Okay, so went for our first trail ride today (squee!!!) and found out that our saddle slips enough to need a breast collar. I ride in an Aussie saddle (LOVE IT). I love the look of Aussie breast plates, but would a western breast collar work if I can't get one?
I'm looking at this for an Aussie breast plate (would match my saddle rather well lol): Brown leather horse size Australian breastplate | eBay
My concern is that it would be stiff, like my bridle that I got off eBay last week (decent quality, just a bit stiff).
My options for a western breast collar include whatever the two local tack shops have in their used tack section.
I can't spend a ton of money right now, or else I'd get a nicer-quality breast plate and be done with it.
Here's a pic of our saddle:
Just as an interesting aside about my saddle...had to take it to the saddle shop the other day to have them trim up the left stirrup leather so we could add another hole since the leather was stretched out about 1.5" and the stirrup was too long, even on the highest hole. Anyway, was talking to the saddle repair guy and he said that he couldn't find a maker's mark on my saddle, but that it's a nice quality saddle (definitely not a "Made in India" POS). He also said it looks like it originally had a horn, but that someone took it off and patched where the horn was (there's a weird kind of star-shaped "hole" with leather in it where a horn would be). He really liked my saddle, though.
He was amazed when I told him I only paid $125 for it. Hehe