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StormyBlues 06-07-2010 01:48 PM

Breastgirth V. Breastplate
So, which do you like better? And for what?

I use a 5-point breastplate because it does the job of both. It attatches to the top Dees on the saddle and the girth so it keeps the saddle from slipping at all points. And it looks very nice out on the XC.

eventerdrew 06-07-2010 01:57 PM

breastplate. I would never, ever use a breastgirth for any reason. Studies show that it restricts air flow because of the constricting design.

I love my Nunn Finer breastplate with elastic. It's lovely!

StormyBlues 06-07-2010 01:59 PM

That's an interesting point Drew. If it restricts air flow, why do so many **** riders use them? That's also why I like my 5 point, it doesn't restrict

eventerdrew 06-07-2010 02:28 PM

I have no idea why. But every BNT that I've talked to at least will NOT use them because of the air flow thing. I mean... look at the things... does THIS look comfortable to you?:

StormyBlues 06-07-2010 02:42 PM

I'm not talking those breastgirths more as I'm talking about the ones that connect to the acctual girth. I would NEVER use that. like this.

kmacdougall 06-07-2010 03:16 PM


Originally Posted by StormyBlues (Post 654071)
I'm not talking those breastgirths more as I'm talking about the ones that connect to the acctual girth. I would NEVER use that. like this.

Stormy, I have one like that. I haven't used it in a while cause my horse doesn't really need it at all, but I do like it.. To be honest I'm just a little lazy and don't feel like cleaning it and putting it on.

smrobs 06-07-2010 05:04 PM

Though I don't ride english, we have some very similar setups in the western world and there are many of them that I would never use because I have seen the saddle slip and the horse ended up choked down because of them. Anything that will go along the slope of the shoulder and meet at a low enough point on the chest that there is no risk of interference is always the best plan.

MIEventer 06-07-2010 07:59 PM

I use a breastplate - while most riders at lower levels don't really need them unless they have a horse who has an odd shape to them where the saddle will slip back over those low fences that us lower level riders go over - they are useless, but look good.

I use mine purely for looks, because I don't like how it looks when a horse has just a saddle on. The Breast Plate finishes the picture.

StormyBlues 06-07-2010 09:06 PM

^agreed. Really, if the saddle fits right, you'll never need one. My friend who does Intermidate level didn't use one until he did **'s this year because his Devacoux is costom. But boy does the brestplate look good :) I use one in dressage and then one in jumping. It just looks... profesional I guess would be the right word to me!

Tymer 06-07-2010 09:37 PM

I use a breastplate and I love it. I use it because my horse is an idiot so whenever the saddle gets too far back in the least she twitches and pushes it back FURTHER. Then when we jump it always falls way back. (For the record, its not cause she's hurt, she just knows that if the saddle comes off she can't be ridden, haha.)
I personally don't like breastgirths. I have this image in my mind of a girth that's in the perfect spot, but is diagonal cause the saddle's far back. I dunno why. Who knows.

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