Breast Collars for the Styling Horse

Chief with a leather breast collar.
Chief with a leather breast collar.

 

Part of looking good when tacked up is the horse that is wearing a stylish breast collar which matches his saddle. There is more to looking good though. This piece of equipment does serve a purpose as I’ll talk about here in this post.

Various nylon breast collars.
Various nylon breast collars.


If I am planning a ride out where there are hills my mare steps out with a purple nylon breast collar that goes with her purple saddle pad. There are any kind and color that can be matched up with the rest of your equipment.  You can find a variety of breast collars at http://www.horsesaddleshop.com/breastcollars.html

What’s it made of?

A breast collar is made up of a series of straps in a “Y” shape, going around the front part of the horse. One thinner strap goes between the front legs and hooks to the small ring on the strip of the cinch. The side straps go across the horse’s shoulders and attach to the rings on the saddle. They come in a nylon material or leather with all kinds of tooling and some have designs and Conchos to brighten them up.

 

How does it fit?

When attaching the collar it is pretty easy to fit it to the horse. All you have to do is tweak the straps so that you can pass your hand under the band. The centerpiece should be tight enough so that horse doesn’t accidentally step into it. If that happens you will probably end up with a broken piece of tack and a scared horse, so be sure and take the time to do the fitting.

Some fancy collars.
Some fancy collars.

It should fit just right like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. She had to have everything “just right” before she was satisfied. It’s kind of the same. If the straps are too loose it won’t do any good and the saddle will slip and slide around and won’t do the job it is intended for. The same can be said if it’s too tight. The horse will not be able to move in a comfortable way and do the work he’s supposed to perform. Too tight or too loose can cause sores on the back where the saddle sits or on the horse’s shoulders as well.

What’s the use?

The reason horsemen use a collar is to prevent the saddle from slipping around while doing different activities; be it out on the range working cattle or competing in a sports event at a horse show or rodeo. The ranch horse has a lot of up and down hills to navigate or when the cows have to be roped for branding. The cowboy needs his saddle to stay in place.
In the sports arena, the horse is moving fast for a lot of the events such as reining, roping, barrel racing, and bulldogging. If the saddle slipped the cowboy could be hurt and lose in the competition. Having well-fitted equipment in this area of horsemanship is essential.

Leather breast collars.
Leather breast collars.

Even when not competing the breast collar looks nice. There are some fancy tooled leather items with Conchos, beads, and bling. I think about the parade horse with all the silver on the saddles and bridles and other accessories. Don’t you love to watch a parade where the horse is all tacked up fancy, pretty, and prancing showing off to the crowd? Yeah, me too.

The link to shop for collars is http://www.horsesaddleshop.com/breastcollars.html
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