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Bates Wide Dressage + Plus Adjustable Leather Saddle With CAIR
The Bates WIDE Dressage saddle is a cutting edge dressage saddle specially designed for the wider horse. The performance driven deep seat delivers an unsurpassed level of comfort for you and contact with your horse never previously experienced in a WIDE saddle. The deeper seat and ultra-narrow waist enables you to sit deeper into the saddle to support a well-balanced and central position. For your horse, an ultra-thin panel, wide chamber, large, even bearing surface and adjustable Y-girthing ensure optimal saddle stability and freedom of movement for a comfortable fit.
The panel is ultra generous offering an exceptionally large footprint on your horse’s back maximising the weight bearing area of the saddle for greater comfort and performance. The Bates WIDE Dressage Saddle features quilted panel points enabling a closer more comfortable fit of the panel behind your horse’s shoulder. Maximised saddle stability is achieved through the girthing systems, wide chamber and broad panels for improved comfort of your horse.
The Bates Dressage saddles feature all of the innovations and technology synonymous with high performance discipline saddles.Available in Black in 16.5", 17", 17.5" or 18"
Weight - Approximately 7 kg/15.4 lb
Your horse will show a marked improvement in their freedom of movement, as world leading performance systems the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution and CAIR Cushion System maximise your horse’s comfort and freedom of movement. Your horse will enjoy unsurpassed adaptability for an optimal fit, even weight distribution, a fluid cushioning and the ultimate impact absorption.
Bates WIDE saddles are sold as standard fitted with a 2XW Lilac Easy Change Gullet. All other gullet sizes from 1XW to 4XW are available on our separate listing and are sold separately.[if gte mso 9]> We strongly recommend fitting these saddles under the guidance of a Bates trained saddler. Please see the Bates site for a full list of approved saddlers in your area.
When trying on your saddle please ensure you use a clean saddlecloth and do not remove any tags. Saddles which have had the tags removed, been sat on, girthed up, ridden on or show any signs of use cannot be returned.
Saddle Fitting Information
After your initial saddle fit, we recommend that you have the fit of your saddle checked within the first three months, as it will settle in the head during the initial riding period, as is standard with all new saddles. Following this initial settling in period, your saddle fit should then be assessed every six months throughout your saddle’s life to ensure the saddle continues to fit correctly, as your horse changes shape according to its age, level of fitness and work program. It is always recommended that you seek ongoing professional advice on your horse’s saddle fit, where possible. However the following information can assist you in not only assessing your horse’s saddle fit, but understanding when simple adjustments should be made.
In order to check the clearance, bearing and balance of a saddle, it is important that the saddle is positioned correctly. All fitting adjustments and saddle alterations should be made in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations.
Ensure your horse is standing square and is on level ground. Locate your horse’s shoulder and check to see that the nail of the saddle is approximately three fingers distance from the edge of your horse’s shoulder.
Checking for sufficient clearance
Sufficient clearance of your horse’s wither, across the width and length of the spine, should be maintained at all times. Check to see that the channel of the saddle is clear of your horse’s wither and spine through the length of the saddle.
Checking for even bearing
Your saddle should bear evenly on your horse’s back, providing a close fit. Run your hand between your horse and the panel of your saddle to check for even bearing. If your saddle features the CAIR Cushion System, it is important that a rider sits in the saddle to check the bearing, as the air becomes dynamic under the rider’s weight.
Checking for a balanced seat
Check that the deepest part of the saddle seat is central and level to ensure perfect saddle balance. Should your saddle require further adjustments select the optimal combination of EASY-CHANGE Risers to achieve sufficient clearance, even bearing and perfect balance.
NB. The innovative systems in our saddles offer unsurpassed flexibility in achieving an optimal fit, however, no one saddle can claim to fit any horse. It is always recommended you seek ongoing professional advice on the fit and in meeting the unique needs of each horse/rider combination.