I need to replace my old breastplate (something about rotting leather making it totally useless if I can't get the piece replaced ). Here's the thing... my saddle fits great, I don't really need it with this saddle/horse. I've always used one on XC as a "better safe than sorry" in case there was a problem with the saddle. We're doing the Canadian equivalent of BN, so it's not like the jumping efforts are massive.
We don`t use a martingale, so I don`t need something I can attach the strap to.
So which type would you go with (or none at all), and why...?
In the depths of time, the words uttered by early man as they leaped for the first time onto a prey animal with a brain the size of a golf ball, were undoubtedly, "Hold my beer and watch this...!"
There was no choice for my answer- any breastplate is better than no breastplate!!!
I prefer the polo type breastplate, but really, I rather have any type than none. Even a well fitting saddle can shift and move around when galloping cross country and jumping large fences, and when you start talking about the upper levels, their shape can change even over the course of a, umm, course.
I like the hunter breastplate because I can also use it for dressage where it helps remind me where to put my hands. I also feel like I often end up using a running briefly at some point or another during training with many horses, even those for whom it isn't routine.