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#6939078 - 10/30/17 08:36 AM Skid Plate / Vest?

Thoughts on skid plates?

My pup's chest and belly got tore up by greenbrier while training in a creek bottom this weekend. She was running wide open when she could and I was wondering if she will figure out to slow down as she gets older and wiser or should I invest in a skid plate or some type of dog vest for her when hunting stubble fields or heavy cover?

#6939216 - 10/30/17 09:50 AM Re: Skid Plate / Vest? [Re: ]
Charlie Tuna Offline

Registered: 09/14/17
Posts: 56
Loc: Belton TX
We purchased the Browning Chest protector from Cabela's for a quail hunt at Chaparral WMA for our GSP, Whiskey. It did the job and Whiskey did not seem to be bothered wearing it, but when it comes to hunting you could probably strap a lead weight behind her and see would not be phased. Another nice feature is that is have reflective material built into it, so spotting her at camp during the nice was very easy.


#6950411 - 11/07/17 03:24 PM Re: Skid Plate / Vest? [Re: ]
Tedmatthews Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 11/07/17
Posts: 13
I bought a chest protector, from Gun Dog Supply. It is open on top, with straps. It works great.

#6950961 - 11/07/17 10:10 PM Re: Skid Plate / Vest? [Re: ]
Sniper John Offline

Registered: 08/31/05
Posts: 16803
Loc: North Texas
Some places like in sage it is a must. I also use one when hunting public areas shared with hog hunters. From a distance seen moving through the deep woods without it a Vizsla could look like a hog. Mine I think is just the Cabelas house brand. Dog could care less with it on or not.

#6951360 - 11/08/17 09:09 AM Re: Skid Plate / Vest? [Re: ]
TX TCAT Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/31/12
Posts: 457
Loc: Throckmorton County
I use one most of the time. Have to be careful, though, when it's hot. Those vests insulate and keep warm the very area that needs to be kept cool.

#6951897 - 11/08/17 03:19 PM Re: Skid Plate / Vest? [Re: ]

All but scars now, ordered a vest from Cabalas. Thanks for the info.

#6952491 - 11/08/17 10:35 PM Re: Skid Plate / Vest? [Re: ]
Mundo Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 02/03/15
Posts: 266
They can be hot but they work. One drawback tho is that when you run a dog that has been wearing a protector without one they may not be as cautious about all that scratchy chit.

#6952727 - 11/09/17 08:09 AM Re: Skid Plate / Vest? [Re: ]
colt45 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 08/19/06
Posts: 8061
Loc: bastrop county
milos stalks can be bad also
hold on Newt, we got a runaway

#6956700 - 11/12/17 07:48 AM Re: Skid Plate / Vest? [Re: ]
JCCinOhio Offline

Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 105
I got the Mendota skid plate form gun dog supply. Pretty happy with it so far.. But skid plates do come with their own problems (they can rub, direct sticks into the dog, etc.)

#6957422 - 11/12/17 06:58 PM Re: Skid Plate / Vest? [Re: ]
tigger Offline
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Registered: 03/24/07
Posts: 4896
Loc: Round Rock, Texas
Breeding not designed for the job
If it isn't white it is not a birddog.

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