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post #11 of 25 Old 12-29-2011, 11:41 PM
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I use one, more for looks and reflectors. I dont think they do much for most people. Lots of people claim they keep saddle from sliding back but I always see them with a couple inches of slack so I dotn see how they would do any good. To keep a saddle from moving back they would have to be tight like a girth, something no one does.
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post #12 of 25 Old 12-30-2011, 12:03 AM
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I always have a breast collar on Lacey. The terrain we ride on is so steep that I'd probably slide back to Timbuktu without it (it gets tight when we go up hill and loosens back up as we go along more).
They also look classy. I think they make Lacey look all like "Hey guys! I'm coming to do some manly work here, even though I'm a girl!" which makes me laugh.

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post #13 of 25 Old 12-30-2011, 10:36 AM
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I ride with one because my non horsey husband bought it for me so it's more for show than a need. It has pink jewels in it and he bought the matching headstall and reins (lol).
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post #14 of 25 Old 12-30-2011, 02:28 PM
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I always have one on, because I don't feel like taking them on and off of my saddles.
This^^. I just leave mine on my saddles. When I'm training a horse, it's a necessity, when I happen to need to rope or drag something, it's a necessity. If I took it on and off depending on the day, there would sure enough come a day when I needed it and didn't have it.

Plus, that's all a part of my training with young horses, they are ridden with breast collars and back cinches every single ride.

AND, I like the look of them and they are just a part of my completed tack package. I feel naked without my belt and my horses look naked without their breast collars .
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post #15 of 25 Old 12-30-2011, 02:32 PM
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I like them, but I HATE to see them adjusted incorrectly, especially when they are not fitted between the legs. They SHOULD be snuggled up and I prefer breastplates that follow the shoulder to the pommel. If you throw it on and leave it hang between the horse's legs you're asking for an eventual hangup.
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post #16 of 25 Old 12-30-2011, 02:33 PM
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I only use mine when I'm jumping big or going on a trail ride where there are lots of hills. I put it on when my husband or son is riding also so they can have something to hang onto.

I taught my one horse, Charlie, to stop when there's a pull on the neck strap of the breastcollar.

I like the look of them and if mine weren't somewhat of a pain to put on and adjust, I'd probably use it a lot more.
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post #17 of 25 Old 12-30-2011, 02:35 PM
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I've pretty much always ridden with one - some of the trails I've ridden on have been pretty steep. I don't think I've ever really had to rely on one to keep my saddle in position, but just in case...

With my Dancer, I don't really need a breast collar to keep the saddle in place - she's got some serious withers that keep the saddle from sliding from side to side, and she's so down hill that the saddle can't slide backwards unless we are going up a 45 degree slope! Guess that means I need to start using breeching, too, but Dancer HATES anything around her back legs and tail - and a pissy Dancer is a nasty piece of work!

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I don't own one, so never. ;)
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post #19 of 25 Old 12-30-2011, 03:02 PM
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I originally got one for Checkers, who is flatbacked so the saddle would always move! He was shaped like a barrel -_-

But he went lame so I use it on Cowboy. I only put it on if we're going to be jumping, but we always jump (I only ride once a week) so he always wears it :)

It's a breast girth, so it's just a strap and honestly idk if it even makes a difference, but I love the way it looks on him <3
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post #20 of 25 Old 12-30-2011, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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That's a larger number of people than I would have thought! I just got a new one with a matching bridle. It's purple biothane, cause I'm a trail rider and live by the trail rider's code of tacky colors.

How tight SHOULD all the straps be? Mine of pretty snug, especially the between the legs peice. I can get about four fingers between it and my horse's skin at the loosest. What about the shoulder straps and over wither thingy?
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