Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Contrary to popular belief they do not fit all horses either, and not all models will fit the same horse.
I'd be very reluctant to order a saddle unless there is a good refund policy.
There is nothing wrong with Bates, but I feel that other brands make better, and comfier, saddles.
Edit: I just looked at Bates website. If you want my opinion I would go for the Bates Elevation DS (or even the Bates Elevation DS+). I like the cut of the seat better, it seems more central, and over all it just looks like a nicer saddle. I've had a Close Contact, and ridden in a couple, and I didn't think they were great. They were passable, but I wouldn't get another one.
My second choice would be the Hunter Jumper.
Then the Standard Elevation, then the Close Contact.
Last edited by Saskia; 10-26-2010 at 04:31 PM.