Friday, 5 June 2015

I have now been saved twice by this...

 If you haven't the time to see it, it's a kind of horse airbag. It's a thin gilet type jacket which inflates in a tenth of a second as you...er...leave the saddle. It's brilliant. This morning, I landed from a considerable height (the horse had leapt in the air) onto a hard gravel drive, and was protected like Michelin man. Okay, so it hurt, and I'm sore, but otherwise I'm fine. I wouldn't be without this.




    
And the horse? We're not speaking at the moment, so I wouldn't know.

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  1. That's a really amazing piece of equipment, Frances - thank goodness you own one! Hope you haven't too many bruises xx

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    1. Very sore coccyx and a couple of bruises...not too bad, thank you, Teresa!

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  2. Like a life jacket for ex riders. I love that video. What a buffoon.

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    1. PS. It may be worth looking at motorcycle road racers protection. They have air bags and body armour. Now I've stopped laughing at the totally inept stunt man. I wish you a speedy recovery.

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    2. What I really needed, Adrian, was inflatable knickers. I have a very painful a**e).

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  3. I'm so glad it worked Frances, but I would still be worried about my arms and legs. I think Michelin man is a bit better protected, but guess an all over outfit would impede your riding. You are very brave. Stay safe.

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    1. Not brave, Maggie. Stupid, I'm afraid!

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    1. I thought you'd understand, ER. Have you got one? They're miraculous.

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    2. Frances, we hack out once or twice a year. The rest is arena work and the footing is a mixture of sand and chopped up rubber. I am also "blessed" with significant personal padding:)

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  5. What an excellent idea. I'm glad you're all right, Frances. x

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  6. Lady M fell some time back, and (we think) probably cracked a couple of ribs. She didn't bother with doctors. It took about two months to recover, and I think has called an end to her riding days. I quit years ago.

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    1. You can't treat ribs, sadly. Or sore bottoms....

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  7. We are all, at any time, so close to life changing circumstances, that it is very smart of you to wear such a vest...glad it helped.

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    1. Very true, Libby. (I deleted your other commentes as they we all three the same. Hope you don't mind?)

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  8. Crikey...no idea what happened there....technology defeats me sometimes!

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  9. I loved the sales pitch "The x weighs less than two pounds and the y only weighs 34 ounces". A classic case of trying to confound. It is obviously a wonderful product though. The idea of inflatable knockers had me spluttering into my coffee with mirth. Similar underpants for me would have to be very carefully designed.

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    1. Did you mean to say inflatable knockers? Not a bad idea, actually.

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    2. Absolutely not Frances. It wasn't even a Freudian slip. I and O an adjacent and I'm just a bad typist and an even worse checker. It does have its funny side though.

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    3. And 'me' was supposed to read 'men'. Oh dear.

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  10. PS Sorry about your sore bum but so glad you haven't broken yet something else or one of the same things again.

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  11. Seems like a very good idea. Sorry you needed it but glad you had it when you did.

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  12. Not being a "horse person" I have to ask, is this horse just extremely nervous and/or untrained? I know from your blog you are a capable horsewoman and have been riding for years, but I wonder if this is the horse for you??

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    1. So do I, Jill. He's not a bad horse but does these violent and sudden spooks. And it's a long way to fall as he's huge.

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  13. I save myself from equestrian harm by not getting on the horse in the first place.

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    1. I have thought of that, Wendy, but riding is an addiction. Better than smoking...,

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    2. In your case Frances I'm not convinced that it's better than smoking. Have you thought about a Shetland Pony?

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