A horse riding body protector is a piece of protective gear worn by equestrians, especially those participating in jumping or cross-country events, to protect the torso and vital organs from impact. They are worn to decrease the risk of injuries in case of a fall or accident. They are designed to absorb and distribute the force of an impact, reducing the risk of injury to the rider. They are made of materials such as foam or plastic and are typically worn over the rider's clothing. Horse riding body protectors are usually tested and certified to meet safety standards such as EN or ASTM, which are set by national and international equestrian organizations.