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post #1 of 8 Old 01-03-2011, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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What is the Function of a Breastcollar?

Just what the title says. When we first got my horse, the trainer rode her in a breast collar, and I loved it, for no reason other than it looked cool. I've been thinking of getting one, but I have no real reason for it. What is the purpose of them, and would it be reasonable to get one?



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post #2 of 8 Old 01-03-2011, 06:56 PM
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To keep the saddle from sliding back/moving side to side.

Does your saddle move? If not, you don't really need one, but plenty of people use them for looks. Plus, if you get one with a wither strap, it doubles as a handy "oh, crap!" handle... those are always helpful in certain situations

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There are two purposes for a breast collar. They help keep the saddle in place, especially helpful when doing a lot of jumping, or if you have a very uphill built horse. They can also be used to attach either a standing or running martingale to, instead of using a separate piece of equipment in addition to the breast collar. The martingale is more english. I have yet to see a western martingale that is actually attached to a breast collar, though I could be just missing something. What you are doing will then dictate what type of breast collar to get if you are riding english. They have the standard all leather type with various styles and placements of buckles, and they have elastic style breast collars. I am not as knowledgeable in breast collars, and which type is best for what, so I'll leave that to someone who knows better than I do.
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I knew they were used to hold the martingales, I just always wondered why people without martingales wore them...thank you for the information =)

No, my saddle doesn't move around, so...I guess I don't need one. I think the trainer rode her in one just because it came with and matched the saddle. I still think they look cool though. If I ever have a couple spare bucks, I might get one just for vanity purposes...lol



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I knew they were used to hold the martingales, I just always wondered why people without martingales wore them...thank you for the information =)

No, my saddle doesn't move around, so...I guess I don't need one. I think the trainer rode her in one just because it came with and matched the saddle. I still think they look cool though. If I ever have a couple spare bucks, I might get one just for vanity purposes...lol

I ALWAYS ride in a breast collar, I don't even know if I need one. But I like to keep my saddle in place and not slide back or move a lot when I'm riding. Not to mention I use it for a tie down also. And they look cool like you said.

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I don't think breast collars are needed by many people, but they are a popular piece of tack. And I will say they come in handy to keed your saddle in placeif your horse decides a career change to a saddle bronc is absolutely necessiary (if you catch my drift )
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My mare needs a breast collar when I ride her in western but not in English. If I don't the saddle slips waaaay back and puts a lot of pressure on her withers. There is not harm done in riding with a breast collar when it isn't needed, but I personally don't see the point of the extra expense.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-04-2011, 09:50 AM
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I have a breast collar because my saddle is treeless and I would like that little extra bit of reassurance that maybe if sh*t happens, it won't slip off the side of the horse and dump me on the ground. ^_^
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