This is a mule breast collar constructed from heavy duty beta designed to fit the slope of a mule’s shoulder. Beta material is stronger, more durable and has a feel and appearance similar to leather. Steve recommends and uses a Beta britchen and breast collar instead of leather for it’s good looks, durability and ease of cleaning!
The breast collar is very important. The breast collar and the breeching, together, help keep your saddle in place. The proper breast collar really means a lot and this Beta Breast Collar is designed to be V-shape that follows the slope of the mule and donkey shoulder. This breast collar is not real wide as most breast collars will be, actually inhibiting the shoulder.
Why Steve Edwards’ Saddles Do Not Have Rings for Breast Collars
You need to notice that on Steve Edwards’ Signature Series Saddles there are no rings to attach the breast collar. There’s a very good reason for that. If you watch your mule or donkey walk, as they walk the shoulder comes forward and it hits the breast collar. Riding on flat ground that saddle is going to be moving forward and eventually it is going to sit right on top of the scapula. Not good. Your breast collar keeps the saddle from going back – it shouldn’t be moving the saddle forward.
Let’s just say you go ahead and use in-skirt rigging and solid rigging for your breast collar. Think about it… every time your breast collar hits the mule shoulder, walking very lateral, the shoulder bumps the breast collar, the breast collar is fixed to the saddle, the saddle moves forward. That’s what you DON’T WANT! And you know what folks, you definitely don’t want to use a pulling collar – that’s the worst kind!
Using A Pommel Strap Breast Collar to Avoid Moving the Saddle Forward
After listening to the mule, learning from the mule, and seeing that the traditional solid-rigging breast collar would move the saddle forward, this breast collar was designed utilizing a pommel strap to secure the breast collar with out fastening and inhibiting movement.
Using a 22″ beta pommel strap, the breast collar can move fluidly left and right as the mule walks. When the mule’s shoulder hits the breast collar, the pommel strap allows the breast collar to move with the shoulder rather than pulling the saddle forward.
More About This Mule Breast Collar
Designed to help keep your saddle in place and you mule comfortable with Neoprene lining, this breast collar has lots of room for adjustment to fit different sized mules; easily add more holes if needed.
Note from Steve: Beta breaching and breast collars are by far the easiest to take care of I personally prefer all Beta products for my personal use in my years of packing experience they are the very toughest and easiest to maintain. Clean with soap and water.