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    03-05-2010, 07:16 AM
Breastcollor - english and western saddles - NEED OPINIONS!

I'm wondering if people are using them and why. I know it suppose to keep a saddle in place, but is it all that necessary? Also I heard it may rub. Please, share the opinions and experience! Also I'd love to hear what brand you are using.

P.S. I'm debating if I need to get one, so want to learn more before putting money in.
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    03-05-2010, 07:28 AM
Yes, some people need them. Not all horses are shaped the same, not all horses just trot around a ring. So a breast collar is necessary to keep the saddle from sliding back. Properly fitted tack should not rub.

What are you doing with your horse? Does your saddle slide back?
    03-05-2010, 07:40 AM
I use a breastcollar on my western saddle, mainly for riding trails. Somehow no matter what I plan I end up crossing gullies and going up and down giant hills. It's really a no-name nylon breastcollar, kind of matches my cordura saddle, and has thick felt padding all over the back, so no fear of rubs. Plus, as my dad says, the horse looks fully dressed with it on. I don't *need* it for general riding or to keep the saddle from slipping on the flat, but it just kind of lives on the western saddle.

If I jumped more maybe I would invest in an English breastplate. Those I could picture rubbing (leather on coat) unless they are lined with fleece or something, and that runs up the price tag pretty quick.
    03-05-2010, 07:58 AM
I always use a breast collar on my saddles. I used one when I rode English and I use one Western. Since I only trail ride now, having given up penning and sorting, I especially like them.

The two kinds I have are the Weaver soft touch (not made anymore - a real shame), which is a heavy neoprene backed cordora or a shaped leather collar. If I am going to go to some pretty hilly/mountainous trails, I'll use the soft touch, otherwise I use the leather one. I've never had one rub a horse, not in 30 years; but I'm pretty meticulous in keeping all my tack clean and conditioned.

I tried the pulling type collar but just didn't like the looks of it even though I liked the concept.
    03-05-2010, 08:22 AM
Thank you, All!

I was trail riding primarily and hope to start jumping this year (they are turning 6). I used to use mostly western saddle till last year when I mostly started riding english (on trails as well). No, neither of my saddles slide back (at least I never felt they are) but my qh is very round so I can feel it moves around slightly when I ride.

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