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Air jacket is a life saver – Laura Collett

July 27th, 2013
Air Jacket could be a life saver

Air Jacket could be a life saver

t does not matter how experienced you are as a rider, taking all the necessary precautions when riding could be crucial should a riding accident occur. Though air jacket is relatively new to riding, the hi-tech safety item is already making a difference to riders’ lives. One good case in point is the accident that happened to Laura Collett.
Ms Collett, 23, event rider, said she owes her life to a air jacket after a heavy fall which left her with spine, shoulder and rib fractures. She was in a coma for six days. She is now back on her feet and want to resume riding in the hope of represent Team GB at the 2016 Olympics.
“Paramedics said the air jacket I was wearing [works on the same principles as a car air bag] probably saved my life” Laura Collett told BBC.
“Any horse falling on you is a pretty serious thing. To come away with hopefully no serious injuries is pretty lucky really. The horse was a bit stiff but she’s fine apart from that. I’ve been up to the yard and seen all the horses,” she added.
“There’s nothing really that can’t be fixed. I’ve got a few fractures, but they are all on the mend. Hopefully, it won’t be too long. The plan is to get back to normal, and get back to eventing as soon as I can.”

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