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post #1 of 13 Old 07-25-2010, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a headstall/reins/breastcollar for endurance...

What would be best?

I was thinking a plain nylon headstall, braided nylon reins, and a nylon breast collar with fleece on the entire inside (not just the middle of the chest).

Does that sound right, or would you guys use something else?




Also... I'm having a little trouble finding a breast collar that meets my requirements. I basically want this kind of thing: http://www.longridersgear.com/catalo...ast-Collar.jpg

...but I want the non-fleece part to be royal blue. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-25-2010, 01:45 PM
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I think nylon is good. That way you don't have to ruin your good leather tack with mud and stuff, plus you can use your own colors. Are you doing endurance with Mystique or Fendi?
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personally, I love biothane.

Zilco tack is FABULOUS. I have a set in black, its so nice! Expensive, but it will last you forever! You want something where the bit can detach and leave you with a halter for when your at checks.
Toklat Zilco Marathon Endurance Bridle and Specialty Bridles*|*EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM
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TO Zilco Deluxe Endurance Headstall and Specialty Bridles*|*EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM
(which can be used in junction with a rope halter [regular ones are too thick] or the zilco halter, these I find personally to be easier than bit hangers, imho)

I personally do not like using fleece in unnessicary places... it holds alot of heat and gets nasty after a long ride. Where do you live? In cooler climates it may be ok, but I live/race on the east coast, its humid here!
TO Zilco Deluxe Endur Breastplate and Breastplates*|*EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM
That is the breastplate I use. One like this but without padding can work too, or even in nylon.


Tayloredtack.com is pricey, but her stuff is beautiful! She's a good friend of mine through races.


A simple rope halter/nylon headstall would work, something like this would be perfect.
http://www.buytack.com/products/nylo.../23150-lrg.jpg

Its just easier than using a full bridle and switching every check. I wouldnt use a regular halter because I find them to be bulky and uncomfortable under a bridle, (not the zilco ones, though) and they're heavier.


Happy trails! Good luck!


Oh, and are you riding english or western?
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ooops! And I forgot reins. I use nylon braided barrel rein things.
8' Knotted Braided Barrel Rein - Barrel Reins

They are great, I have had them forever and they arent stiff, and they don't get slippery when they are wet!

Plus mine are in hot pink and black, and you can pretty much find them in all sorts of fun colours! :)
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Oh, darn, I have a couple of fleece lined breast collars, but one is black, one is white with brown trim, another is black with red trim...lol! I LOVE these types for long rides, as I don't think they run the risk of chaffing, quite as much as some leather ones...although fit properly, any style would be fine IMO.

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Thank you guys SO much for the help!

Equiniphile - I'm riding Mystique : ]

GTD - I'm riding in a Cashel soft saddle, but I'm looking for western style tack.



Okay, I'll skip the fleece since I live in Florida. The biothane looks great, but wow is it expensive. There's no way I'm paying $100 for a breast collar.

How do these look?
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Yeah, I forgot to add I don't use my heavy fleecy ones til winter, and then I put them away once it gets too warm...they do cause alot of heat build up because they insulate where they sit. I am using a fleecy type cinch, but my mare actually seems to like it better than the non slip grip type one that I was using on her before...she doesn't 'blow up' as much as I tighten it...Lol! She is horrible at blowing up her tummy full of air even though I am always careful about how I tighten...what a booger!

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Yeah, I forgot to add I don't use my heavy fleecy ones til winter, and then I put them away once it gets too warm...they do cause alot of heat build up because they insulate where they sit. I am using a fleecy type cinch, but my mare actually seems to like it better than the non slip grip type one that I was using on her before...she doesn't 'blow up' as much as I tighten it...Lol! She is horrible at blowing up her tummy full of air even though I am always careful about how I tighten...what a booger!
Haha ; )
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they look great! Just as long as your reins are long enough to let your horse drink, and you can sit comfortably. I made that mistake on my first ride, every time the horse went to drink, I got pulled down with him! Haha.

How are the soft saddles? Are they supportive of your weight? I would be careful, I don't know much about them, but over long distances you may develop back problems (which is something the vets check for of course!) since you will be going at a posting trot for most of the time. (depending on what speed you choose to do, when riding for top ten, you barely walk.)


But then again! I don't know much about them.... I just am not sure how well they absorb shock. Lol


Btw are you planning on doing limited distance? Its good to start out there, start slow! Would you like to move up to 50's and so on? What are your plans?
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