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All Purpose Saddles

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Manufacturer: Bates (View all products by Bates)

Model: Caprilli (View all Caprilli reviews)

Category: All Purpose Saddles

Purchase: Purchased from local tack store in Massachusetts; acquired as a general all-purpose saddle (have dressage saddle but wanted something to do some jumping in, some flatwork). Paid around $1200.

Likes: Very comfortable! I have tried about 20 saddles in my search and this is one of the most comfortable I have tried; more comfortable than several more expensive saddles. It also puts my leg, which is quite long (I am about an almost-6-foot-tall female, that is mostly leg!) in a proper position with enough flap at the knee. Other saddles either were too short at the knee and my knee would be over the edge at shorter stirrup lengths, or would somehow place my leg too far forward, so that my leg would be a foot too far in front of my body. Also has the changeable gullet system for perfect fit for the horse, and the CAIR panel system for back comfort.

Dislikes: I'm still not completely sure about the CAIR panel system, it's hard to get an honest answer out of a saddle fitter who is losing some re-stuffing business, but my horse seemed comfortable enough in it.

Quality: Very nice, soft, supple leather. Good quality, particularly for the price.

Summary: If you are a tall, leggy rider who has had trouble finding a good all-purpose saddle that fit your leg, save some time and try the Bates Caprilli first.

Rating: 5

Author: Anna

Date: 2004-04-13

Usefulness Rating: 2.8 out of 5.
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