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  • Best breast collar for trail riding
  • Most comfortable breast collar

 
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    10-03-2009, 05:33 PM
  #1
Weanling
Breat collars?

I know there are different "types" of breast collars...ones that are put on differently, and so on. I am trying to find a breast collar for my western saddle as with my trail horse it tends to slip down when going up steep hills (but that's expected for any saddle really).

What type of breast collar would be best for trail riding....one that gives the shoulder the most room as possible and comes in many colors so I might be able to find one to match the color of my saddle
     
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    10-03-2009, 07:04 PM
  #2
Trained
If you want color, a nylon one is what you want. Or you can get a leather one and just put those padding things on it. As far as shoulder room, you really won't have any. It's not supposed to be on tight, but fairly snug and the saddle will slide back, making it tighter, it's just the way it is. There are tons of styles out there, just google western breast collars and pick one you like.
     
    10-03-2009, 07:07 PM
  #3
Showing
I found a gorgeous one at the Goodwill, actually, for like $15 believe it or not. I don't have many pix of it, but here's the best I have....



I just use it because it looks nice.....lol. We live in a pretty flat area and have no need for breastcollars. As for the different types of breastcollars, here's an excerpt I found online:

"If you are doing any hill work at all on your rides, I strongly recommend a breastcollar for your saddle. They help hold the saddle in place, reduce friction by saddle slippage, and disperse the stress of holding the saddle in place from the cinch.
There are a few types of breastcollars, all of which will do the job if they fit your horse. My favorite is what I call the Backcountry Breaststrap because it is easy on and easy off. In my experience, it has been the least likely to sore a horse. However, many people like the look of the three piece breastcollars, which come in a number of styles including straight, contoured and a more English styled breastplate with an overcheck strap. Once again, all of these are fine if they fit your horse correctly and do not rub and cause soring."
     
    10-03-2009, 07:51 PM
  #4
Weanling
Thanks! Most of the trails I do I don't need one that bad but when we loose the trail (which we do alot and on purpose we scale sides of mountains and more.) Quite fun but not when the saddle is back so far it's almost on the hindquarters. Thankfully my horse I use for trails could care less...now if he was in an arena? I'm sure it would be a bucking party. But in the trails he's amazing

Riccil, the saddle I have is leather but it's important to me to have the leather match . My last saddle I had it was sooo hard to find matching anything. I sold it cause it did not fit most of my horses (only fit one...and it was an ok fit). I haven't gone "color" shopping to find what brands make the right color but I just don't want to pay the huge ammount to get the one that was meant for the saddle haha
     
    10-03-2009, 08:23 PM
  #5
Showing
A pulling breast collar will give your horse full movement of his shoulders while keeping the saddle in place. The tugs attach to the swells (through the hole in the gullet) rather then the breast collar "d"s.
     
    10-03-2009, 08:32 PM
  #6
Trained
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Originally Posted by SavvyHearts    
Riccil, the saddle I have is leather but it's important to me to have the leather match . My last saddle I had it was sooo hard to find matching anything. I sold it cause it did not fit most of my horses (only fit one...and it was an ok fit). I haven't gone "color" shopping to find what brands make the right color but I just don't want to pay the huge ammount to get the one that was meant for the saddle haha

I know what you mean. Chances are it's either black, a dark brown, or a havanna brown, unless you've managed to collect a rare color. It shouldn't be too hard to find one that matches. So far, all my havanna tack matches, and I got everything separately. And for the most part, if it's a touch light or darker, no one will notice unless you make a point of noticing. =]
     
    10-03-2009, 08:58 PM
  #7
Weanling
They don't categorize them into "havanna brown" and so on, it's light oil, chestnut, medium oil, and dark brown lol. They have to make it difficult haha
They don't sell them individually also.....you were supposed to buy it when you ordered your saddle..but I got mine used or else I would have gotten the breast collar. Will have to contact them and have an estimate for pricing
     
    10-03-2009, 11:12 PM
  #8
Showing
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
A pulling breast collar will give your horse full movement of his shoulders while keeping the saddle in place. The tugs attach to the swells (through the hole in the gullet) rather then the breast collar "d"s.
Wholeheartedly agreed. My brother turned me onto them after he started using them in the feedlot for pulling HEAVY cattle and they do provide the most comfortable fit and freedom of movement for the horse even when pulled tight when the saddle is way back.

I kinda improvised mine from a regular breastcollar but it works well.
He was eating in this pic. One thing about breastcollars is that you must have it adjusted properly or you run the risk of wearing sores and pinching a horse.


You can see as he walks that the BC stays in the dip above his shoulder where most normal BCs that attach to the D-rings will rub across the point of the horse's shoulder.


Plus, if you find one that is a little lighter colored than you like, you could always use oil on it to darken it to match your saddle.
     
    10-04-2009, 02:12 PM
  #9
Showing
Cool

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Originally Posted by SavvyHearts    
they don't categorize them into "havanna brown" and so on, it's light oil, chestnut, medium oil, and dark brown lol. They have to make it difficult haha
They don't sell them individually also.....you were supposed to buy it when you ordered your saddle..but I got mine used or else I would have gotten the breast collar. Will have to contact them and have an estimate for pricing
Lol I saved up birthday and babysitting money to buy all new tack for my horse (the one in the pic I posted) and ordered a bridle before I even found a new saddle. HUGE MISTAKE! Lol I had ordered a dark oil bridle and found a Wintec Western All-Rounder saddle in black. It completely clashed so I had to re-order the bridle and waste another 2 weeks of riding season waiting for the bridle to come in. Lol
     
    10-05-2009, 10:23 AM
  #10
Started
I've never really been a stickler for matching headstalls, breastcollars, and saddles. Too much work. LOL I do like to come close tho. I prefer the pulling style as well. The paint is wearing my pulling collar and the roan is in a traditional one.

Here my qh is wearing it. I like that it fits both narrow and wide horses without sagging.
     

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