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  • Do jumpers qhere breastplates
  • Badly fitting breastplate

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    12-02-2012, 11:51 PM

I think I've seen the same amount of horses with one as I have without.

What are your opinions on breastplates when jumping? I've never noticed my saddle slipping back (although we don't really jump anything big)

Does there come a point where a breastplate would be necessary?

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    12-02-2012, 11:52 PM
If your saddle slips while jumping, IMO you should use one.

Personally, I love the look of a breastplate. I use one when I jump my speed bump level jumps. I also use one when trail riding because I have one with LED lights on it and it makes us very visible and lights our way a little bit.
    12-02-2012, 11:56 PM
I think they look so nice.

Would there be a reason to not use one??
    12-02-2012, 11:56 PM
My horse bloats like a b. So a breastplate is crucial for me. I know its saved me from the dirt quite a few times. I think its also important for starting riders as a confidence boost while they are gaining their balance still. All lot of riders around here don't use breast plates for English. But I'm sure its flashy. I vote yes.
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    12-03-2012, 12:25 AM
Looks I know what's going on my Christmas wish list.. hahah
    12-03-2012, 02:20 AM
I ride in a 3 point. My next big purchase will be a much more appropriate 5 point. My horse jumps pretty hard and the saddle tends to slip. While I like the way they look, it is of the most importance that they fit well and that you're not just using a breast plate as an answer to an ill fitting saddle. Which I see a lot of on the jumper circuit!
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    12-03-2012, 08:00 AM
I never have problems with my saddle slipping, but I use one because I like the look. I'm saving up for a five-point to complete that XC "look".
    12-03-2012, 10:14 AM
I LOVE my breastplate. I have a 3-point, and it has saved my butt plenty of times(: I would love to have a 5-point, but I don't have the money right now. Plus, they look awesome
    12-03-2012, 10:46 AM
Add me to the list of "I like how it looks," lol.

In all honesty though, I don't think it really does that much. It will help extreme slipping, sure, but the breastplate would have to be on very tight to stop all slipping.
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    12-03-2012, 06:17 PM
I like using one on xc when doing banks and water and they might be taking some leaps. Other than that, if your saddle fits you shouldnt need one. I personally don't use a breastplate with elastic, because I've seen them snap before and it is not a pretty sight.

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