For the purpose of safety, panic buckles are used in tightening. These fasteners loosen by pulling on a little pallet, even when under great tension. I recommend panic buckles on the leads anyway. Basically, there are panic buckles for everything, including pant straps and back straps, but that is more for ease of use. However, panic buckles on the belts are possibly useful to be able to unhook quickly if something happens to your singles. Still, that is more luxury than necessity. Panic buckles at the leads are necessary. As a driver you cannot reach them when your horse is upset.
The Ideal and Zilco brands we carry have an extra quick-release buckle at the breast on a number of models, so that you can also loosen the leads on the side of the horse. This may be desirable if, for example, the horse has fallen or is very beat up and you don't dare loosen the leads behind the legs.
Men's body protector
Special body protectors are approved for equestrian sports. Note that these protectors have the EN standards. Within those certified bodyprotectors, you have special men's bodyprotectors. These are a bit shorter in the back. When you sit in the seat on the bucking pad, you don't want to get caught in the pad with the tail part of the bodyprotector. Otherwise the protector will be pushed up and you will be sitting with the edge of the body protector in your neck. Therefore, not all equestrian bodyprotectors are suitable for the horseman.
Standards body protector
Within the standards of the bodyprotector you have three levels. Level 1 is only a back protector, level 2 a back and chest protector and level 3 is a protector all around, then your side is also protected. I sell all three models. The question here is also whether you want the bodyprotector model with an eye on maximum safety or whether you only want to meet the requirements of the KNHS, which makes the use mandatory in the marathon. For the latter, you can already get by with a minimal back protector at level 1. Keep in mind that different standards may apply abroad.
The same applies to the cap as to the body protector. You must have the standardized helmets for equestrian sports. There are very nice bicycle helmets, which would not be out of place in riding, but you should not use them, since they are not certified for equestrian sports. Especially for insurance purposes, it is important to keep this in mind.
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