Looks like a good idea but I just googled it and the first website I found was selling it for £40 I have a synthetic stirrup leather cr(£10 per pair) running from one D ring to the other and that does the job
Post by anastasia55555 on Dec 30, 2010 11:03:37 GMT 1
Was just interested to see what this was havent looked it up but that does sound rediculous jenny! if they think a horses chin and mouth should get that close to their chest they need their head inspecting! good old neck strap or a cr*p strap do a good job and neither have to cost you anything. Sounds like the above item is a bit of a gimicy thing to get you to part with cash when there are already things that do the job just aswell
Post by 2 bays & a grey:D on Dec 30, 2010 15:44:52 GMT 1
I have to say I used a balancing strap (similar thing I think and cheaper), some 'nice' people went cantering off into the sunset and Nancy turned herself inside out, all 4 feet coming off the floor, if it wasn't for the balancing strap I would have hit the deck, an old instructor also used bailing twine, again helped me stay in the saddle, so if it helps with your confidence then I would say go for it!
I'm currently using a bit of plaited baling twine, doesn't look too smart but it's doing what I want. It goes from D to D and I've made it long enough so I can have my one hand on the reins in more or less their usual position and can slip my fingers through it if I feel something (usually a buck!) is likely to happen. We hopefully don't really need it any more but it's staying for the time being.
I know someone who has one and swears by it. She re-backed a tricky mare with one of these. The mare was prone to huge bucks and the owner could stay on with this. The advantage to it is that you can keep your hands in a normal riding position and you hold it all the time so if their is a sudden problem you have a chance of staying on.
I'm riding my beloved Badger in this pic, the little piebald. If you look closely you will see my left hand has actually got both the rein and the strap that attaches the breastplate to the saddle.
I got into the habit of always using this kind of breastplate when riding a lot of youngsters, and also because for years I had a wayward hand and could keep it still by having a strap attached to the saddle. You can either grab the strap that goes over the horses neck, or grab the straps that attach to the saddle. Badger is completely reliable, but I feel completely naked riding without a neck strap of some sort, and it has definitely helped me stay in the plate over the years! ;D