Hey all, thanks to the strength of the Aussie dollar currently, I am thinking of dipping into my fast dwindling Aussie account to buy a jumping saddle here in the States.
I have two used saddles currently on loan to try out on my horse: A Bates Caprilli Close contact (retails $1349) here is a piccie so you know which model I am talking about:
The other saddle is a Courbette close contact (retails about $1600), piccie:
Both are unmounted but in excellent condition, the Courbette is two years older. Asking price for the Bates is $1100 (ridiculous since it is used, I am offering $750) and the Courbette is asking $900 (I will offer $700)
My question is - which is a better saddle in your much valued opinion? I love riding in Bates saddles and so am biased towards them. The Caprilli does have the CAIR gullet system which is a bonus. Obviously it will also depend on which saddle fits my horse the best however I would like general opinions on both models as I do not have any experiene with Courbettes so if anyone owns one and loves/hates it, please post and tell me your experience! I have both saddles till Monday so post post post away!!
Thanks in advance