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!