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breastplate

1. for use with a saddle, a strap attached to the girth at its lowest point, which then passes between the forelimbs, passes upwards and divides to pass on either side of the neck and to meet at the withers after attaching to the front edge of the saddle. Designed to prevent the girth of saddle slipping backwards especially in a herring-gutted horse.
2. in harness, a broad strap, usually padded, which runs horizontally across the chest just below the neck. Behind the shoulders it is attached to the backstrap, which prevents it from falling down, and to the breeching which goes around the thighs of the horse. The breastplate keeps the harness from sliding back along the horse.
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Paradoxically, the latter proved better at absorbing the impact of musket balls when used for breastplates - an early version of a bullet-proof vest.
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