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Horse insurance customers to be safer wearing air jackets?

Horse insurance customers concerned about getting injured when they fall off their steeds might consider purchasing an inflating air jacket, it has been suggested.

Writing for the Daily Mail, Sebastian O’Kelly described them as an “excellent invention”.

The devices are similar to those worn by people on motorbikes and inflate in one tenth of a second when a rider falls off their beast.

Oliver Townend is a famous exponent of the jackets, claiming one saved his life in April last year when his horse tripped on a jump, somersaulted and landed on the jockey’s head and chest.

“I would not be here now without the air jacket … It is a massive step forward in the safety of our sport,” he claimed.

The British Horse Society advises riders to wear hi-visibility clothing so they can be spotted if on the roads, as well as helmets, a body protector and suitable boots.

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