What are people's opinions on flocked saddled vs. the new CAIR system, which I THINK is only in Wintec saddles...?
Anyway, when I heard about it I thought it was a fantastic idea, but I was reading through some of the stuff on www.sustainabledressage.com and the girl who wrote the articles was kinda against CAIR saddles b/c the rider is less able to communicate to the horse through his/her seat.
These are said to be extra nice to your horse's back. Some firms even use a doormat of air inflated footprints for one to step on with ones bare feet, to feel how nice it feels. And to bare feet, it sure feels nice. But in everyday use, a parallel would be if you were to put these footprints into shoes and walk around in them. Is that easy, you think? If the saddle evens out all the pressure created by the rider, how is it then possible to give distinct seat aids. They will be muddled, of course.
The air-inflated saddles I have ridden in have all been over-inflated. The airbag has acted like a big rubber ball, that makes you bounce. They are also inevitably voluminous, and separate you from the horse.
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So what are people's opinions? I'm just curious.