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        05-30-2013, 01:44 PM
    I do not like breast plates with elastic! Have seen them break while the horse was jumping before and its n ot a pretty sight!
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        05-30-2013, 01:50 PM
    Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
    I do not like breast plates with elastic! Have seen them break while the horse was jumping before and its n ot a pretty sight!
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    Oh crazy! Like the actual elastic broke or which part?

    I've never seen an elastic one break in my own experience, I have been eventing for quite awhile and they are heavily favored by eventers. I *have* personally seen a few situations where the all leather ones have broken while in use, since they have no give. I think it goes without saying that whichever one you choose, it should be checked regularly for wear and kept clean and in good repair at all times.
        05-30-2013, 03:51 PM
    Yep the elastic just snapped ! One of the times was hunting, not eventing, but it was in the first hour of the hunt !

    Very very bad, the horses were super freaked. In the hunting case, the breastplate was practically new, so its not like it was old and not taken care of.
        06-08-2013, 01:58 AM
    I have a leather three point breast plate with the strap over the wither!
    I have the bit over her wither as my 'oh s**t' strap as cross country can get exciting. Haha.
        06-13-2013, 02:47 PM
    I love 5 point breastplates! I don't have experience with a 2 or 3 point one. If you need a recommendation, get the HDR 5 point breastplate off Ebay (seller: equestrianoutlet, she's fantastic!). 5-points can get super expensive, but the HDR is only $84.95 and the leather is actually nice.
        06-13-2013, 03:51 PM
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    I have a three-point and like it well enough. I wish I had a five-point, just for the nice fleecy joints. I'm sometimes worried it may rub my horse's shoulders, but I don't use it enough (only on really long trail rides or jumping) to modify it or get a cover.
        06-24-2013, 01:14 PM
    It's been a long time, so...

    It's been a long time since I've ridden, so I can't make any specific recommendations. As you can see, there's a wealth of information online but if you rely solely on that you run the risk of becoming a victim of "information overload."
    If you've got a good trainer you can trust, I'd say rely on him or her for advice. Good luck!

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