THE BETA-led campaign to improve safety
standards throughout the equestrian world has reinforced concern voiced over wearing body protectors that are more than 10-years-old.
A survey launched earlier this year,
has met with an excellent response with a number of key findings highlighting the problems that can arise from wearing out
of date body protectors.
From the respondents it was found that
more than 25 per cent were wearing body protectors which had been bought before 1994, all of whom indicated that they were
ill fitting and uncomfortable.
The statistics showed clearly that the
older the body protector, the more likely the riders were to be dissatisfied with the comfort, fit and level of protection
BETA Executive Director and Secretary
Claire Williams said: “We are pleased to have received such a good response to the survey.
“There has been a definite shift
in the market over the last few years with riders recognising the importance of having an up to standard body protector, renewing
every few years, or after a fall, and ensuring they fit well.
“We are also very pleased that
the message on how important it is to have your body protector fitted appears to have reached home with by far the majority
of riders only making their choice after a fitting.”
The survey revealed that just 15% of
respondents failed to have their body protector fitted on purchase but when fitted most were very pleased with the level of
68% said the fitting was very important
and one of the most commonly raised issues by those who found the garment they wore to be uncomfortable was that of the length
of the body protector.
When looking at activities where body
protectors are worn, 36% always wore them when jumping.
Many of the respondents who had been
involved in accidents wearing an up to date garment cited comments from their specialists vouching for the role that the body
protector had played in limiting the severity of the injuries suffered.
From the information gathered the association
will be able to produce statistics and case studies on incidents where body protectors have (and have not) been involved. This is vital in ensuring the continued development of body protectors and will assist
in promoting the use of the garments to the wider riding public.
to complete the questionnaire should log on to the BETA Website