Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: dark side of the moon
I use a breastgirth, rather than a breastplate. I like the clean lines and simple look of the hunting breastplates, but to get it snug enough to be effective, it irritated my mare between her front legs (she is very thin skinned, being part TB, chestnut and mostly white/sunburned Paint). I know 5-points are "in" in my sport right now (eventing) but I happen to think they are horribly ugly with the huge fleece thing on the shoulder, and well... nobody needs that much gear to jump a 2'6" fence (if you do, your saddle fit is lacking!).
I researched for a long time and found that the breastgirths work very well, and allow the shoulder movement. They should have a neck strap to hold them up from getting too low over the shoulders. Nunn Finer has elastic ones that look pretty classy, but I wasn't sure if elastic would bother my mare and finding that much sheepskin was going to be a challenge. I ended up finding a used one that is quite old, it has padding on it like a dressage bridle, and a loop stitched in the front to hold a running martingale so you don't need two straps around the neck. It is actually very classy looking and very functional! Instead of on the D rings, like I've seen some, this one is designed to go around the billets (you can also buy D savers that loop over your stirrup bar).