Originally Posted by equiniphile
If you buy it, I would have the panels re-flocked with wool. A lot of people don't like the CAIR panels. I've also noticed that the quality of the newer saddles is not nearly as nice as the older ones. The tree is flatter than most saddles, so if Oliver has a curvy back it might not fit him. Someone in my Pony Club has an older Caprilli and it is absolutely gorgeous.
Talk to Fancy That on the HGS forum; she had the close contact model and is a huge advocate of it.
totally agreed - I have an older model and they were made in AUS compared to the newer ones made in Vietnam (they are stamped so you can know for sure). The older CAIR panels are even nicer and much different than the newer ones. I'm actually selling mine bc it's basically brand new and I never use it and i've had it for ages in my house, covered, and it's just a waste so I feel bad. I'll miss it but it really doesn't make sense to keep it. It was the ONLY saddle that my one TB with major back issues would go sound in.
As long as it's an older one, go for it! Also I noticed the dressage seats tend to run small as i'm a 17" cc but a 17.5" dressage in my Bates.