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post #1 of 26 Old 12-03-2012, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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Breast Collars?

Ok, one more stupid question from the newbie!

I noticed while looking through the photos here (in avatars and threads) that some of you are riding with a breast collar and some of you are not. What has made you decide to use one or not?

I am slowly accumulating tack so I'm just curious as to whether or not I'll need one when it comes time to purchase my saddle.
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post #2 of 26 Old 12-03-2012, 12:40 AM
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Helps keep the saddle in place. Say you're riding up steep hills, won't slide back.
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post #3 of 26 Old 12-03-2012, 12:44 AM
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I'd use one in the mountains but that is about it.
Otherwise, to me, it is a piece of unnecessary equipment that can break, cause problems, or get in the way.

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My horse bloats like balloon when I try to tighten the cinch so its saved me a couple of times from eating dirt. Helps give newer riders extra security sometimes also in certain situations.
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post #5 of 26 Old 12-03-2012, 12:53 AM
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I use one when riding in the mountains. Stops the saddle from sliding too hard back in extreme situations, when properly adjusted. I sometimes throw it on for jumping as well, in case of saddle slipping. Otherwise, it's just another piece of tack, and I like to keep things simple whenever I can.

I also sometimes ride with it just to complete my "look" in public. My breast collar and bridle match.
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post #6 of 26 Old 12-03-2012, 12:55 AM
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we ride where there are alot of steep up/down hills, I use one on my mare, she doesn't have a high withers either so the saddle sometimes will move but the breast collar helps....
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post #7 of 26 Old 12-03-2012, 01:19 AM
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I always use a breast collar, always have and always will. It holds the saddle in place while running and such. Also helps keep the saddle from sliding back when riding in the mountains as well.

It is a personal preference, and I personally will always use them.
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post #8 of 26 Old 12-03-2012, 01:20 AM
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Depends on the horse, his build, your event, ect...

I use one on my trail horse since we climb and adventure alot too.
But his is a thick ranch style & straight across the chest.

Where my barrel horse use a slim raised breast collar up around his neck style so he still had free range in his shoulders for speed.

Its smarter to purchase the horse first so you can properly purchased fitted tack to your horses individual needs. Otherwise you can run into problems even injury to you or your horse with improperly fitted tack.
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post #9 of 26 Old 12-03-2012, 01:31 AM
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I rarely use a breast collar/martingale now as I do show & it is not in vogue anymore,lol. I could probably use it when out on trail or starting horses but never seem to think of it...
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post #10 of 26 Old 12-03-2012, 08:20 AM
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I have used one for trail but it was borrowed equipment. I am trying to find the right one to purchase for trail use. Like the others say it to keep the saddle from slipping on the trail. It can also be part of the "show". Which is what I think of the big tricked out ones with all the crystal and bling being for. I am having a hard time finding a simple breast collar without any tool or bling for trail riding. I can't see my horse looking good with a whole small tree hanging off the breast collar because it got hung up on some crystal or conch.
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