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Saddle Breeching

saddle breeching

Saddle breeching (also called saddle britchen) is a set of straps that lay behind the animal's thighs and attach to the back of the saddle and the rigging hardware. Its purpose is to help keep the saddle from slipping forward on rough terrain or on low withered horses. Saddle breeching, a sturdier alternative to the crupper, is standard on most pack and mule saddles.

saddle breecing
Saddle breeching is usually made of harness leather or felt-lined nylon. Proper adjustment is crucial so as not to irritate the horse or mule or restrict their movement. Some saddles may come with dees for attaching the breeching straps, but most will require having them added.



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