I use a Mohair breast collar.. Frassy loves it! The mohair wicks the moisture better than leather or biothine.. Just like her mohair cincha. I agree that the use of a breast collar helps keep the saddle in place and lets you use less pressure on the girth area. Also I recomend the use of a crupper. When the horse gets accustomed to them they use them as tools when mounting, going up or down hills, and pulling downed tree limbs. When I mount or go down a hill I can feel Fras clamp down on th crupper with her tail muscle (one of their strongest muscles) to keep everything in place. I use them every ride, even short ones so the horse toughens the hide under the tail and learns to use it.
Here is Frass collar
That looks like the one I have (breast collar)except mine is black.
I hadn't thought of a crupper...thats a really good idea. I have a question though..do they freak out the first time you have it on? Do you have to use it a little at a time so they get tougher there or will it rub it raw ? Do you have a picture of Frassy's as...rear? I'd like to see what type you have on her. Ok.. it was more than 1 question.
Yeah, for my old horse I needed a breastplate (that's what me and my family call them anyways) and for my sister's pony we needed a crupper, mainly cos she would always duck her head down to try and sneak some grass, and the saddle would slip forward lol.
I guess it just depends whether your horse needs it or not, and whether going trail riding up and down hills is going to shift the saddle. I would use one, mainly just to make sure, but it's up to you.
Here you go Dumas', Sassafras's better side..I like the crupper to just barely make contact when the tail is down relaxed.this crupper is a weaver leather, about $30. I bought a cheaper one on e-bay but it was'nt as good. I clean it with a damp cloth then put a thin coat of bag balm on it. Make sure you get one filled with flax seed.