Abstract: Body protectors, particularly an articulated shock absorbing vest for use in the equestrian sports. The vest is characterized by its capability of absorbing traumatic impact and crush, while not interferring with movement of the equestrian rider's torso and arms. The vest includes a back panel and two adjoining side panels conformed to fit the human torso. Each panel includes a plurality of shock absorbing cellular foam ribs independently and movably supported in skeletal array. A protective spinal sheath is supported upon the back panel.
Abstract: Equestrian saddle pads, especially adapted for energy or impact absorption, so as to save the horse. The saddle pad is characterized by a pair of side flaps hinged along a common axially extending top edge alignable with the vertabra of a horse such that each side flap extends over the top sides of the horse. An inner pocket is conformed in each side flap so as to contain an impact absorbing foam core. The foam core includes a center of open cell foam, enclosed by inner and outer layers of closed cell foam. The open cell center provides an impact absorbing air system. The inner and outer layers of closed cell foam contribute to energy absorption and, also, enable the pad to mold to each horse's individual conformation, thereby eliminating pressure points that cause soreness.