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  • Breastplate for horses
  • Is there a difference between a western breastplate and a english breast plate

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    06-07-2010, 11:10 PM
I have only ever used a breastplate to attach a running martingale attachment to.... I think they are quite useless [unless you truly have a saddle slipping problem] & I don't see the point of putting extra un-necessary tack on my horse.
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    06-07-2010, 11:42 PM
^agreed. Really, if the saddle fits right, you'll never need one. My friend who does Intermidate level didn't use one until he did **'s this year because his Devacoux is costom. But boy does the brestplate look good :) I use one in dressage and then one in jumping. It just looks... profesional I guess would be the right word to me!
I agree, I think it finishes the picture. I love the 5-way breast plates, and I would love to have one, but I cannot afford the expensive $ that is on them. I think it sure does look good too!
    06-07-2010, 11:43 PM

Stormy, I have one like that. I haven't used it in a while cause my horse doesn't really need it at all, but I do like it.. To be honest I'm just a little lazy and don't feel like cleaning it and putting it on.
kmacdougall - I'll take it off your hands :) lol.

Come on! Clean it up and use it! I think it is a smashing breast plate!
    06-08-2010, 01:45 AM
Green Broke
I am a western rider. What is a 5-way breast plate?

I ask because I have made a couple of what I call "English" style breast collars for my trail horses and then fancied them up with spots and hearts to make them look old-fashioned. Is this style considered a 5-way, or is that something totally different?

I like the kind I use a lot better than most "western" breast collars.

I think of the breast collar like a seat belt. You might not need it 99.9% of the time, but if you ever do need it, you will be glad your horse was wearing one. I think a breast collar saved my life at least twice, where a horse spooked or the saddle slipped unexpectedly and the breast collar actually kept the saddle (and me!) from rolling under the horse's belly. So I look at them like a safely precaution. And they look great too!
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    06-08-2010, 01:49 AM
I've never used a breast plate on horses I ride. They're basically useless and just more money I could be spending on something I actually need. Yes, if I have a saddle slipping problem I'd look into getting one, but if the saddle fits properly and you double and triple check your girth, it shouldn't be a problem.
    06-08-2010, 09:00 AM
Trailhorserider, this is a 5-point breastplate. It connects to the both d's, the billets/girth on each side and between the legs. It's a bit trendy right now in the eventing world. I have one, but don't use it a whole lot - it's nice though, just kind of overkill in most situations :)

I'm looking at getting this style next - the design is slightly different and it influences the elevation of the withers, which I could use with my QH who ends up on his forehand as we make our way around the course.
    06-08-2010, 09:04 AM
Green Broke
Breast plate as I can put a martin gale on it :)
Oh and I neve ride without it, helps for control, they do have other uses, not just for saddle slippage!
    06-08-2010, 09:23 AM
My Beau, how can you have one of those awesome breast plates, and not use it! Lol.

*points behind you* OH MY GOD!!! IT'S DAVID O'CONNOR BEHIND YOU!! *grabs breastplate and runs away*
    06-08-2010, 09:43 AM
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
kmacdougall - I'll take it off your hands :) lol.

Come on! Clean it up and use it! I think it is a smashing breast plate!
Might clean it up and sell it if you're interested! I doubt I'll ever use it, I retired my boy from eventing after a bad accident, and I use a martingale for jumpers because my saddle fits him like a glove.
    06-08-2010, 12:49 PM
Green Broke
I like it because Geof is a sweating machine and so the saddle might slip then. Who knows. All I know is I do NOT want that saddle moving while I'm galloping XC. I have enough to deal with out there! And I also like the elastic of the 5-way. It gives it a little more give. And another reason I like my breastplate for Dressage. I know my hands should be just over the strap on the neck, so I can check if I'm having a doubt about something.

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