Manufacturer: Bates (View all products by Bates)
Model: Caprilli (View all Caprilli reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this saddle on Ebay for $1100.00 from a Equestrian Clearing house in Great Britian. Once paid for, I received it in a week in great condition--absolutely new. I purchased this saddle because my old Prestige did not fit my aging horse any more and I wanted a saddle that would fit a new horse if I so inclined to purchase one.
Likes: I LOVE the CAIR panels and the easy change gullet system. My old horse has not felt so good under saddle for years--she is happier from the time I tack her up to the minute I am done. She warms up under saddle quicker and I think her back looks straighter than before I had the saddle (she was getting a little sway back). I have taken her over a few small jumps too and she is happy. I have never felt so balanced and in the middle of my horse as I so with this saddle.
Dislikes: I wish the leather was better quality. The leather on my old Prestige was great quality, broke right in. This is NOT the WORST leather but the flaps are stiff for some time before they break in.
Quality: The leather on the seat and the knee roll are soft leather, the flaps more stiff leather. The CAIR panels are well constructed and the easy change gullet are made of thick metal so there is no chance of them breaking. The gullets take some practice to change, but not too bad once you know what you are doing.
Summary: I would definately recommend this saddle to anyone--especially a multiple horse owner.
Usefulness Rating: 2.83333 out of 5.
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