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Testimonial from Tamara Blondin

I honestly didn't know how to start this, my mind is still a little scrambled. The first thing I would like to do is, say thank you.

1.jpgThis is my story, maybe people don't realize it but when we put our vest on, we are saying I am trusting this device to save me, and most the time we never have to have that experience, of that close call. It was never a second thought in my head when I got on a horse that I might be going to the hospital, I suppose that's why riders are considered crazy, or just happily absent minded. On Nov 17th 2018, I was in a riding accident, that impacted my life. Now, what you need to know about me is that I teach and train horses, and 95 % of the horses I ride and train and "issues", they are my puzzles, my mysteries that I like to figure out to create a better horse for a better partnership. I have had my fair share of accidents, broken bones, surgeries, torn this, pulled that, for the most part I have (touch wood) been mild. 

In 2009 or 2010, hit air vest started coming to the fore front of Eventing, the sport I was in, and was recently being brought to Canada, I was going into my first Training Level season, but felt it would be best to have a hit air vest, before I strive out into what is considered a difficult level. I had my share of learning to un-clip before dismounting. I swear that's all I heard whenever I came across the finish line. UN-CLIP!!UN-CLIP!! In later years as I started riding more and more "rehabilitated" animals I felt it more and more necessary to wear my vest. After a while it was like my shield, when I wore my vest, I felt safe, like it didn't matter what they through at me, even if my wicked stick 'em failed I was safe, I was protected.

The Accident that Broke Me:

Nov 17th -  It was my normal Saturday I had one horse to ride and 2 lessons to teach, I headed down to the arena helmet on, slipped into my vest, walked down the hill to the arena, and that is all I remember. 

The horses in question, has issues with resistances to contact while stretching his neck and going forward. This was not my first time on riding him and for the most part I knew his M.O moves. The next is described at the recollection of the owner, as the unfortunate event the unfolded before her, during one of my attempts at asking for the canter, instead of going forward he lifted/tossed his head, while almost halting forward movement, I tipped forward from the halted motion right as he came back with his head, and the connection was lethal, it knocked me out, I went slumped like a sack of potatoes, he did not like nor understand sack of potatoes, and bucked a very lifeless me off, I landed head down and face first, my limp body then bent up over top of my head, like a yoga pose, and crumpled into a ball. 

My air vest deployed, as the horse buck me off, for this I am grateful. The very odd yoga pose was the equivalent of doing a shoulder stand on my face but where I attempt to sit on my head, this maneuver should have broke my neck and back, but thanks to my vest, the damage remained only to my face and head. I was in and out of consciousness, alternating between screaming in pain, apologizing, asking what happened, to out like a light. Paramedics arrived in record time 8 mins, the way I was positioned made it so they could not get at the release clips, unfortunately they had to cut my vest off, along with all my clothes. It took 3 days to wash all the blood that was pouring out from my face from the ring. I have no recall of any of these events or any that followed. I woke or came-to at the Royal Colombian Hospital. 

The statement "thanks to my vest" can't even describe or carry the weight of how much having something like it to save me has. I am able to continue to walk, talk, breath, never mind ride still. I think of the w2.jpghat if's from time to time, what if I had just worn my flat jacket, regular vest, still could've been paralyzed or dead. I am grateful I was being watch over, the owners fast reaction got the emergency care I needed. My face was completely broken, my jaw was broken in 6 places and my nose was crushed, and even though it has been a uphill battle from a major concussion and 2 major surgeries to try to correct my face. It a small price in compared to my life. I still battle a loss of memory, however my second surgery was a major success to repair my nose. My jaw has healed well, the next step is going to be to fit any irregularities in my bit from my jaw. 

My reason for writing this is three fold, the first and foremost is thank who invented this device, who made it come to a reality, who takes the time to promote and sell it, that there is a product made to save us riders, and it does just that. I take my life into my hands when I mount up but I have a piece of equipment that makes that choice, that joy in my life safer. Secondly, If your are out there humming about buying a hit air vest, DO IT! Your life is worth more than a $25 -$35 canister, in my case 2 v3.jpgest cost will never compare in the amount of life I have to live due to ridding with it. Lastly, in 20 years of riding horses, and the last 10 years rehabilitating horses, I have seen my share of hospitals, but you never know when you can be taken out, this accident broke me in the sense that I am having to recover more, deal with pain more, and feel mentally changed. It's your choice to keep on going as much as it is mine, but I am choosing to be smart and wear my vest, so don't make fun, or question why that girl that wears hers all the time, she might have had her close call, or she may just want to live to see another day. You can see from many of the pictures I was getting used to having a broken nose.

 

"I can walk and continue to ride because I was wearing a Hit-Air air vest when my 18.5 hand, six year old Selle Francais gelding spooked, took off for home and inadvertently threw me against a cement fence. The trauma doctors couldn't understand how I took such a severe fall (point of impact was the area of my right kidney) without any broken ribs or even displaced vertebrae! This was the best investment I've ever made in a piece of horse equipment. Everyone who rides should wear these. Thank you very much for sending it to me!!"

Elizabeth de Lavalette
Versailles, France
October, 2011

 

"You saved my life. Literally. I had a catastrophic riding accident two years ago where I fractured my skull, broke my C1 in two places, and broke four thoracic vertebrae. Fortunately, all mended well and I'm 100% again. However; doctors ordered absolutely no more riding as I would not be lucky the next time. Did I listen? No. What I did do is order the Hit Air vest (it's the only way my husband would let me on the horse again). The advanced technology and the clear descriptions made me trust in this equipment...I was literally betting my life on it.

Well yesterday, a stupid armadillo decided to run out and under my horse. You can image the results. Yes, I went off. I was lying on the ground watching my mare take off for home when I realized that not only wasn't I dead, but nothing hurt!! I got up, did an internal check, did a happy dance and took off after the horse. Yes, she's fine too.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Being able to ride keeps me sane. Being able to ride securely keeps my family sane."

Cidney Kent
Clermont, FL
April 2011

 

"I have seen the Hit Air bag work to two different times to save riders from being injured in a fall.

I have clients who want to ride cross country, jumping obstacles. I was watching from my own horse as my student cantered toward a jump in a large 100 acre field. He cantered about 50 yards across the field and turned back toward me to jump a practice fence. My horse turned his head as if to walk; I looked down at him and as i turned his head back--I heard an unfamiliar sound. When I looked up, my client was standing on the ground holding his horses empty bridle and his horse was running across the field bridle-less.

Approaching the jump, his horse propped his front legs causing my client to fly off over the top of his horses head. In that instant I had looked down, the fall had happenedclip-image002.jpg; the air bag had deployed, and my client was standing and unharmed before I realized what happened. I rode to him, he was laughing and saying "It worked, it worked", talking about his vest. The next day we rode together in this hunter pace. He is wearing his vest in the picture.

The second time I saw the vest work, a client was practicing one-rein stops while riding a hot Arab horse. As well as riding English, we integrate other methods. I had other riders in the arena. As I worked with another rider, I head an unfamiliar noise behind me. Another rider said, "ut, oh". I turned my head and saw the Arab's rider on the ground. The horse had stumbled, she tipped forward, lost her balance and fell to the ground over the horses shoulder.

In his attempt to not fall with her, the horse stepped on her as well. She had no injuries or bruising where the vest was, but was later had bad bruising on her inner thigh and imprints of the horses foot. The vest protected her body when she fell, and if she had been stepped on where the vest was, there was no bruising or traces of impact. I am recommending these vest to all my clients".

June, 2010
Christine Amber
Research Consultant
EquestrianTraining.com

 

"I DID THE VIDEO for the hit-air vest, and I was amazed at how well it works. I am a salesman, not a stuntman, and after 3 takes of me falling off of the horse, I was not hurt at all. The vest protected me so well that I was not sore at all, even the next day. When the tether pulled loose from the vest, it instantly inflated and cushioned my fall. It is also very easy to deflate and return to normal size as all you have to do is unscrew the empty CO2 cartridge and snap down the neck and pelvis supports. I highly recommend this vest for anyone that values their safety and wants the best protection against injury available."

May, 2006
Anthony Giacabone
Southeast Account Sales Executive and Classified Sales
Manager & Support for
HorseCity.com

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonial from Tamara Blondin

I honestly didn't know how to start this, my mind is still a little scrambled. The first thing I would like to do is, say thank you.

This is my story, maybe people don't realize it but when we put our vest on, we are saying I am trusting this device to save me, and most the time we never have to have that experience, of that close call. It was never a second thought in my head when I got on a horse that I might be going to the hospital, I suppose that's why riders are considered crazy, or just happily absent minded. On Nov 17th 2018, I was in a riding accident, that impacted my life. Now, what you need to know about me is that I teach and train horses, and 95 % of the horses I ride and train and "issues", they are my puzzles, my mysteries that I like to figure out to create a better horse for a better partnership. I have had my fair share of accidents, broken bones, surgeries, torn this, pulled that, for the most part I have (touch wood) been mild. 

In 2009 or 2010, hit air vest started coming to the fore front of Eventing, the sport I was in, and was recently being brought to Canada, I was going into my first Training Level season, but felt it would be best to have a hit air vest, before I strive out into what is considered a difficult level. I had my share of learning to un-clip before dismounting. I swear that's all I heard whenever I came across the finish line. UN-CLIP!!UN-CLIP!! In later years as I started riding more and more "rehabilitated" animals I felt it more and more necessary to wear my vest. After a while it was like my shield, when I wore my vest, I felt safe, like it didn't matter what they through at me, even if my wicked stick 'em failed I was safe, I was protected.

The Accident that Broke Me:

Nov 17th -  It was my normal Saturday I had one horse to ride and 2 lessons to teach, I headed down to the arena helmet on, slipped into my vest, walked down the hill to the arena, and that is all I remember. 

The horses in question, has issues with resistances to contact while stretching his neck and going forward. This was not my first time on riding him and for the most part I knew his M.O moves. The next is described at the recollection of the owner, as the unfortunate event the unfolded before her, during one of my attempts at asking for the canter, instead of going forward he lifted/tossed his head, while almost halting forward movement, I tipped forward from the halted motion right as he came back with his head, and the connection was lethal, it knocked me out, I went slumped like a sack of potatoes, he did not like nor understand sack of potatoes, and bucked a very lifeless me off, I landed head down and face first, my limp body then bent up over top of my head, like a yoga pose, and crumpled into a ball. 

My air vest deployed, as the horse buck me off, for this I am grateful. The very odd yoga pose was the equivalent of doing a shoulder stand on my face but where I attempt to sit on my head, this maneuver should have broke my neck and back, but thanks to my vest, the damage remained only to my face and head. I was in and out of consciousness, alternating between screaming in pain, apologizing, asking what happened, to out like a light. Paramedics arrived in record time 8 mins, the way I was positioned made it so they could not get at the release clips, unfortunately they had to cut my vest off, along with all my clothes. It took 3 days to wash all the blood that was pouring out from my face from the ring. I have no recall of any of these events or any that followed. I woke or came-to at the Royal Colombian Hospital. 

The statement "thanks to my vest" can't even describe or carry the weight of how much having something like it to save me has. I am able to continue to walk, talk, breath, never mind ride still. I think of the what if's from time to time, what if I had just worn my flat jacket, regular vest, still could've been paralyzed or dead. I am grateful I was being watch over, the owners fast reaction got the emergency care I needed. My face was completely broken, my jaw was broken in 6 places and my nose was crushed, and even though it has been a uphill battle from a major concussion and 2 major surgeries to try to correct my face. It a small price in compared to my life. I still battle a loss of memory, however my second surgery was a major success to repair my nose. My jaw has healed well, the next step is going to be to fit any irregularities in my bit from my jaw. 

My reason for writing this is three fold, the first and foremost is thank who invented this device, who made it come to a reality, who takes the time to promote and sell it, that there is a product made to save us riders, and it does just that. I take my life into my hands when I mount up but I have a piece of equipment that makes that choice, that joy in my life safer. Secondly, If your are out there humming about buying a hit air vest, DO IT! Your life is worth more than a $25 -$35 canister, in my case 2 vest cost will never compare in the amount of life I have to live due to ridding with it. Lastly, in 20 years of riding horses, and the last 10 years rehabilitating horses, I have seen my share of hospitals, but you never know when you can be taken out, this accident broke me in the sense that I am having to recover more, deal with pain more, and feel mentally changed. It's your choice to keep on going as much as it is mine, but I am choosing to be smart and wear my vest, so don't make fun, or question why that girl that wears hers all the time, she might have had her close call, or she may just want to live to see another day. You can see from many of the pictures I was getting used to having a broken nose.