Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
I used to work for a certified saddle fitter and I can honestly say I don't like how the saddle fits the horse, how it fits you ESPECIALLY and I generally don't like bates to begin with haha.
On your horse, it sits weird..idk but it just looks off. If the saddle is sitting on your horse without a pad, can you easily run your hand under the saddle and over his shoulder without any pressure? If you can the saddle fits well there but seems to be too wide at the withers. If you can't, the saddle is too narrow and you need to look for a wider model. To me, the saddle looks a tad wide, but a few bumper pads would fix that.
For you, the saddle is completely wrong. I can't imagine you attaining a proper position in that...thing haha. The flaps are way to short even though your stirrups are at the right length for jumping (this is a jumping saddle by the way). The seat is also too small because you have a longer femur and therefore you must get a larger seat to accommodate for your leg. This saddle is absolutely fine for HUS but NOT FINE for you. Just based on how you fit the saddle, you NEED to pass this one up.
Plus, I really don't like bates. It's a cheaply made saddle (I'm pretty biased cause I got to work with the best made saddles in the world) and the whole CAIR system is complete bs. The reason that the best saddles are flocked with wool is because wool molds to the horse aka it breaks in! The CAIR system does not. It's like when you buy a pair of new riding boots, you want to break them in asap cause they hurt like crazy! If your boots NEVER broke in, I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be a happy camper. Same with wool flocking and the CAIR system, CAIR never breaks in.
In regards to getting an A/P or CC, do you do a lot of jumping or mostly flatting? CC saddles are mostly used for jumping, but do just fine while on the flat. I love my CC and do excellent when doing HUS. Just my opinion tho! Gorgeous horse btw. :)
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