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post #1 of 10 Old 12-24-2009, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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western neck straps

Lately I've seen alot of girls barrel racing with neck straps, even the girls in the NFR were running in them. Well I would love to buy one, but their so dang expensive. I think the cheapest one I found was $50!

Does anyone ride with one? Just wondering because I'm thinking about getting one just so it keeps my breastcollar higher up on my horses shoulders
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-24-2009, 02:20 PM
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Are you talking about the breastcollar strap? If so I've never used one. I have seen others use them and like them. In my opinion it's just more crap on the horse that it doesn't need.
Usually, if you get a good fitting breast collar you shouldn't have that big of problem of the collar getting in the way.
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-24-2009, 05:56 PM
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Do you have a picture of a western neck strap....I don't think I've ever seen one. Are you talking about a breast collar?

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post #4 of 10 Old 12-25-2009, 02:26 AM
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PIC? No idea what you are talking about...

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post #5 of 10 Old 12-25-2009, 02:31 AM Thread Starter
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Heres a link:
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As for finding a good fitting breastcollar....thats hard for me especially because I have a thoroughbred with a narrow chest. My breastcollar now tends to hang off his chest, and it's set as high as it will go. So I think I'm going to purchase a neck strap and see how it works on him
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post #6 of 10 Old 12-25-2009, 02:37 AM
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If you don't want to spend $50 on one (which I think it outrageous anyway), you could always just use a length of soft rope and a couple of snaps. Or if you have some old leather reins, cut them and use that. You can use those connector buckles with the post in the middle like what are on the bit ends of these reins


You can get those at a tack or hardwear store for really cheap.

I personally don't use them cause I use the pulling collars that attach to the swells but I can understand your need for one. There are some horses that it is impossible to keep a standard breast collar in the right place, no matter how it is adjusted.

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post #7 of 10 Old 12-25-2009, 02:50 AM
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Sorry for the double post but I just remembered what those buckles are called. Conway buckles
Solid Brass 5/8" Conway Buckle | NRS - National Roper Supply - Western Wear, tack, team ropes, horse tack, team roping ropes, bits...

You could use a couple of them with a couple of snaps with a bit of old leather. You could use an old broken rein or ask your friends if they have some scrap leather that they would be willing to give you. That way, you would be out like $5 instead of $50.

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post #8 of 10 Old 12-25-2009, 04:09 AM
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Or if you do want to Diy, you can braid some soft cotton cloth or rope in a color to match your tack. This will give you a custom look to, just make sure it is soft enough not to rub his withers.

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post #9 of 10 Old 12-25-2009, 08:42 AM
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Are you meaning you want your breast collar to be converted to a pulling breast collar? So that there's a strap (leather/nylon/whatever) that goes over the horses neck?

ETA: May be known as a roping breast collar or a tripping breast collar.

I have one of that style for my english saddle. Not that I ever really use it, haha!

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post #10 of 10 Old 01-01-2010, 03:08 PM
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Neck straps are popluar on wade ranch saddles. It just helps hold the breast collar in place better. Barrel racers are all about the bling and getting that slight advantage over the next person, so any chance to add bling and help your horse's comfort you can trust barrel racers to try it.

Check out Neck Straps for Barrel Racers for some blingy neck straps.
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