Not sure how this will turn out. Hoping that it's a good thing for my daughter and mare. She is signed up to go to a week camp that concludes with a HT designated for green horses & riders. Vest is required. Daughter is quite broad shouldered. Which brands should I consider? Would like to keep it economical at this point.
If you have the option, I would suggest trying to borrow one for the first time. I know at my old barn, people were more than willing to let people use their vests to try out. That way your daughter can wear one and see if she likes it.
Check with the organizer of the camp, too -- she may have resources as well. We have one organizer in our area that "rents" vests to those who may have forgotten one or don't have one.
Yes, I agree -- vest the least expensive part of the journey! Don't forget, like helmets, vests are safety items, and altho they do cost -- it's cost is the last thing you'll think about if there's an accident. Even though other horse sports do not require them like eventing, I am seeing more and more use of them even among trailriders, foxhunters, barrel racers, etc. which I think is really smart.
Hahaha. We show in other discipline so well aware of expenses involved. No one in this area has a vest. Daughter is 5'11". Broad shoulder. Full bodied. Wears a 16-18 in a show coat. Know of any business that rents a vest?
NCSue--I have one that she can borrow that might work. Email me at email@example.com for details. I'm currently housesitting in Hillsborough, but work in Durham and will be in Raleigh this weekend at the fair grounds. I won't need it for a few weeks, so it's just sitting and gathering dust. If it fits her, I'd sell it for a very reasonable amount because I've been looking for a reason to "upgrade" to one in my colors.
Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.
Thanks everyone. Clinic and HT shelved for summer. May reschedule this fall which will give me more time to research vests and fit. Shawnee as soon as it cools some I'm sure you'll see my youngest daughter.