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post #1 of 6 Old 12-17-2012, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Cool 5-point breastplates??

I've seen many people's horses wearing 5-point breastplates - what exactly is there purpose?

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post #2 of 6 Old 12-17-2012, 02:59 PM
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I'm guessing that is most likely jumping or cross country? More pressure points mean less pressure at any one point, better for the horse.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-17-2012, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, thnx :)

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post #4 of 6 Old 12-17-2012, 06:25 PM
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They are also much more secure than three points so they help stabilize the saddle while the horse is making quick maneouvers.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-19-2012, 06:56 AM
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The problem with the more common types of breastplate ('hunting' type and breastgirth) is they have to be fitted loose to allow the horse to stretch in front without pulling the saddle forward. This means the saddle can slip back a handsbreadth, far too much in competition.

The idea of the 5-point is the elastication allows it to be fitted closer to the horse without restricting forward stretch so if the saddle should slip it can't go far enough back to be out of balance.

As far as I know that's the theory, anyway. And they do look pretty cool :)

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post #6 of 6 Old 12-19-2012, 09:58 AM
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i think they are mostly a fad, but thats just my opinion. i dont trust all that elastic, because ive seen them break multiple times and it is not pretty.

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