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    06-25-2012, 11:02 AM
western breast collars: which style is better?

I've noticed that in western tack there are two styles of breast collars. Some are Y-shaped like this:

And some are sort of a cross between a martingale and the top part of the Y, like this:

Does one style have any particular advantage over the other? Seems like the Y-shaped ones are way more common these days so I'm guessing it's a better style but I don't know much about western tack.
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    06-25-2012, 11:16 AM
Green Broke
If I'm wrong, please correct me, but the y shaped breast collar in the 1st picture is Western and the second picture you posted looks more like an Aussie breast collar.
I ride in the y breast collar.
    06-25-2012, 11:20 AM
Originally Posted by flytobecat    
If I'm wrong, please correct me, but the y shaped breast collar in the 1st picture is Western and the second picture you posted looks more like an Aussie breast collar.
I ride in the y breast collar.
I have no clue! Kinda why I'm asking.
    06-25-2012, 10:19 PM
Green Broke
I looked at the 2nd picture you posted and realized it didn't have anything which connected to the cinch.
I don't think it's an Aussie breast collar.
The closing thing I could find that looked like that was this.

What site is your picture from?
    06-26-2012, 12:18 AM
Originally Posted by flytobecat    
What site is your picture from?
I just Googled breast collar. Most of the pictures were the Y-shaped kind, but two or three were that other style.

Someone else thought that the second style might be more common for use in certain western roping sports to provide stability when pulling. Definitely not something I need to worry about!
    06-26-2012, 01:16 AM
There are 4 main types of western breast collars (that I am familiar with anyway).

The pulling collar:

Steer Jerker (this may be what has been confused in the original post- one set of tugs connect to your saddle, the other set to you cinch)

And the basic Y type:

And my personal favorite, the trail type (which perhaps isn't truly western but is becoming more popular because it frees up the shoulder):

Hope that helps!
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    06-26-2012, 01:45 AM
The second one actually looks to me like an English breastplate that is commonly seen in eventing

As for the style you'll like better, it would greatly depend on what you want to do. If you're just pleasure/trail riding and looking for something that will give you a bit of stability, then pretty much any style of western breast collar will work well for that. Personally, I like the pulling style collar, but not just for the stability while roping/dragging. They fit a wider range of horses and getting a correct fit is much easier on them than with your typical y-style breast collar.
    06-27-2012, 01:53 AM
If you are going for western tack definitely get the "Y" shaped one.
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