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hello Lyn. i havent seen professional riders irrespective of disciple apart from polo using knee guards. why do polo players use knee guards? why not jockeys, show jumpers, tent peggers?

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Rohit,

Each discipline has it's unique equipment.  Polo is one sport where there's a lot of contact between the horses and riders.  Soccer has shin guards, football, as played in this country, has a lot of specialize pads.  The other disciplines you mentioned don't have horses and riders crashing into each other at a gallop.  In a sport like jumping they simply wouldn't work because they would interfere with the rider's grip.  

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Lyn Kamer, C.E.S.M.T.

Expertise

Training, alternative therapies, saddle fitting problems, behavioral problems, endurance riding, driving, Mustangs

Experience

Horseman of over 50 yrs., certified equine massage therapist, trainer both riding and driving, long distance trail riding and driving. Both endurance and competitive trail riding and driving.

Organizations
American Endurance Ride Assn., Eastern Competitive Trail Ride Assn., New Jersey Trail Ride Assn., Aromatherapists International, American Mustang and Burro Assn., United States Trotting Assn., Standardbred Pleasure Horse Org., US Wild Horse and Burro Association

Publications
Trail Blazer magazine, AERC Newsletter, Hoofbeats magazine

Education/Credentials
Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, Least Resistance Trainer, Certified Aromatherapist

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