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Manufacturer: Bates (View all products by Bates)

Model: Caprilli (View all Caprilli reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: I acquired this item new at a local tack shop for $1500. I was currently leasing a broad-backed mare at the time, and I was looking for a saddle I could use on her and then fit to the horse I bought when the lease was over. Being unsure what type of back that horse might have, the easy change gullet system was a must.

Likes: I love the quality and durability of this saddle: I've used it almost every day for 2 years now and it still looks like new. The seat and knee rolls are very soft leather, and the saddle is comfortable. I do like the gullet system for occasional changes, and I know if my horse's back changes, I will be able to fit the saddle to her.

Dislikes: The easy change gullet system was not as "easy" as it was made to sound. The first time I changed the gullet, it took about 15 minutes (and that was with a helper). Now that I know what I'm doing, it is much quicker to switch gullets, but I still need a helper to hold the gullet plate holes in line with the screw holes of the tree. Although I like the changeable gullet system, if you are looking to change it frequently (like every other day for two different horses) I would say that it is too much of a hassle. If you can afford it, buy two saddles. Also, the screws may need occasional tightening, as they seem to loosen over time.

Quality: As I said above, the quality is excellent. The saddle is balanced, the leather quality is very good, and the stitching has never come loose. This saddle will last.

Summary: This saddle is well worth the price. I especially recommend it to those who may need a saddle to fit the next horse they ride, and don't want to have to invest in a new saddle for him.

Rating: 5

Author: Eventer13

Date: 2004-10-31

Usefulness Rating: 2.72727 out of 5.
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