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post #1 of 8 Old 09-03-2010, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
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Misc Questions (Need Help!)

Alrighty, so I recently splurged on getting my horse a very nice sheepskin saddle pad and a mohair string girth. I bought the "Kookaburra Woolwash" that was frequently advised as what to wash your natural fiber items with... but I would like to know how often I ought to wash the pad? Once a month? More, less?

Also, I have a rather rotund pony and a treeless saddle. I haven't had any major issues with slipping, but I don't really want to risk it either. I was wondering whether it would make sense for me to use a breastplate? I know they keep a saddle from sliding back, but do they also help prevent slipping off to the side?

Finally, as a dressage rider, would I look crazy to use a breastplate?
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-04-2010, 12:25 AM
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Hmmm... I'm not much help here, but as for the breastcollar thing, I know they are dressage legal, just not common. Invest in one if you think it will help, you won't get points off for having one. You mayy stand out a bit, but isn't that kind of a good thing?

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-04-2010, 12:58 PM
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A breastplate won't help much with side to side shifting. And I've never seen anyone use one in a dressage test that I can remember, so I'd opt not to use one if it were me. But for schooling...sure can't hurt!
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If you are not at the show who cares if you use breastplate or not. BUT I highly doubt it'll help with moving side to side. The breastplate usually should not be very tight, so it'll have enough room to move with the saddle left-right I'm afraid.

As for sheepskin pad I believe you have to use a special cleaning stuff designed for sheepskin, not just washing.
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I use a breastplate for dressage, no one's ever complained or mentioned it so far. :)
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-05-2010, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input on the breastplate. I may get one. Can't hurt anything, even if it doesn't actually help much.

kitten_Val, the stuff I have (Kookaburra Woolwash) was sold to me with the sheepskin pad that I got with the specific instructions that it was the correct stuff to use when I washed my pad. So I've definitely got the right stuff, just trying to decide how often to use it!
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-05-2010, 04:21 AM
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I wash my sheepskin numnahs maybe once every 10 rides. What I do after every ride is use a fine tined dog brush to brush out the hairs and matted sweaty areas. It stays fluffy and clean enough to go for about two weeks.

I was told not to wash a mohair string girth because the loose horse hairs should kind of work their way into the grooves to make for a smooth surface against the horses skin.
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Thank you rumba! Just what I needed to hear.

Thanks again to everyone who addressed the matter of a breastplate as well!
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