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Harwich Elastic Breastplate by SmartPak

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Why We Love This

The Harwich Elastic Breastplate is built to last for everyday schooling!  Made with eye catching SmartPak Blue elastic which allows for greater freedom of movement while your horse is moving or jumping. The elastic inserts minimize the restriction on your horses shoulders yet still making sure your saddle is stabilized properly.

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  • Made from vegetable tanned North American leather
  • Dark blue stretch inserts for added comfort on the horse
  • Running martingale attachment included


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    Harwich Elastic Breastplate by SmartPak is rated 4.303 out of 5 by 33.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fit and Look! I have a smaller framed OTTB and purchased this for eventing purposes. It's veryadjustable and fits great! Looks sharp too!
    Date published: 2014-03-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this ! I just bought this and loved it, it fits perfectly and looks amazing quality!
    Date published: 2014-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A really good breastplate This is perfect for schooling.  Because of the elastic, I can't show hunters in it, but I wish I could.  Of all the various breastplate designs I have tried, this one seems the most comfortable for my horse.  He is a medium build 16.1 and I did punch an extra hole in the strap that goes to the girth.  The straps that attach to the saddle are on the last hole or so, but this is with D-savers, which add some length.  It fit my horse just like I would expect a horse size to fit him.  I would say it would fit a broad range of sized horses.  Certainly horses much bigger, and horses somewhat smaller too.  Really like the look and the quality.  Very pleased.  Seems like it will hold up well too.  Elastic is substantial and doesn't seem like it will wear out.
    Date published: 2013-12-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Nice Looking Breastplate This breastplate is really nice looking. The leather is soft, high quality, and a nice dark brown color. I'm a little concerned about how long until the elastic gets stretched out. I've used it twice now and I can already see a little stretching in it. But for now, it looks great and does a great job keeping my saddle in place. Time will tell on how long the elastic stays looking good.
    Date published: 2013-09-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Runs huge! One of the ladies at my barn has one of these. Her horse is a 17 hand big-bodied warm blood mare, and this was almost too big! I helped her adjust it and we had everything at the smallest hole. I ride her horse for her sometimes and use this breastplate when I do, and I can say that it does it's job and looks great doing it. I was going to buy it if she liked it, but as my horse is a little more petite, I wont be buying it. It's great, just waaaay huge!
    Date published: 2013-07-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The leather is soft right out of the bag and is good quality for the price. My 16hh Thoroughbred mare is fairly petite and I had to punch several holes in the leather to make it fit, but I was expecting that anyway. Unfortunately when I was adjusting one of the sides of the collar near the d ring, I pulled on the leather a little too hard and it cracked the leather a little, so I was annoyed that it did that the first time I used it. However I can't afford a $200+ breastcollar and you get what you pay for. The elastic is beautiful navy color and looks great on my grey horse. The running attachment is also very nice and has holes to adjust the length. Overall for the price, the leather is good, just not the best. I would probably recommend this to someone but just tell them to be careful not to pull too hard on the leather like I did.
    Date published: 2013-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality at a great price! Soft, supple leather. Fit my 15 hand Appy perfectly! Absolutely no rub marks or chafing. Only thing that would be nice would be color options ;)
    Date published: 2013-05-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Breastplate I got this breastplate for a 16.2 dutch warmblood. I love the breastplate, the only thing is it runs big. It would be nice if they would make it a little smaller. I have it on the last holes and it's still slightly large. The good thing about it is it would be very easy to punch some holes in, or don't use the clips to the dee's and it makes it more snug too. Overall, great quality just a little large.
    Date published: 2013-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice for the price I was worried about purchasing this breastplate since it only came in one size. I have a very typie, feminine, 16 hd thoroughbred who is generally a cob size on bridles and breastplates; however, she is almost always on the last holes. I tried the HDR cob breastplate, and it was too small. Then I tried HDR horse breastplate, and it swallowed her. I really wanted a 5 point, but I figured that would be even harder to fit, so I figured with free return shipping why not try this one.I was pleasantly surprised. I make it a point to never buy tack made in India, but this is good quality for Indian leather. The color is very dark, which matches my saddle well. The navy elastic is one of my XC colors, so that was a bonus. It fit her great! She is narrow in the chest and shoulders, and I had to put it on the smallest setting on the d-rings.I am very happy with the purchase.
    Date published: 2013-02-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice - Like The Elastic Leather quality not what I expected for the price.
    Date published: 2013-01-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I have been using this breastplate for a couple weeks and am thrilled not to have spent an arm and a leg on something so lovely! The leather is very dark and looks especially great after being oiled. I like that the martingale attachment is fully adjustable. I do have everything adjusted to the smallest size to fit my 16.1hh TB. If it stretches I will need to punch new holes, no big deal. My only wishes are that the martingale would come with a snap or clip to the breastplate for easy on/off, and a snap/clip on the girth attachment would be nice too. I noticed some of the super expensive all-leather breastplates also have a little padding on the round center section of the breastplate that sits mid-chest, which I suppose would make it a bit more comfortable. But my guy seems fine with this, and I imagine the leather will continue to soften up over time. It does look quite excellent and gets the job done.
    Date published: 2013-01-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Way Darker than I expected I ordered this with the Harwich Fancy Stitched bridle so that it would match but the breastplate is almost black in color and the leather isn't as supple as the bridle leather.
    Date published: 2013-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy Customer-Great Price and Quality! I have not tried this breastplate on my horse yet, but I was really pleased with the leather quality. This is the range I can afford and this is the best quality that I have ever bought for an average price range product - maybe any price range! Not to mention - I love the free shipping and discount for SmartPak users!
    Date published: 2012-11-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Breastplate/martingale! This thing is BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE it! The breastplate fits my horse pretty well but it does run large, especially the martingale attachment. I had to punch holes and it's still a bit long. Still trying to sort out how to make it shorter. However, I'd buy it again, even knowing the martingale attachment runs big.
    Date published: 2012-11-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Breastplate for the Price I was nervous about ordering this breastplate for 2 reasons. 1) I have a GIANT Tb Belgian X and was worried that the one size wouldn't fit him. 2) I was worried because some of the reviews said that it wasn't very good quality.This breastplate fits my big 17.2 hand draft X great - not even on the last holes! The elastic is nice - blue and white, as advertised. The leather isn't the best quality, but is very good for the price. I will recommend this product to friends looking for a breastplate - overall very satisfied with my purchase!
    Date published: 2012-10-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful, durable The breastplate is gorgeous, durable and cleans very well. I use it for xc and jumper shows and love the elastic fit. My 16.1 medium build OTTB has very thin skin and this does not rub or irritate him at all, even on long rides in sweaty summer heat! The only issue is that it does run big, I had to punch holes in the girth strap and the saddle straps, but that is an easy fix. I would absolutely recommend this product!
    Date published: 2012-08-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Nice Breastplate Very nice breastplate, does the job and looks good. I punched two extra holes for the girth strap, my horse is a TB, not a WB. I love how easily it attaches to my saddle and the blue elastic straps are handsome. Would definitely get another and recommend.
    Date published: 2012-08-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this breastplate! I bought this breastplate for my 16.3 TB, who is a tad narrow. I had read in other reviews that it runs a bit small, especially on the big warmbloods. On my narrow TB, everything is on the second to top hole, and fits perfectly! I had wanted elastic because he's very active with his shoulders, and his old leather one was a bit too big, and rubbed him, and I felt like he just did not like it. Now, in this one, he looks amazing, and I'm at peace of mind that he's not being restrited.
    Date published: 2012-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits very nicely I did not have any fitting issues that were encountered in some of the other reviews. I have a 17.3 TB, but he is pretty narrow. I ended up putting the adjustment for the dee-ring/clip straps on the smallest holes, and the girth strap on the second from the smallest hole. The leather is nice and softens up quickly. The only quibble I would make is that I will need to punch extra holes on the dee straps if the leather stretches out. I also can't really comment on durability as I have only used the product for less than a month, but the stitching looks like it will hold up well.
    Date published: 2012-06-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good quality The leather on this is better than you would expect for the price. I love the elastic--it's got give but is firm enough to keep things in place. I don't use the included running attachment, but it's decent. The strap to the girth is quite long and the straps to the dees aren't as long as I would like. It fits my 15.2hh mare (large chest/shoulder) with the dee straps as long as they go. I wish the dee straps were longer so the center ring would sit lower on my horse's chest, but it's a minor thing.Overall, a good purchase and I'd buy again.
    Date published: 2012-06-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Breastplate! I bought this breastplate when I was at Rolex after looking at it online for about 4 months. It's a beautiful color and the leather is nice and supple right out of the bag! I saw no signs of discoloration that some have said in other reviews. I have a TB who is very narrow so I was concerned that it only came in a full size but with it on the smallest hole it fits him great. I've used it now for about a month and it still looks brand new. I couldn't be happier!
    Date published: 2012-05-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Be Happier! I was hesistant to buy this based on the reviews of how it fit. I have two TB's of different builds and was looking for one breatplate for them to share. One is 17h with a solid build, the other 16.1 with a slighter build. The breastplate was soft and supple right out of the box and the navy elastic is very stylish and looks great! It fit both of my horses with plenty of adjustability! Very happy and satisfied, will be buying another one soon!
    Date published: 2012-02-22
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointed I bought this breastplate hoping it would fit my stocky 17.2 hh warmblood. I was very disappointed when I took it out of the box, it is NOT blue and white but instead blue and a pinkish color like the dye bled. There were also a few flaws in the elastic itself. The leather quality is good for the price. I was not surprised when it did not fit my horse, it was a concern when I ordered it. However, the breastplate runs incredibly small. It would fit a 15 hh horse perfectly and MAYBE a little bigger horse if you were handy with a holepunch. The breastplate in the picture is not the one I recieved. Thankfully SmartPak provides amazing customer service and I was able to quickly make an exchange for saddle pads with the selle francais brand.
    Date published: 2011-12-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very attractive breastplate I ordered this breastplate for a new horse that I recently purchased. I thought the blue would look really nice on him, and it does! It fits great, although I did need to add a hole or 2 at the bottom where it attaches to the girth to not have it be loose. Not a big deal though and everything else fits perfect. I gave it 4 stars on the durability just because I haven't used it for very long. Seems like it will hold up really well to being used, so far so good!
    Date published: 2011-12-05
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected. I will preface this review by saying that Smartpak customer service let me know that there was a mistake with the shipment for the breastplate I received. I had called to find out about the coloring, which ended up being navy and pinkish - like the navy dye ran. Assuming this was the mistake, then Smartpak has I'm sure fixed it already.However, I could not fit this breastplate on my 16.2 hh, regular bodied TB. It literally would not attach to both d rings, even when adjusted to the last hole-- it was that short. It seems that a horse like mine would be the exact target audience for this product, so maybe this was part of the mistake as well. Either way, I'm returning it. Bummer because it looks beautiful in the picture (although, if you look closely, it is adjusted to the last hole, so it's small on the model horse even).
    Date published: 2011-11-29
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