What type of breast plate should I get?
I have recently (past 9 months) transitioned from western to english riding. I am needing to get a breast plate as my saddle is having a sliding issue and my trainer suggested I get a breast plate. I am currently only jumping with my OTTB (and some dressage) but will very likely be eventing with him.
I am looking at different breast plates at various stores and I definitely need help and guidance as I have no clue the difference between breast plates (4 and 5 points etc), I also recognize I may need a different breast plate for jumping, eventing, etc. but please guide me here cause I have no clue!
Two point breast collar. Mostly used by jumper riders, it gives the least control on saddle slippage.
Three point, also referred to as a hunting breastplate, offers better control as it keeps the saddle in place by including holding the girth area. However, not having attachments at the upper portion on either side of the girth might allow some slippage. The advantage here is it is much easier to put on and take off, especiallt if you put snaps on all of the connections.
I really like the five point, as it holds almost every area that the saddle can slip. MUCH more secure. The disadvantage is that they are a pain to put on and take off every time you use them. Not very elegant, either.....
I do eventing and bought a really nice 5-point breastplate, but haven't used it yet as the horse I bought it for retired and my new boy is not ready to jump any considerable height and/or go cross country yet. I can't wait to use it though!
I know nothing about jumping, eventing (don’t even know what it is actually), hacking etc., and I have only ever ridden in an English saddle once, so know nothing about them in the detail either, and I'm curious as to when the saddle should sit on the horse's back through good saddle fit and not move, and when it doesn’t; and what part things like a breast plate or a crupper might play in this. At what point is the breast plate, or crupper, there to compensate for a horse jumping etc., compared to the point where one might say “I should start to examine just how well my saddle fits”?
I have just a 3 point breastplate that doesn't have the piece over the withers, very similar to this:
My girl has high withers so her saddle fits but sometimes slips back a bit while jumping or galloping, so it works very well for that, as it is just a little front to back, not side to side slippage. If you've got side to side slippage happening you'd have to go with one that offers more stability. I am a big fan of the ones with elastic, they have more give and are more comfortable for the horse, especially when jumping or galloping.
I do want to get a nice 5 point breastplate sometime though, I love how they look and the extra stability it offers will come in handy as we move up.
Some horses are changing shape so fast (ie young horses) that even getting a saddle fitter out every 6 months, will not prevent saddle slip.
Some people can't afford a new saddle and use a breastplate as a temporary measure while they save for a new one.
Some people, like myself, always jump in a breastplate just in case. Just in case the saddle slips (even though it hasn't before), just in case I fall - I dont want the saddle rotating, freaking my horse out and contributing to an injury.
The last thing you want is for this to happen....
NaeNae87, I had a heart attack looking at that picture you posted. Talk about a nightmare scenario! O_o
Wow, that’s the strangest way of riding a horse I have ever seen.
Oh and Eventing is a 3 phase event consisting of Dressage, Show Jumping (for us Aussies) also called Stadium Jumping in the US and finally Cross Country. 2 of the 3 phases consist of jumping.
I have actually seen a saddle slip like that at an event! We were all standing there absolutely HORRIFIED watching this girl riding get farther and farther back as she jumped her stadium course, wondering why she wasn't pulling up because obviously there was a problem that both she and her horse noticed!! Somehow she made it around without falling off, and the saddle wasn't quite back as far as in the photo above, but dang it was close!! Was definitely scary to watch though.
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