They're a great design for added security (keeping the saddle in place) over larger fences (Prelim and up). I've got one from Devoucoux and ended up paying a lot for it. Bit of Britain always has quality tack for sale and the price for this breastplate can't be beat.
Which I loved but end up just using the rings that attached saddle as there was not enough points of adjustment. NOT a fan of the old style polo type but this one above worked GREAT with just being attached to girth. Unlike the polo ones it does not cut a lot of horses across shoulder. I like the new "TRENDY" type I guess as it is more of a hybrid which fits higher than a normal polo and does not pull on the D's
I want one for my horse...my saddle slides back a bit and i think that this particular one will help keep my saddle from slipping..now for the money to pay for it....this is a lot better priced than the devoucoux....that is definatly on my wish list....
At the Lucinda clinic this week, she was asked about these and relplied that Phippa F helped design this and her husband William comment was if this was going to hold the saddle in place then it was restricting something and he wouldnt use it
Well thanks for sucking the fun right out of the twinkie.
If the 5 point breastplate works best for you then use it, but don't just get it because its trendy, which is what you often see at the lower levels. Someone's horse decked out and bitted up because the rider thinks its cool, not because the horse needs it.