What’s the difference between a slanted safety wall and a curved arena kick wall? See for yourself in this video:

 

A slanted safety wall is angled so as to push the horse away from the wall and protect the rider’s legs. However, because it is wider at the bottom, it is still very easy for the horse to misstep and make contact with the wall himself.

The curved kick wall offers superior protection for both rider and horse. The European design not only protects the rider’s legs but is also designed to prevent the direct impact from a kick or strike out by a horse. Its beautiful aesthetic doesn’t hurt, either!