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  • 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.


    This is what I currently have:


    Running Attachment (but I have the one w/ elastic):

    Standing Attachment (sending back):

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



    • #3
      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.


      • Original Poster

        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.


        • #5
          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!


          • #6
            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.


            • #7
              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!


              • #8
                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.
                If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous


                • #9
                  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.


                  • Original Poster

                    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.


                    • #11
                      For hunters you will "fit in" better if you use a regular standing martingale and not your breastplate.


                      • #12
                        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.
                        Why do I like most horses better than most people?


                        • Original Poster

                          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.


                          • #14
                            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!