Body Protectors, Can We Discuss


Well-Known Member
Mar 15, 2008
I'm just wondering if there has been a change in the length that they should be?

I know there is a 2009 standard out now, and this got me thinking.

Reason is the one i had fitted by a shop 5 years ago is apparently too short based on what friend has just bought, she feels hers is however too long. (different shop btw)

So who wears one? I need to for xc training
Who has noticed a change in fitting?
Has anyone's been the cause of them falling off as hit the cantle?

For those of you who haven't seen this photo, i think a longer body protector would have been my undoing and hit the back of the saddle. I stayed on in the photo, but can't help thinking if i get one that's 2 inches longer i would hve been flung off.
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Flipo's Mum

Heavy owner of a Heavy
Aug 17, 2009
Perthshire, Scotland
I just got mine about a month ago. Prior to that never worn one so don't have the answer about change in length, but girl said I needed to have a two inch gap between the bottom of the bp and the cantle. I have quite a flat cantle so not such a big issue for me but guess it can really depend on the saddle.
I wear mine for everything - everything being in a sand school doing walk and trot. Dare:devil: that I am.


Well-Known Member
Jul 27, 2009
Well, I just bought one today and tried it on in the tack shop sitting on a saddle very similar to mine and the clerk said it was the right length, but can't remember what exactly she said that was supposed to be. Since I don't do anything other than flatwork, I'm pretty sure it will be OK. Wanted it so I would feel more confident about actually leaving the school and going out into the great outdoors (one day).


New Member
Sep 29, 2007
Wonderful Wales
Body protector length can vary according to the saddle. Jumping saddles and event saddles which tend to be used XC as you know tend to have a flatter cantle, hence body protectors for these saddles would be longer. Here is a link to the airowear guidelines I use the Airowear Outlyne (first BP I have ever worn and after first couple of rides forgot it was there)! Shoulder pads are quite important XC and can be added to some BP's.:)


Well-Known Member
Jun 12, 2009
West Mids
I have quite an old type (i think :p) its one of the short types made out of square foam bits. If that makes sense? Ive tried on newer ones with the long stiff backs and I hated it. Its like bieng tied up to a ironing board!


Well-Known Member
Mar 15, 2008
Thanks for that link i will read up on the fitting guides.

I suppose all makes have their own guides, but my Freefom does have a big cantle, i can change the seat to flatter.

I just found the one i've got is now the old stiff ironing board type, has been fab for flatwork and low fences, now getting bigger and i'm feeling i'm not with pony hence photo.

I have quite an old type (i think ) its one of the short types made out of square foam bits. If that makes sense? Ive tried on newer ones with the long stiff backs and I hated it. Its like bieng tied up to a ironing board! "

I have a stiff one then:smug:
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