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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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The fact that one of the breastplates bears the inscription 'Last of Her Tribe' is sufficient for him to bundle this with various photographs with similar captions (together with Henry Kendall's 'The Last of His Tribe') and invoke a settler motive of wishful extinction.
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His white suit a peerless lily the wide lapels an allegorical breastplate.
For example, the smooth, curving surface of the breastplate deflected weapons and distributed pressure from a blow across the chest.
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Notice the matching quilled panel suspended from the bottom of his breastplate.