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Manufacturer: Bates (View all products by Bates)

Model: Caprilli (View all Caprilli reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: My instructor has a tack store so I buy everything from him. I paid $1250 and have had it for almost a year.

Likes: It's a year old and still in perfect condition. I needed a new saddle with an extra wide tree for my 18H Warmblood. I was told to look into a custom saddle, but after finding out that would run over $2,000 I started to look elsewear. My instructor suggested to try this model and it worked! It has an adjustable tree which is perfect as my horse fills out and slims down during the seasons. I feel like I am riding in a custom saddle with this.

Dislikes: This saddle made for an over-sized horse for sure. However, I cannot find an over-sized bridle to match the leather. Some come close, but not exact. I think they should make a matching bridle.

Quality: The leather quality is excellent. The color is 'carmel' but the colors that come close are 'newmarket' and 'london.' It feels like a custom saddle for me, but without the custom price. I use this for lessons, showing, even an occasional trail ride and it works all around. It has a nice balanced seat and the flaps are long enough for my long legs.

Summary: I would tell any over-sized horse owner to get this saddle. No need to worry about spending so much on a custom saddle and having to wait for it to be made either. Excellent saddle for a reasonable price. I am very pleased.

Rating: 5

Author: Paula, NY, NY

Date: 2004-01-06

Usefulness Rating: 2.33333 out of 5.
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