Used Brown Leather & Elastic Breastplate Full Size $40
New Black Quality Leather Brass Hardware Breastplate Full Size $125
New Brown Raised Leather Stainless Steel Breastplate $195
Running Martingale Attachments: $90 $90 $20 Left to Right in picture. The Running Martingale Attachments attaches to the breastplate & reins to control head height of the horse.
How to Fit a Breastplate
A breastplate helps prevent a saddle from slipping backward. It must be fitted correctly to provide a secure fit without restricting the horse's breathing or interfering with the horse's natural jumping movements.
When fitting a breastplate, you should be able to:
Pull the breastplate up over the neck to see 3" of clearance.
Fit your fist between the chest and the center ring of the yoke, so it does not press against the windpipe and does not interfere with the horse's shoulder movements.
Place a fist in the space between the wither straps and withers.
Have some slack in the breast strap running between the front legs to connect to the girth.
If the breastplate is too tight, the front of the saddle gets pulled down, digging into the shoulders and restricting comfort and movement.
Types of Breastplates
3-Point - Attaches to the saddle at the dees and the girth; may have elastic inserts for flexibility and sheepskin padding at pressure points.
5-Point - Attaches to the saddle at five contact points; may have elastic inserts for flexibility and sheepskin padding at pressure points.
Elastic - Provides the least restriction to shoulders and attaches to the saddle dees to free the withers. The fit is a bit snug, but will not have any stretch when standing still.
Hunter - Attaches to the girth through the horse's legs and to the saddle dee rings. Traditionally all leather, but may have elastic inserts on the yoke as to not restrict the horse's shoulders. Victoria Bc
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