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When it comes to riding in the winter daylight is quite limited and often it still seems quite dark even at 1pm in the afternoon. Since getting back into riding after having my daughter I have been hacking my horses out on the roads and bridleways and to ensure mine and my horse's safety I use quite a lot of high visibility wear on both me and my horse. There are a lot of high viz products on the market now and I have quite a large collection which is certainly not a bad thing when it comes to being seen.
One product I use every time I go out is the adjustable reflective neck band which is made by a company called Equisafety. The companycreate high visibility wear for people (riders and cyclists), horses and dogs. They also create a range specifically for The Household Cavalry.
The adjustable neck band is simply there to be seen. It won't enhance the riding of the horse at all. It is ideal to be put on a horse who carries its neck high which can sometimes block the rider who may be wearing a reflective tabard or jacket and therefore the neck band can be seen.
The neck band simply slips over the horse's head so it rests just above the shoulders and then there is a strap which goes between the horse's front legs and is threaded through the girth. The neck band has to be put on before putting the saddle on and doing up the girth. The neck band can be adjusted by velcro which is on the strap underneath the chest and around the neck so one size fits all. It is easily adjusted just be cautious when adjusting it that it isn't too tight which can cause disruption or too loose which may cause an accident should it get caught on something.
What I like about this product is that it can be easily washed either wiped clean with a damp sponge or you can put it in the washing machine. The high visibility fabric doesn't crack or loose any colour and comes up as good as new. The reflective tapes pass EN1150 standards.
The adjustable reflective neck band fits all of my horses and adjusts incredibly easy which is great as they are all slightly different in height and shape. The fluorescent colour really stands out when the daylight is a bit dark and dim which is just what I want when riding as I have to be seen!
The Equisafety Adjustable Reflective Neck Band is available in one size only (fits from 11.2hh to a 17.2hh) and comes in fluorescent pink, yellow and orange. It can be readily bought online and can be bought for around £12 - £15 which I think is incredibly reasonable for something which is incredibly effective.
Overall, this is a definite must for any rider who regularly hacks out on the roads whether during the morning or evening this really will be seen by on coming traffic. It is an ideal piece of equipment which will hopefully keep you and your horse safe on the roads.