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post #1 of 9 Old 04-03-2012, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Help with breastplate!

I'm looking into getting a breastplate. I know i definitely want an elastic one because I jump and believe it will give a little more shoulder freedom for my horse. Anyyy way, I came across this one

HDR Pro Heart Shaped Elastic Breastplate -

However, I cannot find any reviews on it, which is not that big of a deal but I'm just wondering what you guys think about it or if you have heard anything about it. Also, for some reason I can't tell if the straps attach to the billets or the D rings

If you guys have any other suggestions for a reasonably priced elastic breastplate that would be great! (<$150)

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post #3 of 9 Old 04-03-2012, 06:57 PM
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The HDR elastic breastplate looks like a very nice breastplate for a very good price. It is a 3 point breastplate, it attaches to the saddle D's and the girth, very simple to attach and easy to use. Looks like a good buy.
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post #4 of 9 Old 04-03-2012, 07:31 PM
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The breastplate you are looking at would do the job but you are prepared to pay a little more so make sure you get one with good leather that goes around the girth so you get no rubbing. some cheaper ones just never soften up. My daughter show jumps and she has been wanting a 5 point breastplate- these are enormously popular in our area. I dont know how to put a link in but you can find one on ebay at ecotak (5 point elastic breastplate),She has show jumped for 3 years using a similar one to the one you want but with no rings.
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post #5 of 9 Old 04-03-2012, 07:33 PM
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I've heard that the HDR brand is decent for the price, but it doesn't last very long and the leather is usually stiff. I haven't heard of the other brand though. Sorry I couldn't be more help.
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I think if you are not going to be jumping huge jumps and you don't really have an issue with your saddle slipping, then a 3 point style breastplate should be fine for you.

I own a couple of 3 point breastplates and a 5 point breastplate. I like them both.

The 5 point breastplate has been very popular in eventing and is starting to gain popularity in show jumping as well now. I can see that using one in eventing is a good idea especially for higher levels whether your saddle slips or not just as a safety precaution. For show jumping I would say that if the jumps are big and /or your horse is having saddle slipping back problems then I would say it would be a good idea then as well, but if you aren't jumping really big jumps and you don't have any issues with your saddle slipping then the 3 point breastplate should work out fine for you.

To make it even easier to fit you can add snaps on the the breastplate so that you can just snap the straps to the D rings on the saddle and if your girth has a D ring in the centre you can snap it on there as well, quicker and easier to fit then. The 5 point is trickier to fit and adjust just right and takes longer to tack up, so I wouldn't recommend it unless you actually need that style.
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I'll probably get the HDR 3 point. thanks for the help everyone!
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post #8 of 9 Old 04-06-2012, 02:57 PM
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Just some info.
Top breastplate straps ought to be buckled through the staples (fixed or fall-down) found under the skirts just forward of the stirrup bars. This is because they go right through the tree point, whereas saddle Ds are usually attached by thin pieces of leather tacked to the points and prone to breaking in a dire emergency :(

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post #9 of 9 Old 04-08-2012, 10:22 PM
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You can also buy "D ring savers" that you loop on over the stirrup bars to attach your breastplate to.
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