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post #1 of 30 Old 06-20-2012, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
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Opinion on this Bates Caprilli?

Just found this. I am looking for a jump saddle for my TB mare. Came across this and quiet liked it! The only thing is it has a button missing and maybe the colour to me is a bit off? I like brown saddles for jumping but mum likes black!Not sure what she will say about this find....
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post #2 of 30 Old 06-20-2012, 06:12 AM
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This is for your chestnut? Never put black on a chestnut :P it's way too harsh.

The Bates Caprilli is a pretty darn good jumping saddle. The Caprilli AP is useless, but the jump and the dressage are good.

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Yep for her :)Thats EXACTLY what I am telling mum lol!
Yeah? I quiet like this saddle actaully! Its not in bad conditon, cheap, matching breastplate, stirrup irons...I want it!

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Yep I know lots of people with Caprilli jumps and dressages and all of them LOVE them. I know people with Caprilli APs and all of them HATE them :P (I actually hate AP saddles full stop but that's beside the point)

There is a reason the Bates Caprilli retails for over $3500 new here!
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Well I had an AP that I loved........actually looked exactly like this one, depth of seat, knee rolls, etc. I guess they are much more expensive there, since they can be bought new for about half of what you quoted, last I looked, which was when I sold mine, last spring. I sold for $850, which included full gullet set, saddle was nearly new, and had fittings also.

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I love Bates! So overall anyone that has owned these saddles have said they are good. I think I am mad to let this go!

And for the price as well! I have to be happy with that. Esp since it is still in a reasonably good condition, breastplate, cair and stirrup irons...Its just passing it by mum :/ lol She like the black stuff. She is taking me into HL soon to let me sit in a few. If it isn't this one it is a Collegiate CC.

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The missing flap nail shouldn't be a major problem if the falldown staple is present (you can't see it in the pics) because that fixes through the tree point so will help anchor the flap :)

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I have the Bates Caprilli jump & AP saddle. Both seem well made. With the ones I have, at least, the saddles fit different horses. The AP was designed for a flatter back, and the jump allows the horse to have more curve front to back. My horses have some curve to their back, so the jump saddle fits them well and the AP does not. That was something I didn't expect.

My horses seem comfortable enough with either, but (and this could be my imagination, I suppose) the AP saddle feels much more bouncy on my horses (very short back Arabians). I actually need to try it on the little mustang.

For general riding, the AP ought to be more comfortable. I say ought because I like the feel of the jump saddle better, although I've never tried it for 2-3 hours on a trail. I ride about 90% in an Aussie-style saddle now, but I'm thinking of changing the gullet in the jump saddle and trying my mare with it for general purpose riding.

Just some thoughts. When you look at the saddles, don't assume a Bates Caprilli of different styles will fit your horses the same. My AP saddle sits on a stand in my closet, which is NOT what I bought it for!

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Never put black on a chestnut :P it's way too harsh.
I'm pretty sure the people who do upper level dressage and ride chestnuts don't agree with you.
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Oh wow lots of negatives on these AP's!
I won't be using it for general riding, just jump training and comps :)
Thankyou for all the info!

Speed Racer- Of course not! The black looks amazing on the dressage horses but the brown looksbetter on my mare :) Of course im not TOO worried about the colour

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