What piece of tack is this?

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        05-06-2014, 08:09 PM
    What piece of tack is this?

    I bought a english bridle from a used tack store and with the bridle came an extra piece. I'm not very familiar with english tack, but leaning, and don't know what this is. It looks like maybe a standing martingale attachment that attaches to a breast collar? Also does anyone know what brand this might be? It has a FS stamped on it. I was thinking maybe Silver Fox, but the letters are out of order

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        05-06-2014, 08:32 PM
    Green Broke
    I'm sure the FS stands for Full Size. I'm with you on the standing martingale.
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        05-06-2014, 08:38 PM
    Originally Posted by MangoRoX87    
    I'm sure the FS stands for Full Size. I'm with you on the standing martingale.
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        05-06-2014, 09:13 PM
    I was looking up pictures of standing martingale breast collar combos and all the ones I've seen have had more holes, allowing it to be more adjustable. Why does this one only have the one hole?
        05-07-2014, 09:43 AM
    It is a "square raised" standing martingale attachment that buckles to the center "D" ring at the chest of a breastplate {English}.
    Being it is marked "FS" for full-size it is "aimed" at a particular sized horse group. These buckle in attachments also come in PS {pony size}, CS {cob size}, OS {over-sized} same as bridles do.
    The fact it has little adjustment it may have been "custom" ordered for a particular horse possibly, although not all attachments have adjust-ability.

    Sometimes where the buckle is there may be an extra hole punched to allow a small bit of extra adjustment.

    Myself, when using any martingale attachment to my breastplate I put a clip, looks like a halter replacement throatlatch clip, then don't need to buckle or unbuckle...just snap the clip or remove it and done, simple and quick.

    If the bridle is anything like this attachment...nice find!!

        05-07-2014, 11:10 AM
    That makes sense. Sadly the bridle isn't the same quality, which is a shame because the attachment is pretty supple and nice. Although for the price I'm not complaining. I also got a English breast collar and a standing martingale for $6 a piece. I'm wondering if maybe they're the same brand? I would really like to find a brand, but can't find anything to indicate what it might be.
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        05-07-2014, 12:09 PM
    Bridlework and leather strapping in English tack is rarely ever stamped.

    Quality English saddles have name plates same as in western to identify the maker, sometimes the exact "model" is also stamped someplace on a billet protector or the sweat flap.

    Quality leather though is quality leather to me.
    I need not spend many hundreds for "a name"...although there are differences in leathers, a well constructed and finished piece of leather strap goods is very evident to the eye...
    Quality is quality....you can see it, smell it, feel it and know craftsmanship was put into producing that nice piece of equipment.

    I would not want to even guess at a manufacturer for that strap...but it is nicely made.


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