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Breastplates & Martingales
A breastplate can prevent your saddle from slipping during jumping. A breastplate is also known as a martingale. You attach it to the sides of the saddle, while the other end runs between the horse's front legs to the girth. The type of breastplate you need depends on the discipline. Most professional show jumpers use a 3-point model. You attach this above the D-rings of the saddle or to the billet straps. Most eventers prefer a 5-point model, which is attached both at the top of the saddle and to the billet straps. This provides a more secure position for your saddle during the jump.
A martingale is an auxiliary rein that allows you to influence the horse's head and neck position. The most commonly used martingale is a "running martingale." It splits into two straps that are attached to the reins. A martingale ensures that when the horse raises its head, an angle is formed in the reins. This restricts the horse's ability to raise its neck. It is important to purchase the correct size of martingale. If it is too tight, it will exert pressure even with light rein aids. If it is too loose, it will have no effect. Pay attention to the part between the horse's front legs. If it is too loose, the horse's front leg can get caught in it during jumping.