, and even better if it's someone that doesn't have an agenda to push one brand over another (think independent saddle fitter).
  • How Is Your Horseback Riding Helmet Constructed?

    It's no exaggeration to say that your riding helmet can literally save your life. It's designed to protect against traumatic brain injury (TBI) and even death. But have you ever thought about how your helmet is actually constructed and what purpose each part serves?
  • Riding Helmet Safety Standards

    Did you know that your riding helmet must meet a minimum safety standard to compete at a USEF show? Do you know what the different safety standards are and what they mean?

    Your helmet protects one of the most important parts of your body, so it's important to understand what it's certified to do so that when you're shopping, you're getting the most protection possible.

  • What is Mips?

    Helmets have come a long way both in terms of design and the safety they provide. With each passing year, there's new and better technology and updated safety standards. Any equestrian helmet purchased should include Mips technology.
  • Should I Wear My Equestrian Air Vest Over or Under My Show Coat?

    Air vest look and design has come a long way. These days, there are multiple options for sleek, low profile fits as well as air vest compatible clothing that you can wear over your equestrian air vest to make your vest nearly invisible. So, should you wear your air vest over or under your show coat?
  • PBIEC Education Series - Protecting Your Physical, Financial, and Mental Well Being in the Saddle

    Ride EquiSafe founder Catherine Winter is joined by Irish Olympian Kevin Babington and Geoff Wight of Athletes Risk Management to discuss how to protection your physical, financial, and mental well-being in the saddle.
  • The Jay Duke Show on Horse Network - Discussing the Potential of Safety Vests

  • Questions to Ask Your Retailer When Buying an Equestrian Air Vest

    When it comes to safety equipment, a retailer's job is not just to sell you something, but to educate you as well. But you don't know what you don't know in terms of what questions to ask. This is the information your retailer should be sharing, and the questions you should be asking.
  • Premature Inflation - Air Vest, That Is

    It's everyone's greatest fear: what if my air vest goes off when it's not supposed to? While it does happen, it's a fairly rare occurrence. Air vests don't just magically go off. There's a reason that they do. Let's examine some of them.
  • Safety Stirrup Overview

    Peacock safety stirrups still exist, but now, there are a whole host of options for safety stirrups that will have you fooled because they look almost like regular stirrups. Due to this evolution, you're now seeing them in every discipline and every ring. Safety stirrups aren't just for kids anymore!
  • Will Judges Count Off If I'm Using Safety Equipment

    Many people are concerned that judges will mark down for visible protective equipment. However, in the conversations that we've had with big R judges, that simply hasn't been the case. Hear what they're saying and who's role modeling the trend both in the ring and in the judges booth.