Collar things for cross country?

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    08-08-2011, 01:04 AM
Collar things for cross country?

Was wondering what piece of equipment this was. I've seen Sinead Halpin and William Fox-Pitt using them.. what are those loose fitting collar like things near the breastplate? What are they used for?

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    08-08-2011, 09:03 AM
Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, I hope, but it looks like a neck strap to me. I would put a neck strap where I was going to aim my hands for a release, but maybe that's just me. (by the way, I use a stirrup leather, because I'm cheap)

I want to know what the thingummy-whatsit on the horse's nose under the noseband is... seen similar things several times in high-level xc photos but never in real life and I wouldn't have a clue what they're called or where to find one.
    08-08-2011, 12:50 PM
The horse is wearing a breast plate - this is always a good idea when you are doing mid to upper levels to prevent the saddle from slipping back. Regardless of how well your saddle fits, it can still slide back due to the heights of the fences - and when you are out on an xc course, you have no time to adjust - so the breast plate is there to aid you while you are out there.

The round thing around the horses neck, is a grab strap as already stated. That's there to help the rider to grab onto incase if they feel the fence may jeapordize their position, their solidity in their tack.

And the thinggy majiggy on the horses nose, that's a Flare Equine Nasal Strip. It opens their horses nasal passages to help them to breath better while out on course. It helps their horses lungs by getting as much oxygen as needed to do their job while out there.
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    08-08-2011, 12:55 PM
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The strap you are asking about is sometimes known as an "OH CRAP" strap

Better to grab that than your horse's mouth.
    08-08-2011, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by blue eyed pony    
I want to know what the thingummy-whatsit on the horse's nose under the noseband is... seen similar things several times in high-level xc photos but never in real life and I wouldn't have a clue what they're called or where to find one.
Horse version of a human breathe right strip.
    08-09-2011, 11:21 AM
And I would assume the reason you don't really see them in lower-level eventers is that it's not as strenuous at the low levels... around here, you can get away with doing xc on the lowest 2 levels at a trot if you feel like you need to, and still come in within the time limit. Easy enough to do an E grade one day event on a horse that's been in the paddock for a month, people do this on a very regular basis as E grade is geared entirely towards beginners. I know a couple of kids who aren't cantering courses yet but who regularly compete E grade.
    08-09-2011, 03:39 PM
Originally Posted by sarahver    
The strap you are asking about is sometimes known as an "OH CRAP" strap Better to grab that than your horse's mouth.
well said! My gelding wears a martingale and the portion that goes around the neck helps remind me where to place my hands for release and little extra security should I need to handle it and yes not ripping onto his mouth! There are times just before the jump he speeds up (working on that)
    08-09-2011, 07:13 PM
Neck straps are definitely helpful on green horses or on big jumpers.

And I love Flair nasal strips. They're not just for upper level horses, you know. They can help any horse breathe more efficiently on cross country. I use them on Ace and we're just going training right now. Granted, he's also a roarer, so it helps him more than a horse that doesn't roar, but regardless I would use them. They're going to become a constant feature for me. I've noticed much quicker recovery after crossing the finish line when using a Flair nasal strip as well.
    08-13-2011, 11:05 PM
Oh no I know that. I've just never, EVER seen one on a lower-level horse, and I guess that the reason for it is probably that it's not as strenuous. Monty doesn't really need something like that (he has HUGE open nostrils, it's the arab in him, and he can go at a gallop all day with crazy fast recovery) but that said we're not competing at a high level at the moment (my confidence is the problem there) so his natural efficiency is more than enough.

By the way our E grade is like... 18 inches? Tiny stuff. Monty doesn't respect it at all and just barrels through it because he's a B grade eventer, which is obviously a lot bigger. I can't remember the exact heights and spread widths but I can find them out. Biggest solid jump I've jumped was C grade height, 85cm high (just under 3') and 1m wide (which is about 3'4"). I'm training over 3' showjumping style fences at home.

I don't know your levels at all :\

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