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  1. #1
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    Default Standing Martingale Attachment

    I'm on the hunt for a standing martingale attachment for my breastplate. I have the running attachment but I need the standing for Hunter shows.

    I have a Nunn Finer breastplate and I love the matching running attachment. So I ordered the standing version. HATE it. Am sending it back. You have to literally take it apart to attach it. Where the running is a buckle in the front and take 3 seconds to put on or take off.

    I want something that is similar to that and I can easily put on (for o/f classes) and take off (for the hacks).

    It doesn't have to match exactly... but close would be nice.

    Suggestions?

    This is what I currently have:

    Breastplate:
    http://www.vtosaddlery.com/Merchant2...egory_Code=BAM

    Running Attachment (but I have the one w/ elastic):
    http://www.vtosaddlery.com/Merchant2...egory_Code=BAM

    Standing Attachment (sending back):
    http://www.vtosaddlery.com/Merchant2...egory_Code=BAM



  2. #2
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    Beval has one on sale with a clip. No picture (of course) but worth a phone call since it is only $29.98!

    http://www.beval.com/Products/Newpor...t/6006200.aspx



  3. #3
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    You can keep the one you have if you take it apart and add a clip. Voila, clip it on when you need it.

    You are probably better off getting a standing martingale and showing without the breastplate at hunter shows, though. They are not "fashionable" and will stick out in a ring full of breastplate-less horses.



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    I'm a bit weary of just having it attached by a clip. I have this image of it snapping.

    I do have a regular standing martingale but I'm finding my saddle fits better w/ the breastplate.



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    I second the clip idea if you will use the breastplate. You can get a brass one (if your breastplate is brass) that will be very sturdy or a regular chrome one for about $1 at a hardware store and easy on/easy off!



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    I do the same thing with the clip. I HAVE to use a breastplate on my gelding, otherwise the saddle ends up on his tail. The snap makes life SOOOOO much easier at shows and never had a problem with it breaking.



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    I would also do the snap. Think about it: if your horse slings his head hard enough to break a metal snap, the fact that your martingale is broken is the least of your worries!



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    I honestly don't think I've ever seen a standing attachment that buckles on in the same fashion as the running attachments.

    Like others have said, if ease of removal is what you're after, get a clip.
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    I have the same attachements. Just use a clip- it can be confusing to get it undone and put the clip on but once the clip is on life is easy.



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    Okay, thanks... will see if I can find a snap. I've already taken it apart once trying to figure out how in the hell I was going to get this sucker on and off????? LOL

    I wonder why they just don't come w/ a snap. Seems what everyone does in the end anyways.




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    For hunters you will "fit in" better if you use a regular standing martingale and not your breastplate.



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    I do the hunters and I use what used to be called a "quick-change" martingale -- I sometimes see it called a "yoke" now. It doesn't have the straps to attach to the saddle the way a breastplate does. Anyway, I second the clip. Makes life a bazillion times easier at the shows.



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    Thanks again everyone. I picked up a swivel trigger snap last night.

    I took the attachment apart, put the snap on, put it back together and then took it out to the barn today and tried it out. Perfect.

    I only do the local/schooling/backyard stuff in Hunters anymore. I've been doing more eventing stuff lately. My trainer/BM owns her own farm along w/ running the one I'm at. So we are talking about a schooling show (very laid back) at both barns once a year (so 2 shows). 1/2 chaps and casual attire is acceptable. And occasionally I'll go to Lakeside which is part of our local circuit but is also laid back and non-rated. I would probably use my regular standing martingale for that.

    So I'm not overly concerned about us not fitting in. Trust me... I see alot stranger things than a breastplate w/ a standing attachment w/ a snap.

    I'd rather use the breastplate if it helps keep my saddle from slipping to the side (which it has) than worry too much about fashion.



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    Default Hey Linda

    How's it going? Junior and I will be doing our first event at Spring Bay in April. He's really matured, and we're even doing "real" dressage now. Haven't had time to do a Lakeside show this year, I really miss the cheeseburgers!



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