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Bates
Caprilli Close Contact
Close Contact Saddles

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Manufacturer: Bates (View all products by Bates)

Model: Caprilli Close Contact (View all Caprilli Close Contact Saddle reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: Purchased new for $1400.

Likes: Leather is surprisingly soft for the price. We expected leather of a much inferior quality.

Dislikes: We thought the changeable gullet would be a good option to try for someone who rides multiple horses. I have found the saddle to be unbalanced and requires a rear riser on every horse, no matter it's shape, the saddle is used on. Another issue is that this saddle tends to throw it's rider into a chair seat (even with a riser)and remaining balanced is almost a struggle. I attribute this to the fact that the stirrup bars are too forward for a rider that is average height but long from hip to thigh.

Quality: Construction seems good but am not crazy about the Cair panels which are too hard for some horses with sensitive backs. Panels can be replaced but after spending $200 on a fleece correction pad (with riser) I do not want to spend any additional money on this saddle and am saddle shopping now looking to replace this one.

Summary: Bottom line is I would not purchase a Bates again, though I know others who are happy with them. Money would be better spent getting a good quality used saddle with wool flocking that is fit by a professional.

Rating: 2

Author: oldandintheway

Date: 2011-03-07

Usefulness Rating: 2.625 out of 5.
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