Cair is typically "flatter" and will therefore fit a flatter backed horse more easily, however will not fit a horse with hollows/lack of muscle, because it doesn't go "round"... just sits flat. For a straight back the only thing I have found to fit is the Isabell [dressage] but for an extremely SHORT back it's a bad choice because it is a bulky saddle. The Innova [Bates range, also dressage] might be reasonable and the old-style Wintec 500 dressage is good. For the jumping saddles, I couldn't find anything that was straight enough for the horse I had then. I just jumped him in his dressage saddle. My wintec 500 CC jump is straight-ish, and there are some Prestige saddles that look straight. Bates Elevation DS+ [NOT the standard model] is a very nice jumping saddle which fits straighter horses reasonably as well.
I have a Cair saddle and a flocked saddle and my horse doesn't seem to notice the difference, but the Cair bounces... and my saddle rocks especially in the trot.
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 11-25-2012 at 05:28 PM.