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Horse-riding safety device brings new meaning to the term "tail light"

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It may look showy, but the Tail Lights System is intended to warn motorists of horses in the vicinity
It may look showy, but the Tail Lights System is intended to warn motorists of horses in the vicinity
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It may look showy, but the Tail Lights System is intended to warn motorists of horses in the vicinity
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It may look showy, but the Tail Lights System is intended to warn motorists of horses in the vicinity
The Tail Lights System attaches with a proprietory wrap
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The Tail Lights System attaches with a proprietory wrap
The Tail Lights System set for red
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The Tail Lights System set for red
The Tail Lights System set for green
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The Tail Lights System set for green
The Tail Lights System remote control
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The Tail Lights System remote control
The Tail Lights System set for blue
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The Tail Lights System set for blue
The Tail Lights System has programmable patterns
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The Tail Lights System has programmable patterns
The Tail Lights System is remote controlled
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The Tail Lights System is remote controlled
The Tail Lights System set for purple
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The Tail Lights System set for purple
The Tail Lights System in detail
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The Tail Lights System in detail

It may look like a bit of disco bling for the equestrian set, but the Tail Lights Rider Safety System has a very serious purpose. According to Michigan-based Tail Lights, thousands of horses and riders are injured and killed each year in collisions, so it's come up with an LED lighting safety system for horses.

A more compact version of the previous Tail Lights Pro, the Tail Lights Rider System is based on a very simple concept. It consists of front and tail units with LED lights to warn any approaching motorist that there's a horse on the scene. The front unit, which is diffused so as not to effect the horses' vision, consists of a badge that clips to the breast collar or to the rider when bareback riding. Meanwhile, the tail unit is made of four strands of LED lights streaming down from, not surprisingly, the tail. The tail unit attaches to the base of the tail using a proprietary wrap.

The system is controlled by a handheld remote that allows the rider to turn the lights on and off, set the light pattern, change the colors, or adjust the brightness. The tail unit can be adjusted to various colors, including pink, green, and red.

Tail Lights is currently running a Kickstarter campaign through December 10 to raise US$18,500 for tooling and production. Pledges for the Tail Lights Rider System are available for US$155 and if the campaign works out, the company says its existing production capabilities mean that it can ship in December.

Founder and CEO Sami Gros runs through the system in the following pitch video.

Source: Tail Lights

Tail Lights Rider Safety System

3 comments
worf2
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Electric_Horseman
bergamot69
Interesting- I think it is now the law in the UK that horses carry lights when riding in the dark- although I'm not certain of this. Certainly, those riders I have seen out after dark tend to wear hi-viz vests and use the kind of LED bike lights that attach to clothing. This would be an interesting alternative as long as the light is red.
MD
Would blinkers be advised for the horse? Scenario: Horse swishes tail, seed flashing light out of corner of eye, goes starts, dumps rider, no need for a collision with a car then. It is usually not a good idea to ride on roads after dark (less so without lights, which do exist), even if it is legal.