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Bates Next Generation Elevation Saddle

Bates Saddles
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Developed with one of the world's leading show jumpers, Beezie Madden. Engineered for precision performance, the Next Generation Bates Elevation Saddle combines technical design and innovation to raise the bar for horse and rider. Unique panel shape offers greater freedom of movement and close contact with even weight distribution, fluid cushioning and unsurpassed impact absorption. Forward seat with narrow twist and slightly flat seat. CAIR® Panel System,  Easy Change Gullet System, ElastiFlex tree, ergonomic stirrup bar and adjustable FlexiBlocs. 

 

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    Bates Next Generation Elevation Saddle is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Saddle... I bought this saddle when it first came out a little over 3 years ago. I have the version just above this one, SmartPak doesn't seem to carry it. I have the deep seat HD+ version. This is a beautiful and well crafted saddle and I do enjoy the changing gullets although, changing them constantly is not realistic with this saddle. I actually had to take it in somewhere and have someone walk me through it the first time it was so difficult. Compared to the Toulouse saddle that all you have to do is turn a wrench, it IS more difficult and I hope to see Bates evolve with the easy of adjust ability! With that said... this saddle regardless of inserting shims with a professional, only seems to fit one of my horses well and pitches me SO far forward on the other two. Although the knee and thigh blocks are wonderful, on the two horses it doesn't fit, they still can't keep my leg in place. It even hurts my back it pitches me so far forward. What is so weird is the saddle "looks" and seems to fit all the horses just fine when sitting bare on each horse. The one it does fit, does have a massive shoulder but it doesn't look bad on the other two. But even a shimmed half pad doesn't correct the problem! I wish more than anything that this saddle fit all of my horses because I really do like the look and it is so comfortable to sit it! I will say that the leather is very slippery to start out with though. Wear full seat breeches!
    Date published: 2014-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Give your horse a gift Lets you change the gullet and also add shims to the front, middle, or rear of the panels as your horse comes back from winter,rehab, etc. its no harder than fitting the rest of your tack. Leather is great, conditions well. Moveable knee blocks and place for thigh blocks. My only issue is that it is somewhat made for horses with short backs or a lot of curve to their back. I had to heavily shim (over 1/2") the front and rear of the panels to keep the saddle from rocking forward and backward. Still, i was happy to spend 20 min shimming the saddle rather than have to monkey with corrective pads every day. A saddle that rocks encourages the horse to hollow its back. I see many riders put their saddles too far forward, up onto the shoulders, and that solves the rocking problem but creates a new one. I used this saddle on a friends warmblood while my mare recovered - she is built like a morgan with no withers, he was much taller with withers. Also expect to use this on my upcoming youngster. Maybe they will come out with a matching bridle?? Anyway, this saddle allowed me to adjust any issues I had with it, instead of having to buy a new one.
    Date published: 2013-07-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Saddle!!! Got this saddle for Christmas and used it probably 20 times and Im already in love with it! It looks very nice and breaks in good. I conditioned and oiled it a few times and now the leather is soft and grippy. My only problem is the "easy" change gullet system. It not easy at all and the instructions are confusing. You mostly have to take apart your saddle just to adjust the tree. Except for that this saddle is AMAZING!!! I totally recommend it!
    Date published: 2012-01-30
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