In Central Kentucky, thoroughbred mares are bred naturally to Stallions. The large number of bluegrass farms are mainly boarding and sales prep operations with a few breeding farms with Stallion rosters. Mares come to Kentucky to be bred and while a few stay year round, most are here for a few months and return home when they are safe in foal.
All Breeding Sheds require two forms of identification - generally a halter with nameplate and a neck strap with a nameplate. Neck straps are also a back up form of identification should a mare lose her halter.
The popular name plate belt is rumored ti have had its origin when a horseman asked if a neck strap could be turned into a belt. Sure enough some 50 plus years ago the first Halter Plate Belt was made. Today they are two distinct items, but the hand selected leather and solid brass buckle and name plate all trace back to the original neck strap.