Stay Safe and Stylish in the Saddle: Navigating the New Body Protector Standards

Welcome to the world of horse riding, where safety meets style! In this three-part series, we'll dive deep into the latest changes in body protector standards and what they mean for you, the savvy rider. Aaron Englander, the director of Just Horse Riders, is here to guide us through these changes with expertise and a touch of humor. So, saddle up and let's ride through the world of equestrian safety gear!

What's New in Body Protector Standards?

"Hi everyone, we are talking about body protectors and the recent changes that have come into effect from January 2024," begins Aaron, setting the stage for our safety-centric saga. The equestrian world has seen a significant shift in safety standards - out with the old Beta 2009 standard, and in with the new 2018 standard. Aaron points out, "So the new standard which is now accepted is the, well has always been accepted but is now the minimum, is the 2018 standard." This change isn't just a whim of the equestrian fashion gods but a crucial update for rider safety.

The Evolution of Safety: From 2009 to 2018

Why the change, you ask? Well, as Aaron insightfully notes, "I think getting rid of the 2009 standard will prompt a lot of people to update their safety gear." Think of it like upgrading from a vintage flip phone to the latest smartphone – it's all about advancements in technology and safety. The 2018 standard isn't just newer; it's like the superhero version of its predecessor, offering enhanced protection and peace of mind.

Understanding the Levels of Protection

Body protectors, much like your favorite Netflix series, come in different levels. Aaron explains, "The 2018 standard and the 2009 standard came in three levels, level one, level two, level three." Most riders, including the fashion-forward and safety-conscious ones, opt for level three – the highest level of protection. It's like having a personal bodyguard, but without the bulky presence.

Why Upgrade Your Body Protector?

The world of equestrian sport doesn't just stand still, and neither should your safety gear. Upgrading to the latest standard isn't just about complying with club rules; it's about prioritizing your well-being. Aaron's take on this? "...the more up-to-date and more advanced safety gear you have it's not a bad thing to have especially when you're riding in a sport like horse riding." Imagine riding with the confidence that you're wrapped in the latest and greatest in safety technology – now that's a feeling worth investing in!

How Often Should You Replace Your Body Protector?

Just like you wouldn't wear the same outfit to every party, you shouldn't cling to an old body protector for too long. Aaron recommends, "The body protectors should be replaced every three to five years depending on use." Think of it as a spa day for your safety gear – out with the old, in with the new.

The Science Behind Body Protectors: More Than Just Padding

Ever wondered how a body protector works? It's not just a fancy cushion! Aaron breaks it down for us, "So the idea of body protectors is that if you have an's going to be spread more and and the idea is is that if it's spread more less damage should be done." Think of it like spreading the force of a fall over a larger area, kind of like how a superhero lands – with style and minimal ouch.

The Needle Theory: A Sharp Explanation

Aaron gives us the 'needle theory' to explain the concept. "...if I have a needle on the end of my thumb and I push my thumb into my hand, the needle's going to go right in. But if I remove the needle and use my thumb, it's a larger surface area." Basically, body protectors are your personal buffer zone, spreading the force to prevent it from focusing on one spot. No needles here, just smart, science-backed protection.

Protection Limits: What Body Protectors Can and Can't Do

While body protectors are fantastic, they're not invincibility cloaks. As Aaron points out, "It's not going to protect you from like broken bones like spinal cord injury...but it's meant to spread the energy around." They're like your trusty sidekick in the world of horse riding – helpful, but not a replacement for good riding practices and common sense.

Fitting Your Body Protector: The Goldilocks Principle

Getting the right fit for your body protector is crucial. It's not about looking slim or bulky; it's about safety. Aaron advises, "...make sure that it's fitted correctly because you if you get a body protector that isn't fitting correctly you might as well not have one." It's the Goldilocks principle – not too loose, not too tight, but just right.

Seek Professional Help: No, Not That Kind!

When it comes to fitting, don't DIY. Seek a professional. Aaron suggests going to a "beta or beta-approved fitter" who can ensure that your body protector fits you like a glove – a very safe, protective glove. Remember, a well-fitted protector is like a good friend – always there for you, in just the right way.

The Importance of Regular Check-Ups

Just like your health, your body protector needs regular check-ups. As Aaron reminds us, "...they should be replaced and respected every time you have a fall but really should be replaced every three to five years depending on use." It's about maintaining your gear so it can take care of you when you need it the most.

Wrapping Up Part Two

Choosing the Right Body Protector: Your Safety Armor

Now, let's gallop into the world of selecting the perfect body protector. Aaron reminds us, "Most of the manufacturers that I've seen all manufactured to the level three...which is the highest one you can get." It's like picking the best shield in a medieval armory – you want the strongest and most reliable. Whether you're a weekend trail rider or an aspiring show jumper, the right body protector is a must-have in your equestrian wardrobe.

Level Up Your Riding Gear

Level three body protectors are the gold standard, offering the highest level of protection. But remember, it's not just about the level; it's about how it fits you. A good fit ensures maximum protection and comfort. Explore Just Horse Riders' Jodhpur Collection and Horse Riding Boot Collection for gear that complements your body protector perfectly.

Accessorize for Safety and Style

While safety is paramount, let's not forget style. Complete your riding outfit with items from our Horse Riding Gloves Collection and Horse Riding Socks Collection. And for those who love to pamper their equine partners, check out our Horse Treats And Gifts.

The Importance of Regular Updates and Checks

As Aaron wisely puts it, "...helmets and whatnot need to be replaced with every fall or drop even in some cases." The same goes for body protectors. Regular updates and checks are essential to ensure your gear is in top condition. Don't forget to explore our Everyday Horse Vitamins & Supplements to keep your horse in peak condition too!

Staying Ahead of the Safety Curve

Staying updated with the latest safety standards is not just about compliance; it's about being a responsible rider. As Aaron emphasizes, "'s not a bad thing to have especially when you're riding in a sport like horse riding." Check out our Stable Rugs and Turnout Rugs collections for more top-quality gear that keeps safety and style in the saddle.

Final Thoughts and Thanks

Thank you for joining us on this enlightening journey through the world of body protectors. Remember, safety in horse riding is as important as the ride itself. Aaron Englander and the team at Just Horse Riders are dedicated to keeping you informed and protected. For more insights and updates, be sure to visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok. And if you missed our podcast, catch up with Aaron's expert advice on our YouTube channel. Happy riding, and stay safe!