from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A strap used to support the neck-yoke of a carriage-harness, and connected with the hames or collar.
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There is no saddle-cloth, the load rests on the ribs; the breast-strap and crupper hook into rings on the saddle; there are rings to fasten the load to; it weighs 140 pounds.
The Esquimau usually hitches seven dogs to his sledge, and never drives them tandem, each dog being attached to the sledge by a single trace fastened to a breast-strap.
Golden Days for Boys and Girls Volume XIII, No. 51: November 12, 1892
The whole is girthed with a long rope passed twice around the body, round the neck as a breast-strap, and under the tail as a crupper.
The harness was a combination -- the saddle was made of soft sheep skin, the wool next to the horse, as were also the head-stall of the bridle, the breast-strap and the breeching.
The Bishop of Cottontown A Story of the Southern Cotton Mills
(Vv. 459-546) The maiden takes the horse, unlaces his breast-strap, and takes off his bridle and saddle.
But neither girth nor rein nor breast-strap could prevent the king from coming to earth.
That shield, bridle, and breast-strap were made at Toulouse, and were brought here by Kay of Estraus.
Each strikes the other with such force that both are borne to earth, and no breast-strap, girth, or stirrup could save them from falling backward over their saddle-bow, leaving the saddle without an occupant.
Of the bridle, breast-strap, and saddle I can surely say that the workmanship was rich and handsome.
The palfrey and saddle, with the breast-strap and reins, are worth a thousand livres of Chartres.
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