Bates
Caprilli Close Contact
Close Contact Saddles



Manufacturer: Bates
Model: Caprilli Close Contact
Category: Close Contact Saddles

Purchase: I got a great deal on this wonderful saddle....I got it for only $850 from a local tack shop as it was a demo saddle...never used. They retail for around $1700 I believe. I grew out of my old saddle and took it there for consignment.

Likes: The construction is wonderful...better than a lot of the more expensive brands. It still looks brand new even though I have had it for over 3 years, and I will admit that I didn't really oil it often for the first year and a half or so. The leather is wonderful, and the stitching is so tight. I will also say that this is the absolute most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden in, and I've ridden in a lot (from devocoux and butet to pessoa and stubben). I just love how you can change the gullets as well to fit different horses. This was the ONLY saddle to fit my impossible to fit horse. I recently sold him, and the people I sold him to went out and bought a bates because they loved riding in mine so much.

Dislikes: Absolutely nothing. Bates is a new brand..so people may buy a prestige, butet, or devocoux over a bates purely on "name" but this saddle is wonderful and in the same quality range as them with added bonuses---changeable gullet system.

Quality: This is a very high quality saddle, and oils beautifully. The stitching is great...the leather is wonderful. There are even "move-able" leather knee blocks with velcro---how cool! I LOVE that. It is SO comfortable but still offers close contact to the horse.

Summary: Bates is a new brand..so people may buy a prestige, butet, or devocoux over a bates purely on "name" but this saddle is wonderful and in the same quality range as them with added bonuses---changeable gullet system.

Rating: 5

Author: Amanda

Date: 2007-10-29

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 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