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Bates Australia
Close Contact Saddles

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Manufacturer: Bates Australia (View all products by Bates)

Model: Caprilli (View all Caprilli reviews)

Category: Close Contact Saddles


Likes: First of all, it is very comfortable for my poor back: sitted trot is almost a pleasure! Then, it is appropriate for the various horses that I ride, even without needing to change the gullet. Without being a saddle of great luxury, the completion is very beautiful for the price. The elastiflex tree seems much more resistant to me than a wooden tree. And it is, to finish, a very light saddle (because of the Cair panels), and thus easy to raise and transport.

Dislikes: It is impossible to find Newmarket stirrup leathers of the Bates brand in France : I found some by chance on (they come from the USA!). Once sitting on the horse, it is very difficult for me to regulate the stirrup leathers because the bars are a little too tight and because Bates leather is too grippy. Lastly, the loops of the strap and the girth-leathers form a thickness which harms the fixity of the leg : I would have preferred a low girthing for a saddle known as closed contact. But it is only of small disadvantages !

Quality: Specificities of the Bates saddles are : - Cair panel system, that gives more comfort to the horse, - the easy change gullet system, - the elastiflex tree wich is guaranteed against breakage for the lifetime of the saddle, - the quality of leather, specially the double grain surface pattern creates a grip. Specificities of Caprilli Close Contact : - adjustable Flexibloc system to provide a more secure position for the rider.

Summary: To resume, even if the purchase of a saddle were not essential, since I ride approximately 1h per week in a club, I am very satisfied with this very comfortable saddle, of an excellent quality-price ratio, but whose brand does not seem very known yet in France ... what a pity !

Rating: 5

Author: Agnes

Date: 2005-01-25

Usefulness Rating: 2.42857 out of 5.
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