Kaley Cuoco is trying to spread awareness on some new horse riding technology that is sure to prevent some major injuries from those who get thrown from the saddle. The “Big Bang Theory” star took to social media on Friday afternoon and shared a new riding accessory that she will never leave the barn without — an airbag safety vest. Cuoco took some time to explain what the heck she was wearing and why she feels the vest should be a must-have for anybody riding a horse.
Kaley Cuoco teamed up with an equestrian outfitting store to address her fans from a horse competition she’s been at with husband, Karl Cook. The actress said she hasn’t been in a competition in a very long time, and felt extremely “rusty” to return to the show world.
“Every jump felt like the Olympics … it’s been rough,” Cuoco explained.
Following her tough return, the star revealed she fell from her horse last week on day 1 of the competition, and although she wasn’t injured, it was recommended that she look into a safety vest.
Cuoco wanted to stress that she wasn’t being paid to hawk the safety vests, and revealed the Horse Pilot Airbag Vest, which she showed off to fans. The technology is simple enough, an airbag is hidden inside the vest and deployed through a leash that attaches to the saddle. If the rider falls from the horse, the airbag inflates and provides a comfy landing.
The star stressed that she was not being paid to show off the vests, but feels they should be a necessity for any rider. Cuoco also revealed she has deployed the vest since wearing it, and it worked perfectly.
“It’s comfy and it makes me feel safe. I experienced the airbag a few days ago! It barely made a sound and was already deflating by the time I left the ring.”
Cuoco didn’t reveal any footage of the fall, as she’s done in the past, but she felt confident enough to put her stamp of approval on the vest after experiencing it first hand.
Although the vests could be lifesaving, they are not cheap, with a complete system costing upwards of $1,000. Hopefully, the expensive price tag won’t keep other riders away from getting the same level of safety as those who can afford it.