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Breastplate suggestions...again...

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  • Breastplate suggestions...again...

    This topic has apparently been brought up many times - but, I thought since the 5-point variety have been available for a while now, it might be a good time to get an updated review. My particular concern is for my big TB, with a very prominent wither & huge shoulder. I used a traditional all-leather hunting breastplate and wouldn't use it again - seemed to put excessive pressure on the wither area when it was coming into effect. Not sure if it's just the one that I have in my tack-room, or a commonality with that design. The 5-point ones are not 'up my alley' - that amount of leather seems like it would be a headache, but if they actually distribute the pressure successfully - well, I guess I'd deal. How about a polo breast-collar with neck strap? I'm sure there must be others out there with a 17h TB with big withers & shoulders that have found the answer.

    I am local to both a Dover & Smartpak store, so if it's available there, that would be great, especially to work out any size or return issues if needed. Not mandatory, but they are easy companies to deal with.
    Last edited by goodmorning; Jan. 24, 2011, 03:03 PM.

  • #2
    I too have a big 17.1hh TB mare. She is very broad, wears an 83'' blanket and has a high withers. I use this breast plate and have had great luck with it on several horses like her:

    It really holds my saddle in place and she never seems to be inhibited by it. The only problem I found this summer was a little chaffing on her chest if she got really sweaty on a long trail ride. She is very sensitive so I'm not too surprised but I may need to find something with possibly fleece there.

    I have not tried the 5 point or the polo breast collars. The 5 point seem a bit excessive to me, I know I don't want to do up 15 straps every time I ride when I can get the same thing in a more simple form. The polo breast collars seem like they work well and I've heard good things!


    • #3
      My boy is a draft x, but he's got withers and a pretty good shoulder without being massive (MW saddle tree, 84" blanket), and I'm using the five point. Not only that, but my boy is green and only jumps up to about 2'6" right now, so I probably look like an idiot, too.
      That said, once I had the five point adjusted, it really takes me no more time to put on that any other breastplate does. I do think it works a lot better than anything else I've tried on him.
      Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique


      • Original Poster

        Reagan & cleo - can you post a link or let me know what brand & style of breastplate you use?


        • #5
          My TB has really broad shoulders as well, and tends to get rubs really easily. I was thinking of going the 5-point route, but just decided it was way too much stuff for me to buckle/unbuckle every ride
          So I went with this one (very similar to Reagan's):
          It's a little expensive for sure - I was lucky enough to get it really cheap during holiday promotions. But I do have to say I'm really happy with it - it's awesome quality and does a great job keeping my saddle in place even with my horses' exuberant jumping style I haven't gotten to use it yet for cross country (stupid winter) so I can't say whether or not it would rub a lot in that situation, but so far for show jumping and normal schooling, no rubs at all.


          • #6
            My boy goes in the Nunn Finer (one of the few I could find in oversize)...awkward cell phone picture here.

            Also, just to show that I am the biggest eventing poser, Charlie rocking the five point at his first ever CT.
            Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique


            • #7
              I am a firm lover of the simple polo breastcollar with a neck strap. We have one that I think I paid a whopping $30 or so for. It's elastic around the front with leather ends and a leather strap. We evented all last year with it and I believe it performs the intended purpose better than anything else. I used to use a leather breastplate, but it was nowhere near as effective as the breastcollar.
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              • #8
                This is the one I use. Pretty much like Reagan.

                My horse is a shark finned arab with big shoulders and dips behind the withers. This breast plate works well.

                My only complaint is that I am a wimpy rider and would prefer something that crosses the neck for an Oh Shoot strap. I normally ride with a standing martingale and prefer to grab the martingale strap rather than grab mane. I am considering buying just the martingale neck strap. Just something to keep in mind if you like that extra handhold.
                Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)


                • #9
                  Originally posted by wildlifer View Post
                  I am a firm lover of the simple polo breastcollar with a neck strap. We have one that I think I paid a whopping $30 or so for.
                  me too.
                  Courbette makes a nice one.
                  And you could have the awesome peeps at Bartville (sp?) make you one.

                  I have a 17h TB that is basically a WB.

                  Or buy the collar from Nunn Finer and purchase the neck strap to go with.

                  I prefer one with collar and strap fixed though...I think the Nunn Finer can slip around?

                  I will ONLY use a collar. I've tried a bit of ever style and this is what I love.

                  You can see mine on any of the pics of the grey horse on my website.
                  I bought it for 15 bucks in 1995. I'm throwing it away this year and buying a black courbette collar.
                  Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SonnysMom View Post
                    This is the one I use. Pretty much like Reagan.

                    That's the same one I use on my 17 TB with big shoulders and a neverending shark fin. It works great. She loves it.

                    My only complaint is that since there's no strap over the neck, sometimes the clippy ends (where it connects to the d-ring) slip low and rub the calfskin on the flaps of my saddle. Sometimes they even slip down to interfere with my knee. This wasn't a problem with my old saddle (which had more forward flaps), but this saddle fits better so the breastplate doesn't engage as much and tends to flap.

                    Still, it's a minor complaint,,, and I am just ghetto enough to tie some hay string to hold it in place.


                    • #11
                      I just go with the other classic:
                      "Red on the right, white on the left, insanity in the middle."