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post #1 of 8 Old 05-31-2010, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
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Smile Question about Breastplates

Hi everyone! Just wanted to ask about breastplates. I don't know much about them. All i know is that they help the saddle stop slipping back and they are good for x country/show jumping. There is this really good breastplate which is of Tekna brand. Here is a pic But if i did bye it, I'd get it in black. I wanted to know if it's used for anything else? And please, no arguments or anything else, just a simple answer. And if u disagree on something, Agree to disagree :)
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-31-2010, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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*buy not bye lol
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I use breastplates because they look good, I can grab on to help me get up, I use them to vault, and they are part of the standard set up on an Australian Stock Horse.

I wouldn't use one as the sole way to keep my saddle from sliding back - That to me is more of a saddle fit issue.

They can help keep a saddle secure when riding in rugged country, but again, my saddle fits properly and doesn't move no matter the terain.

If you want one, go ahead and use one - They don't affect the horse in any way!

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The breast plate you pictured has a running martingale attached (called a training fork in Western). It should be detatchable, which I would certainly do until you have been educated in it's proper use.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

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^ Forgot to add that :]

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There are several different breastplates - most are easily identifiable by their name. Most offer some extra stability for the saddle when you are riding either for a long time or participating in types of riding that mean the saddle may need extra support - i.e Eventing, Hunting or Showjumping.

If you need a breastplate to keep your saddle from slipping during normal exercise than as others have pointed out you may have a saddle fit problem.

The breastplate in the photo is a Hunt breastplate - it is primarily used when hunting -i.e a long time is spent in the saddle over different terrain at different paces including some jumping
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Or in Australia we call it a stockmans breastplate as it is the style used by stockmen and on Australian Stock Horses.

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post #8 of 8 Old 06-01-2010, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Especially wild_spot. My saddle doesn't slip back either! I hadn't thought about holding it to help me mount up....hmmmm, that could be a good idea! Thanks, i think i'm going to buy it :) And i wouldn't use the martingale, i'd take them off, and yes they r detachable So, would it be good for riding the whole day (eg: 8:30 am to 3:00pm)? Not on any ruff terrain, but just for general Sporting and hacking (hacking as in not trail riding, but going in a circle at walk, trot, canter)? Any help would be much appreciated.
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