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post #1 of 9 Old 05-13-2010, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Help with English Breastcollars?

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but what's the differance between English and Western breastcollars? I want to get an English one because my new dressage saddle slips on Rebel's back. Help?

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Western breastcollar:


English breastplate:


English breastplates are thinner and have a wither strap.
I believe breastplates are illegal in competition, so if you are looking to show, you might have to check that out.
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Western breastcollar:


English breastplate:


English breastplates are thinner and have a wither strap.
I believe breastplates are illegal in competition, so if you are looking to show, you might have to check that out.

They are not illegal in competition. Attached martingales are illegal in dressage and some hunter disciplines.
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^Agreed with Allison.
Breastcollars are not regarded as a training aid or crutch per se. They are simply to keep the saddle in place.

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Thanks for the clarification, AF.
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Thanks guys. It'd be rather embarrasing to go into the jumping arena and have my saddle slip onto his butt by the end of the round :)

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Thanks guys. It'd be rather embarrasing to go into the jumping arena and have my saddle slip onto his butt by the end of the round :)
Ah, I thought we were talking dressage from your OP.. I still want to check the rulebook about breastplates in dressage competition.
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In eventing dressage you can totally use a breastplate.

I'm sure you can at smaller schooling shows also, if you need to. Most people just don't use them because of their potential to limit shoulder freedom. They just keep on saddle shopping until they find one that doesn't shift. (At least this is what I have seen around here).

The only areas of competition where I would be skeptical would be the FEI levels.

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Thanks guys. It'd be rather embarrasing to go into the jumping arena and have my saddle slip onto his butt by the end of the round :)
Been there....done that......

My students are still laughing. I thought I got all the wind out of that ******.....
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