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  • What kind of breastplate do jumpers wear?
  • What breast plate is best to you on your jumper

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    05-29-2011, 12:07 PM

What kind of breastplate do you guys prefer for jumpers? The five way, the leather ones with elastic forks, or like the elastic heartshaped ones?
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    05-29-2011, 12:17 PM
I prefer ones that are all leather personally. Both of mine have no elastic on them at all. I've seen the elastic ones break at shows few times.
    05-29-2011, 12:19 PM
I LOVE the 5 point, but I'm an Eventer :P They're HUGE in the Eventing world.

I have a basic breast plate. A running martingale, minus the martingale.
    05-29-2011, 09:56 PM
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I like the 5 pt as well, or even the regular breastplates. Whatever works best and fits your horse comfortably. I was told by a clinician AND my vet that the kind that are just elastic and go around your horse's neck without anything inbetween their front legs are very dangerous. They said it's very easy to get them a little snug and if your horse puts his head down can cut off the circulation to his head causing him to pass out!! They've both claimed to see it happen on a several occasions and apparently it's a little scary because your horse doesn't give you any warning, they just go straight down. I got a new breast collar after that. :)

This is an example of what not to get:
Dover Saddlery | Elastic Jumper Breast Girth .
    05-29-2011, 10:02 PM
I have purposely not even looked at those kind just for that reason. Just looking at them makes me think danger! I am definitely staying away from those kind of breastplates. I really like the look of the five points and even though they are a little more I think it will be worth it. They look really comfy for the horse too!
    06-04-2011, 08:34 AM
I got a Y shaped elestic breastplate. I will upgrade to a 5 point when I stop buying rugs and save!! LOL the 5 points are used by eventers (i am an eventer) as it stablises the saddle. My "barn"owner (don't call them barns in australia) uses one even in dressage as her clydie cross has issues with saddle moving alot.
    06-06-2011, 12:47 PM
I have a question ; would this kind also be a no-no ?

    06-08-2011, 11:49 AM
Well all my horses are in breastplates and I rate them they can be dangerous yes but that's like anything your reins could be dangerous could get hooked onto something some peoples reins to long and go round their ankle I rate breastplates and I use the john whittaker showjumping bp
    06-17-2011, 08:49 PM
Originally Posted by huntersatheart    
i have a question ; would this kind also be a no-no ?

That's just another version of the 5-point breastplate. Instead of a complete combination it's more like two different breastplates strapped together. It's not really seen as much as the combo 5-point breastplate but they do the job just as well, definetly not a no-no.

Unless your just talking about this piece? Not a no-no, some people wont buy any other kind, they are supposed to be more secure than regular breastplates because they attach to the girth.
    06-19-2011, 05:42 PM
ED : yeah , I was just talking about the piece that goes around their chest , thanks ! (:

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