Bates
Caprilli
Close Contact Saddles



Manufacturer: Bates
Model: Caprilli
Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: I purchased this saddle off of eBay for a tiny $800. Retail is around $1800. I'd been searching around for this exact saddle for months and was hoping to find one used. It was in great shape but I got an amazing deal on it due to a small hole in the seat. That's no matter because I normally ride with a sheepskin seat saver, and you couldn't see it while in use anyway.

Likes: It's a gorgeous saddle. Fits well, especially because of the Easy Change Gullet System. My old Courbette Alpina became too narrow for my TB mare, who had recently sustained an injury. Due to lay off I knew she was going to lose condition along her top line and wouldn't fit a standard Medium tree for a while. I didn't want to have to buy one saddle to use while re-conditioning her, and another once she was back in shape. The Gullet system was a perfect alternative. The leather is very soft and supple, the stitching is great, and it puts you in a wonderful position.

Dislikes: The leather seems to discolor quite easily. After even short use, I'll find another random splotch or chaff of unknown origin. It does seem to only be on the seat and knee rolls though. Most can be worked over with leather conditioner. Do not use Neatsfoot Oil on the caramel colored saddle! It does not darken very well. I definitely suggest another leather conditioner. Also, the stirrup position seems strange: I can't figure out why, but it seems like your shins are constantly at battle with the stirrup leathers. Lastly, the caramel color is hard to match! M. Toulouse does make a great set of stirrup leathers that match nearly perfectly, but it took some time to find them. Or you could simply buy the Bates brand ones.

Quality: Beautiful, supple leather, perfect stitching. Definitely a lot of thought and time went into the construction of this saddle.

Summary: This is a great saddle and definitely worth the money. However, if you try hard enough and watch eBay auctions frequently enough, you should be able to find a great quality used one at less than half the price.

Rating: 5

Author: Shannon De Buiser

Date: 2006-04-05

Usefulness Rating: 0 out of 5.
1 reader(s) voted.

Please give us your opinion..





Other Reviews You May Find Interesting 


Beval Artisan Close Contact Saddles
Dover Circuit Premier Apex Saddle Close Contact Saddles
Forestier Ilium Mono Flap Saddle Close Contact Saddles
Beval Artisan Close Contact Saddles
Duett Presto Close Contact Saddles
Camelot Close Contact Saddle Close Contact Saddles
Bates Hunter Jumper Close Contact Saddles
Kincade close contact saddle Close Contact Saddles
Hermes Stein Kraut Close Contact Saddles
Collegiate Diploma with gullet change system Close Contact Saddles
Camelot Close Contact Saddle Close Contact Saddles
Heritage Bespoke Yin-Yang Inner Balance Jumper/Eventer Monoflap Close Contact Saddles
Bates Caprilli Close Contact, Long Flap Close Contact Saddles
Exselle Axcess Close Contact Saddles
Ovation close contact Close Contact Saddles
Ovation Evolution XCH Close Contact Saddles
Crosby DSL Equilibrium Close Contact Saddles
Beval Natural Close Contact Saddles
M Toulouse Annice Close Contact Saddles
Collegiate Parfaire Close Contact Saddles

2004-2012 Horse Tack Review



 Horse Tack Review Home


 Shop For Tack
 Back in the Saddle
 Boot Barn
 Dover Saddlery
 Equestrian Collections
 Horse.com
 HorseLoverZ.com
 State Line Tack

 Help Us Support
 Bright Futures Farm


 Horse Tack Reviews
 Submit Your Own Review!
 Search Review Database
 All Reader Reviews
 Staff Reviews
 Submit a Product for Review

 English Tack Reviews
 Dressage Saddles
 Jumping Saddles
 Close Contact Saddles
 All Purpose Saddles
 English Saddle Fittings/Pads
 English Bridles
 English Bridle Accessories
 English Show Apparel
 English Casual Apparel
 English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
 English Miscellaneous

 Western Tack Reviews
 Barrel Saddles
 Reining Saddles
 Roping Saddles
 Show Saddles
 Trail Saddles
 Western Saddle Fittings/Pads
 Western Bridles
 Western Bridle Accessories
 Western Show Apparel
 Western Casual Apparel
 Western Chaps/Boots/Hats
 Western Miscellaneous

 Horse Gear Reviews
 Horse Boots and Wraps
 Halters/Ropes/Leads
 Horse Health and Well Being
 Horse Apparel
 Horse Treats
 Horse Miscellaneous

 Barn & Stable Reviews
 Fly Control
 Gifts/Books/Videos
 Grooming Equipment
 Stable Accessories
 Tack Room
 Training Equipment
 Barn and Stable Misc

 Articles
 Barn and Stable Articles
 English Articles
 Feature and Misc Articles
 Grooming Articles
 Horse Care & Health Articles
 Horse Related Gift Articles
 News and Events
 Training Articles
 Western Articles

 Other Features
 About Us / Contact Information
 Articles & Subjects By Date
 Article Archives
 Join Our Mailing List
 Privacy Policy