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New breastplate- help me decide!

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  • New breastplate- help me decide!

    So I am looking for a new breastplate for my guy. I am trying to decide between the Nunn Finer hunting breastplate with elastic and the Nunn Finer hunting breastplate. Any thoughts? I like the idea of having the elastic for a little extra give and freedom but then I wonder how much of a pain it will be to keep the elastic clean with hair, dirt and sweat. What have been your experiences with these? TIA

  • #2
    I have the one with elastic. Have had it for 8 years. I just sponge the elastic parts and it seems fine. I tend to have horses with bigger shoulders so the give is key for me
    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


    • #3
      I have the 5 point elastic nun-finner breast plate:

      Adjustable for all horses. Easy to clean: rub the elastic with a wet sponge, and i take a cat brush to free up the gunk out of the cotton on the "points".
      Why walk when you can ride?


      • #4
        More questions

        To add to the OP's question:
        How fast does the elastic lose it's rebound? How hard is it to replace the elastic? Can it be done? What about the sheepskin fuzz?
        Intermediate Riding Skills


        • Original Poster

          whicker: thats a good point about the life of the elastic...I am curious to see what others experiences are


          • #6
            You REALLY need this one:

            Oooohhhhh....so pretty....must...resist...taking....out....credit. ..card....
            "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison

            So, the Zen Buddhist says to the hotdog vendor, "Make me one with everything."


            • Original Poster

              That is REALLY pretty!!!! They have such nice tack! Do I get a discount if I buy...everything!!!!


              • #8
                do a search on Bartville Harness in PA, their breastplates are the same as BoB's and MUCH cheaper
                No Trouble
                2/2/05 - 7/29/13
                Rest In Peace my quirky brave boy, I will love you forever.


                • #9
                  Also lots of us live close to Bartsville and will happily go get what you want and ship it to you, since they're amish and don't do internet etc.

                  "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


                  • Original Poster

                    Do they have a mail order catalog to look at?


                    • #11
                      I've had the elastic Nunn Finer for almost 10 years and never had a problem with it stretching or keeping it clean. I don't fit it so tightly that the elastic is always having to give- the only time it ever has to stretch is when the horse makes a big effort XC. And ditto the sponging comment- I've never had trouble keeping it clean. Highly recommend!
                      Balanced Care Equine


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by greyTBlove View Post
                        Do they have a mail order catalog to look at?
                        Yes, you have to call and ask them to mail it to you though. I don't have the number handy but I'm sure someone else on here does...
                        Balanced Care Equine


                        • Original Poster

                          I just called and left a message for a catalog. I did a search on their tack and I am really excited to get a catalog so I can order!! Looks like from the search I did that they make the nunn finer stuff?


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by greyTBlove View Post
                            I just called and left a message for a catalog. I did a search on their tack and I am really excited to get a catalog so I can order!! Looks like from the search I did that they make the nunn finer stuff?
                            Some, but not all of it. There is another thread talking about this right now or recently, if you do a search. It is great quality and terrific service regardless.
                            Balanced Care Equine


                            • Original Poster

                              Does anyone currently have a Bartville catalog that can look up the price for their hunting breastplate?


                              • #16
                                From the 2011 catalog
                                #83 Hunt Breastplate with Elastic Side Straps Havana or Black Solid Brass or SS Hardware
                                Cob and Horse Size $92.15
                                Oversized $95.85

                                #47 Hunt Breastplate Havana or Black Solid Brass or SS Hardware
                                Cob and Horse Size $84.65
                                Oversized $88.15

                                #50 Standing Attachment Havana or Black Solid Brass or SS Hardware C/H/OS $13.20

                                #49E Running Attachment with Elastic Havana or Black Solid Brass or SS Hardware
                                C/H $34.55
                                OS $37.45

                                #49 Running Attachment Havana or Black Solid Brass or SS Hardware
                                C/H $23.60
                                OS $25.70

                                I included the standing and running martingale attachments just in case.
                                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)


                                • #17
                                  I've had the elastic hunting breastplate for about two years, it's been through so much and still looks great! I like the classic look it provides and with the elastic it fits most all horses. Definitely recommend it!
                                  "Red on the right, white on the left, insanity in the middle."


                                  • #18
                                    I have had a couple of Bartville elastic breastplates over the years and for Pony Club formals I would keep them clean by using baking soda or a baking soda toothpaste and and a toothbrush.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by eventer_mi View Post
                                      You REALLY need this one:

                                      Oooohhhhh....so pretty....must...resist...taking....out....credit. ..card....
                                      Thanks for that link, very timely! It will arrive tomorrow, whoop!


                                      • #20
                                        Awww man... I should have ordered that one... I ordered the nunn-finer hunting five point one..... (was debating between the two) and the nunn-finer one is on backorder. Oh well... at least I could order boots too... which are also on back order Oh well.. can't win with the breastplate it seems.... it's been one epic fail after another with that!