Cards on the table here, I need help figuring out what I want when it comes to my next breastplate.
I have no clue what I actually like, and I find hearing people’s feedback on style/brands really helps me think about my own likes and dislikes.
So here is the situation:
Current breastplates – a Warmblood sized 5 point that used to have sheepskin on parts of it (fun) which could be removed for washing (handy) that got dyed by some black sheepskin I washed with them (oops) and have subsequently lost the little bits too (typical).
The sheepskin has long since departed, and now velcro sits on his shoulders
Quality-wise it’s actually held up really well given I always jump in a breastplate, no ifs/ands/buts and I have literally no idea where it came from so who even knows how quality it is supposed to be.
However, as B is very much horse sized, this breastplate is not the best fit and is getting on a bit in age.
Everything is on the tightest hole and I still don’t love the fit.
The elastic is also green.
Neither of these things are working for me.
I could go way back in time to my very first breastplate, which is still in my possession and still functional, as it’s a horse sized 3 point black breastplate with black elastic but if the quality of the 5 point is debatable, the 3 point I know is of cheap make.
Small gear glow up since I was 15
Nice? Not so much.
This is nice, but is it too bulky? And will I feel the same way about the navy elastic in the future I do now about the green?
Now, despite this being on my “needs to be upgraded list” for some time… I haven’t been able to pull the trigger on a replacement breastplate – circle back to “I have no idea what I want” at the start of this post.
Personally, I feel like blaming the AMOUNT OF OPTIONS we have these days.
There’s no doubt I have a thing for Kentaur, what with my new saddle and my open fronts. It’s simple and the elastic won’t be an issue, but is it AS stable as a five point?
5 point, 3 point, stockmans, anatomical you name it.
Do I want elastic? Or not?
Has anyone actually ever found much difference between the different styles and the way it has helped stabilize the saddle or allowed a freer range of motion for the horse?
Or I could go something really different like the Lumiere Vida which has a detachable girth strap. I love this company and I love options.
What about fluff? I love fluff! But is there a point where people start to wear too much fluff? My head says yes, my heart isn’t sure.
All I know is, I want something sleek, clean and tidy looking which won’t have me regretting my choices within the next 12 months.
Facts, research or just plain old opinions – throw it at me!
Brands, styles, I don’t care but let me know what works for you!