Hi-Viz Clothing For Horse Riders
When riding out it's very important that you and your horse wear hi-viz. Many riders mistakenly think that they only need to wear it when it’s dark and dingy or foggy weather which is usually in the autumn and winter. However, it's just as important to wear it in spring and summer as often the sun obscures a driver's view. This means that it should be worn all year round. Equally it should be worn by all riders regardless of ability. Wearing it will give the horse, rider and motorist the greatest chance of preventing an accident.
Did you know?
According to research, if a driver sees hi-viz on you or your horse, it gives him an extra 3 seconds reaction time. This means that if he’s travelling at 30mph, he’s got an extra stopping distance of 40m which is the size of a full length dressage arena. For a driver, this could be the difference between hitting you and your horse or passing safely.
Why Orange (and Pink) are the new Yellow...
The latest thinking shows that the best colour is no longer good, old fashioned yellow. This is because during the rape season it's not actually possible to see a rider against a field of rape. So pink and orange are becoming more popular for this simple reason.
When the 'Polite' range of hi-viz was launched, there was some debate about whether riders wearing it were deliberately trying to impersonate mounted policemen. This seems now to have run its course and riders continue today to wear it and love it in spite of the controversy.
Your hi-viz equestrian wardrobe
A lot of us wear dark colours around horses as they’re great for not showing the dirt! However they’re not so great for riding out. Hi-viz clothing needs to be an integral part of your wardrobe! There’s a great selection of Hi-Viz, starting with jackets for all weather conditions.
If you do a lot of riding out you’ll benefit from investing in a hi-viz jacket such as the Charlotte Dujardin Mercury Jacket. This jacket is made of technically advanced stretch fabric that glows in the day or the night to ensure maximum visibility. It’s waterproof and comes in pink and orange.
If you want a jacket with a more classic look the HyVIZ Waterproof Riding Jacket is a great alternative for a good price. It is fluorescent with reflective strips for safety but is also machine washable and suitable for use all year round.
Another alternative is the Equisafety Lightweight Performance Jacket. It is made with a waterproof, breathable mesh which is ideal for the summer months. It is also suitable for those tougher riders that don’t feel the cold or prefer to layer in the winter.
If you prefer gilets over jackets, consider the Equisafety Quilted Waistcoat. A hi-viz gilet will offer a fitted, more elegant look but is still insulated to keep you warm in those colder months. This gilet comes in three colours: yellow, pink or orange.
If you feel a jacket is a bit too much hi-viz, there’s a decent range of tabards and vests available. Roma offer a really affordable safety vest which is ideal if you need to watch the pennies. It has reflective stripes and ‘Caution Horse & Rider’ on the back so you’re sure not to be missed!
Another option is the HyVIZ Waistcoat. It has the classic 'Please Pass Wide & Slow' message on the back and can be worn over your outfit whether you're wearing a coat or t-shirt.
And how about something for your hat? This is an extremely affordable bit of hi-viz and you’ll be seen above the hedge line when you’re hacking out on many of the country lanes. Take a look at Shires Equi-Flector Hat Band.
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