|Schneider Saddlery Premier Raised Fancy Stitched Breastplate|
There are some things that I buy for Casey that are solely for functionality. Then there are the things that I buy her just because they are fun, or cool, or fancy. But the best things to buy are those that are both functional and fun, cool, and fancy. Schneider Saddlery's Premier Raised Fancy Stitched Breastplate is exactly one of those things that ticks all of the boxes.
I started looking into breastplates, because I noticed that as the jumps started going up in height, my saddle started to very slightly slip back. Now, my saddle isn't perfect, but it has been approved by both my trainer and my vet as a saddle that fits Casey very well. I think that a little bit of saddle slippage is ok, but I knew that I would feel better if I had an extra piece of equipment as a backup.
|Extra stability while jumping|
The Premier Raised Fancy Stitched Breastplate is made out of buffalo leather. Buffalo leather is known for its suppleness and durability. I'm not a leather expert, but I'd say that this product seems to be strong, and it is definitely bendable. It molds itself around the shape of the horse. The leather feels smooth and seems tough, like it would take a lot to hurt it. It isn't a soft leather, but then again, I don't think that breastplates should really be made out of soft leathers.
|Buffalo leather breastplate|
Even though this breastplate isn't the fanciest of all breastplates, it is pretty awesome looking. It has simple clean lines, and the silver heavy-duty hardware provides a nice accent to the dark brown leather. The middle ring that holds together all of the straps looks especially nice in my opinion. I really like the simplicity of this breastplate. Other styles are in trend right now, like fluffy sheep fur pads, multiple connection points, and colorful straps, but those trends might fall out of fashion and straight-up clean leather will never be out of fashion.
|Clean leather and silver hardware|
There are very few options when it comes to this product. The only color option is havana, but that works for me since it's the color of the rest of my tack. As far as sizing, there are two options; cob or full size. I opted for the full size for Casey, knowing that the belly strap was going to be too long. I wanted to make sure that she had plenty of shoulder room and since it's always possible to punch holes in leather I decided to go bigger. Casey's a pretty standard size Thoroughbred and the full size is a bit big on her. The shoulder straps are about the right length for her, but the belly strap was huge. I had to punch 3 holes in it to make it fit her. That being said, I do not think she would have fit in the cob size and so I think I made the right choice.
|Jumping with the breastplate|
Overall I think that this is a great breastplate if you are looking for something that is simple and affordable.
|Casey approves too!|