Bates Saddles offer saddles for every discipline, engineered to bring out the best in you and your horse. Underneath the finest European leather you will feel the power of innovation. For you, the rider, enjoy instantaneous comfort, optimal balance and seamless contact with your horse, leaving you free to concentrate on your aids. For your horse, the CAIR® Cushion System and EASY-CHANGE® Fit Solution ensure their absolute comfort and your peace of mind. Revolutionise your riding experience and fulfil your potential in a Bates Saddle.
The CAIR® Cushion System replaces traditional fillings in your saddle with air cushions. CAIR® air cushion technology provides significant performance advantages in the way it distributes the rider’s weight and cushions the horse’s back.
Distributes the rider’s weight: Under the rider’s weight the air cushions continually mould to mirror the horse’s individual conformation and working muscles. This ensures a close, even contact over a much larger weight bearing area and eliminates instances of pressure points.
Cushioning the horse’s back: The dynamic nature of air ensures it works in synergy with the horse’s muscles, rather than the horse’s muscles working against a static medium. Additionally, air provides the ultimate shock absorption, reducing instances of trauma to the horse’s muscles in work.
The EASY-CHANGE® Gullet System offers a means of altering the width of the Elastiflex™ tree. The Elastiflex™ tree is designed to be rigid through the length of the saddle, while possessing true lateral flexion to work with the horse’s muscles. The tree width is determined by the size of gullet plate fitted between the tree points. The gullet plate governs the width of the tree from the waist to the tree points.
Genuine EASY-CHANGE® Gullet Plates are engineered to be completely rigid, ensuring they cannot spread, or change shape under normal usage. Gullet plates are colour coded by size and will remain true to their size throughout their life.
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