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Manufacturer: Bates (View all products by Bates)

Model: Caprilli (View all Caprilli reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: I purchased this saddle from and with leathers, fleece cover and shipping, it was $1500 approx.

Likes: I was looking at saddles online, and went to a local shop to sit in a Pessoa or Butet. I currently owned a Crosby XL H that didn't fit me right. Anyhow, the local shop didn't have either of the saddles in stock that I was interested in, but did have a Bates Caprilli CC long flap in my seat size. As soon as my rear hit the saddle, I knew I had to have one and didn't care what the cost was. That was all before I knew about the easy change gullet system and the CAIR panels. I got to ride in my saddle for the first time today and have to say I am extremely impressed. This is the most balanced, comfortable saddle I have ever ridden. My legs were literally glued in place and never moved. The seat is French leather and is super grippy. I felt extrmemly secure, balanced and comfortable in this saddle. My horse seemed to move more freely in his shoulders and had a new impulsion to his step. I have always needed a riser pad, but not with the Caprilli. Posting was effortless as the saddle just sat so perfect on my horse's back. The quality is second to none, and the leather is already broken in feeling the first time you ride. The leather are extremely well made and have nylon webbing inside the butter soft leather to prevent stretching.

Dislikes: NOTHING!!

Quality: EXCELLENT!! See above. Makes my old Crosby XL look like a poor example of quality craftsmanship.

Summary: All in all, I would recommend this saddle to everyone and don't think I could have found a better saddle.

Rating: 5

Author: Michelle

Date: 2004-12-31

Usefulness Rating: 2.71429 out of 5.
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