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post #1 of 14 Old 07-03-2010, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Breastgirths

How come some people use breastgirths when going cross country and others do not? What does it do? Does it prevent the saddle from slipping, does it slow down the horse? Just wondering why some riders use them and some do not. I also apologize for my very many posts lately...I have not been around since like last year and I'm glad to be back
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-03-2010, 05:01 PM
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Its just to keep the saddle from sliding back, just like a breastplate.
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-03-2010, 10:55 PM
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Yep, what stormyblues said! Some horses need them some people just use them anyway.
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-03-2010, 11:03 PM
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What is a Breast Girth? LOL I haven't heard of them before we must use a different term in NZ

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post #5 of 14 Old 07-04-2010, 10:43 AM
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This is a breastgirth
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-04-2010, 11:03 AM
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Oh an breast collar, I kind of assumed you meant that. But they keep your saddle from slipping back, and that's about it. Only some horses use them because only some horses need them.
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post #7 of 14 Old 07-04-2010, 12:42 PM
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I don't use one because they can choke a horse if the horse's movement is wrong and/or the tack is ajusted wrong. You can't get a breastplate that wrong. And the 5-points kinda do the job of both a breastplate and a breastgirth.

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post #8 of 14 Old 07-04-2010, 12:44 PM
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I've never heard that BreastGirths can choke a horse. That rumour must belong in the same category as SMB's offer too much support and your horse becomes dependant on them - load of nonsence.

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post #9 of 14 Old 07-04-2010, 04:39 PM
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Oh I see, I call them a straight Breast Plate

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post #10 of 14 Old 07-04-2010, 10:26 PM
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Exactly, MIE. The only *plausible* way I can see that happening is if you have a non-elastic breast collar attached to the saddle dees, not the billets, very tightly and the horse is trying to graze.

But even then, I can't see it, really.

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