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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.


Favorite Features

  • 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 4.4 out of 5 by 42.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic breastplate! Love this because there is no sheepskin that has to be cleaned on it. Super simple and classy. Almost too small for my 16.2 hh thoroughbred but it stretched out to fit him perfectly!
    Date published: 2016-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Quality I was pleasantly surprised to see how nice the quality on this Breastplate was. My horse is an "awkward" size at 14.3 so I had to adjust the fit somewhat by punching a few holes to allow for his smaller, more compact stature. For taller horses, I'm sure that wouldn't be necessary, however. Otherwise, I am very pleased with this product. Great quality for the price!
    Date published: 2016-05-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Happy! I purchased the Harwich Breastplate approximately one month ago and am very happy with it. I have a large TB and this breastplate fits so well - the color is an added bonus! I definitely recommend this product!
    Date published: 2016-04-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great economical breastplate We bought this for my Hanoverian who when he jumps, the saddle would slide back a bit. It has done the job of keeping the saddle right where it should be due to the give of the elastic. It does run big. My horse has a huge chest and this fits him beautifully.
    Date published: 2015-06-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality at a great price! I bought this a few weeks ago and was very impressed with the quality and detail especially for the price
    Date published: 2015-01-08
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Leather cracked! This breastplate runs pretty big; I got it primarily because I can't find a running martingale that fits my short-necked horse and needed the adjustable running attachment. Good job I didn't need a breastplate, because the horse size is too big to really function as such on my TB/Percheron mare. I tried to oil the snot out of the leather bits, and it didn't accept it very well. Then the parts that attach to the saddle cracked! If you need a lower price point or have a broad-shouldered horse, this may work for you.
    Date published: 2014-12-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good quality but big I bought this a month ago for my 3 yr old OTTB. He is still skinny and my saddle slips back. The breastplate is a little big but if I take off the clips to attach to the saddle it seems to fit quite well. The quality of the materials is good and the leather is soft.
    Date published: 2014-12-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Breastplate! I bought this about two months ago for my skinny Thoroughbred and it fits perfectly!!! I love that this product comes with the clips for the saddle attachment as most I found you have to loop the leather strap through. The blue looks so good against my bay horse! I would definitely recommend this product!
    Date published: 2014-09-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fit great! Fit my stocky 14.3h paint well. He is usually in-between a cob and a horse size so i was worried about the fit. But I just took the clips off the ends and now it fits fine. Seems durable and softened up when I oiled it. Not the best quality leather, but waaaay better than what I was expecting for the price. It looks exactly like the picture shows.
    Date published: 2014-08-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super breastplate Awesome awesome AWESOME breastplate for the price!!! Keeps my saddle in place on my jumper, who has a scopy, hard jump. I found the leather loop that attaches to my girth to be a bit long, but I just punched another hole and isn't a problem. Love the navy and white! I have not used the running attachment but the leather seems to be of the same good quality.
    Date published: 2014-08-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Breastplate! This breastplate is very attractive and catches the eye. It is nice and supple, and overall the quality is great! My only complaint is that I had to take off the clips and double wrap in order to make it fit my bulky 16.2 gelding. Other than that, it is perfect! Very attractive and durable!
    Date published: 2014-06-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Purchase Very glad I purchased this breastplate. My 17.3 Holsteiner was getting rubbed from the saddle slipping and this helps a ton. With how large he is, I still had to take off the clips and have it on the tightest holes so for smaller horses this may cause an issue. Definitely good for the price! Can't comment on durability due to me using it only a couple weeks.
    Date published: 2014-05-30
    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
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