Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Charlene is right. They are primarily used to prevent a saddle from slipping back when going up steep hills. It's also used to keep a saddle in place when pulling a calf to the fire. They are used, too, by most cross country English horses.
I like the looks as well but more and more, cutters are realizing that the problem with a breast collar is that they are impeding their horse's shoulder movement when working a cow. Some riders have gone to a pulling collar that attaches to the swells of a Western saddle instead of the "D" rings and allows a horse's shoulders to move more freely.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.
Last edited by iridehorses; 09-18-2009 at 02:01 PM.