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    Default Breastplates in Dressage

    Are breastplates legal in dressage? My saddle keeps sliding back WAAAY down his back. I know part of the problem is that he sucks up when i put his girth on. Maybe i should try a narrower gullet on him?



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    Here is a link to the rule book. It is your very best source of information as to what's leagl and what's not.
    http://usef.org/documents/ruleBook/2013/08-DR.pdf
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    thanks so much!



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    sounds like you have a serious saddle fit issue; best solution would be to get a fitter out to get you fixed up; properly fitting saddle should not shift that much!
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    What if you would tighten the girth one hole at the time, walk him, tighten it back, get on and tighten him again once or twice during the ride?

    The saddle must not fit properly but the fact that it's slipping back doesn't mean you need a narrower one. I would say the opposite, the saddle might be floating on top of your horse's wither/back.

    Is your horse really round? Pony type?



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    yes



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    Breast plates are legal except for in High Performance classes.

    I am looking at using one on my horse. Very uphill. Very short backed. Nothing to keep it from sliding back. I have tried a great many options. This will have to suffice until we can see a master saddler.



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    I use a breastplate on my Ansur. No reason not to.



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