Sopris Unlimited Rigging is made of 4"-wide felt sewn to 3"-wide nylon webbing. The rigging is comfortable, the sewing strong, and the hardware is strong and easy to use. Sopris Llama Pack Saddle Rigging is interchangeable with all of our saddles except the Rookie. The rigging dimensions and hardware of the Rookie System are specific to that equipment.
The chest strap, or breast plate, works with the cinches to ensure that the saddle stays in place when the llama goes up steep inclines with heavy loads. It also prevents the saddle from being stripped off the rear of the lead animal in a pack string.
The breeching, or butt strap, works with the cinches to ensure that the saddle stays in place when the llama is going down steep descents with heavy loads.
The chest strap and breeching are recommended on all saddles when packing heavy loads in mountainous terrain. These straps may seem complicated at first but taking a few extra minutes to learn how to use them will save you time and frustration in the long run. Your animal will quickly learn to accept the chest strap and breeching, so don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.