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Bates Caprilli Close Contact

Bates Saddles
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Why We Love This

Designed for riders who recognize the impact of saddle design on their performance, the Bates Caprilli is ideal for show jumping, eventing, and hunters. Imported.

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Favorite Features

  • CAIR® Panel System for better performance and freer movement of horse
  • Easy-Change Gullet System allows the saddle to be fitted to suit the horse's changing shape
  • Deeper seat than most other jumping saddles for extra stability
  • Short stitched triple girth points for extra safety
  • Adjustable Flexibloc System to provide a more secure position for the rider
  • Elastiflex Tree

Sizing

Available in seat sizes 16½"-18"

Regular, Long, or Forward flap
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    Bates Caprilli Close Contact is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Good transition for me from cutback! Very comfortable for both myself and my mare. And long enough in leg
    Date published: 2016-10-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful and simple very comfortabl i just bought this first hunt seat saddle ever love it very comfortable very simple and nicely made
    Date published: 2016-08-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good enough saddle I've had this saddle for about 2 years now, and overall I am pleased with it. It is so nice to have the interchangeable gullet system, it just makes fitting that much easier. To me, the downside to this saddle is 1. the color is not very attractive, its kind of orangish, and doesn't seem to darken very well and 2. the leather is not as soft as I had hoped. I have oiled and conditioned the saddle multiple times and ways but the leather doesn't get very soft, or darken much at all. Considering saving a buying a little bit more spend saddle, for a softer leather and more attractive cold for show. Hope this helps!
    Date published: 2014-09-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pefect fit I ordered this saddle for my daughter , who tried 4 others before the Caprilli was the one. It helped her keep a great Eq position without "locking her in" . She is a tall , thin build and the flap was just right for her. Its not an overly forward flap , so flat work is still possible. She was able to sit up and drive forward , and shorten stirrups for being more forward for jumping. The adjustability of the shims and gullet were easy to use and well worth it. The leather is on the cheap side but improved with oiling. If the leather would have been better , it would cost a bit more.
    Date published: 2014-05-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still a great saddle First off let me say that I bought a Bates Caprilli Close Contact saddle twelve years ago and have only just recently decided to get a new saddle. I have been very very happy with my older Bates. It has held up to a lot of hard riding. It's what I use to play, train, show, and start my horses in. It looks GREAT and does not show its age at all. I only decided to upgrade because I had an opportunity to sell my saddle to one of my students. I like the security of the deeper wider seat and the narrow twist makes it very comfortable and feels closer to your horse. Fits every horse I have ever had (20+ including ponies) and often doesn't require the extra bumpers, halfback pads, and other things I might need with a different saddle. The new saddle seems like maybe Bates has gone down a bit in the quality of the leather they use but there are many improvements also. I like the new metal keepers for your excess stirrup leather. The easy-change gullet system is MUCH improved with velcro coverings and easier access. The saddle feels the same as my old one and seems to be breaking in nicely. Billets are a little heavier duty I think (although my old one's are still holding up nicely). I was very happy I could get this saddle in the newer darker shade since my older saddle was caramel and tended to be hard to match equipment/leathers with. Nicer cover than my old one that fits better too! They sent along leather balsam and the usual key chains also. My only complaint was the packing was HORRIBLE. Tiny sheet of padding haphazardly wrapped around part of the saddle and the cardboard box was tearing open. I was very concerned for the well being of my saddle but thankfully it was undamaged. This was the manufacturer's wrapping not Smartpak's. One other thing worth noting is this saddle is very wide in the seat and harder to fit a wither pad to sometimes. Just worth keeping in mind. Overall I am very happy and look forward to several more decades of riding in this newer Bates! Highly recommend!
    Date published: 2014-01-03
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