Sssooo. My horse isn't uphill or anything so I don't need it for flatwork but would it be smart to get one if I'm going to be riding lots of trails with him this summer?
I use a breastplate all the time, and my horse doesn't need one. His saddle fits well and I don't use a martingale, but I like the look of the breastplate.
I like how they look, I feel without one - my horse looks nekkid. And I like to have one there for security if I need to grab onto it.
It doesn't really matter, but they are hard to clean :lol:
I have a Zilco breast collar and crupper that are easy to keep clean. Much more so than the leather which gets sweaty and nasty pretty quick. Mine looks exactly like this
crupper like mine only mine is the same red color as the collar
I think they both work together to keep my saddle in place on my very low withered short backed horse.
Breast collars are a Great thing to have if your trailriding! it helps keep the saddle in place when going up and down hills it also helps to keep it in place when the girth gets a little loose. I know some people that wont even think of riding with out them. And if you get a synthetic one they are very easy to clean
any horse on trails should have a proper fitting breast collar on to help stablize the saddle up and down hills and to prevent it from sliding out of place
I have one that hangs off the neck and attaches to the saddle and girth.I need to start using it again, it sucks to get off and readjust the saddle after a steep hill.
Mohair Breast Collar
I use a Mohair breast collar.. Frassy loves it! The mohair wicks the moisture better than leather or biothine.. Just like her mohair cincha. I agree that the use of a breast collar helps keep the saddle in place and lets you use less pressure on the girth area. Also I recomend the use of a crupper. When the horse gets accustomed to them they use them as tools when mounting, going up or down hills, and pulling downed tree limbs. When I mount or go down a hill I can feel Fras clamp down on th crupper with her tail muscle (one of their strongest muscles) to keep everything in place. I use them every ride, even short ones so the horse toughens the hide under the tail and learns to use it.
Here is Frass collar
I used to use one a lot with my old saddle which fit well on it's own. I was borrowing a Crates saddle that fit Cope pretty well, but for some reason it caused the chest collar to rub the spot where the three pieces attach to each other in his chest. It made a little bald spot there, so I took it off. I feel kinda bad because I've been looking for one to work with the Simco saddle I have now, but haven't. We're going on an 18 mile trail ride tomorrow...so I guess it's a good thing the trail doesn't have many hills... There will be a tack vendor there though, and I plan on seeing if they have anything I like.
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