I was wondering if you really need a breast collar to ride. My saddle doesn't have rings to attach the breast collar. I see "D" rings on some saddles on not on others. Do you put them on our do only certain types of saddle have them?
I don't know if you are riding english or western but generally, no, you don't have to have a breast collar to ride. So long as your saddle fits well, it would really serve no purpose for everyday riding. However, if you are riding lots of trails with steep hills or if you are jumping, I would suggest looking into a breast collar that will attach to your saddle however necessary.
I personally, hate riding without one but that is more of a personal preferance. I ride western and there are times when I ride in some pretty rough country and other times when I do some cattle work including roping. It is much easier to just keep it on there as opposed to taking it on and off every ride.
Thanks smorbs! I am riding western. But I was wondering if you don't have d rings on the saddle how else would you attach the breast collar. I have already bought one and I want to use it. My saddle doesn't have "d" rings.
A lot of peope who don't have the "d" rings will attach them where your billet and tie straps are.
Im like smrobs... I always ride with one. Its personal preferance. And I do a lot of hill climbing and cattle work... and I tend to ride with a looser girth... so it helps keep my saddle in place to.
Those little D-rings for the BC are actually a relatively new thing. Used to, they were only on the pleasure type saddles (trail, etc) and show saddles. They were unheard of on working saddles because they would never withstand the weight of roping. Of the 8 saddles I have hanging around the tack room, only the old show saddle has those. Our horses survived decades of having them attached to the rigging until I discovered the pulling type a few years ago.