What is the purpose of a breastplate?

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    11-24-2012, 02:43 PM
What is the purpose of a breastplate?

I'm pretty sure that its just suppose to keep your saddle on but am I wrong?
I mean if it all it does is keep your saddle in place than what's the point. My saddle pad does a great job of doing that and my girth.

Please inform me, I would love to know the actual benefit of a breastplate.

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    11-24-2012, 02:51 PM
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Generally with english saddles they stop saddles slipping back when going up hill and jumping, I use a hunter breast plate on certain hilled hacks and for out hunting.
    11-24-2012, 02:52 PM
Originally Posted by Clava    
Generally with english saddles they stop saddles slipping back when going up hill and jumping, I use a hunter breast plate on certain hilled hacks and for out hunting.
Oh ok thanx!
    11-24-2012, 02:55 PM
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I'm not a great jumper but you can see the breast plate taking strain in this pic - I mostly use is for hills though as she is quite barrel shaped.

    11-24-2012, 02:57 PM
I've mostly seen barrel racers with them in western shows. It keeps the saddle from sliding as the horse whips around barrels and starts off at a gallop.
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    11-24-2012, 03:02 PM
Thanks guys anymore tips?
Btw clava your horse gorgeous!!
Nightside yeah I see them mainly in western but I was jw because I have seen it in English as well.
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    11-24-2012, 03:09 PM
Green Broke
I ride western and the breast collar and back cinches and such, keep the saddle in place while going up and down steep hills. You can also get thing that go around the base of the tail and hook to the saddle. My fil uses these they are called Cruppers.
    11-24-2012, 03:11 PM
Nvr2many haha it's fine, thanx for the input
    11-24-2012, 03:11 PM
Green Broke
I edited it, hahahha. I remembered it a few seconds later.
    11-24-2012, 03:14 PM
So does the crupper do the same thing as a breastplate?

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