Martingale collars and breastplates for horses are pieces of tack specifically designed for a purpose.
A martingale is used to control the horse's head carriage and sees use in many different riding disciplines in both riding and driving., they also act as an additional thing for the rider to hold onto. A horse breastplate on the other hand is a piece of tack used to ensure the saddle or harness of the rider does not slip or slide backwards.
Both are important pieces which often get over-looked by riders, but both are extremely useful.
When to use Martingales and Horse Breastplates
By controlling the horse's head, a martingale is an extremely popular option when it comes to show-jumping, cross-country or general showing. However, it should be noted that martingale collars for horses are not BD legal. Breastplates on the other hand are usable in all disciplines and are extremely handy for riders of all ages and sizes.
When it comes to using martingales for showing and competition, some disciplines allow them for schooling but not for an officially judge outing and in some cases, martingales are prohibiting entirely. Unlike with horse breastplates, it is important that you check beforehand whether or not your discipline allows you to use a martingale collar.
If you would like to find out more about horse breastplates and martingale collars please do not hesitate to contact one of our team.