Breastplates & Cruppers: Front to Back Saddle Stabilization

Sometimes a saddle just doesn’t want to sit still, sliding either too far backward or forward in response to the type of riding you’re doing or your horse’s conformation. Luckily, two handy pieces of tack can help - breastplates and cruppers. “A breastplate will stop the saddle from sliding backwards down toward their bum and then, the reverse situation, a crupper will stop it from sliding forward onto their neck,” said Tracey Atherfold of Diamond H Tack, a Kelowna, B.C. shop serving English and western riders since 1995. Breastplates and cruppers shouldn’t be used to remedy an ill-fitting saddle and they’re meant to only engage when needed. If constantly in play, pressure from either can cause serious rubs, pain and may restrict movement. That’s why it’s important to understand how breastplates and cruppers work and fit. BREASTPLATES A breastplate, also breast collar or, less frequently, breast girth, is an arrangement…

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