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    11-17-2007, 04:34 AM
  #21
Weanling
Congratulations on the new Bates! And kudos to your dad for finding a NEW one at a great price! I've ridden in a Caprilli Close Contact and found it had a slightly deeper seat than other CC's. Great for flat work. But then, the flap is slightly forward as well...great for jumping! Overall, I think they're a good choice for multiple uses (especially with the adjustable knee blocks) and multiple horses (Changeable gullet)!

Do you already have stirrup leathers for your new saddle? I remember the leather on the Bates' being very soft, so you may want to invest in some calfskin lined/wrapped leathers. Or if you have some well worn-in leathers that don't have stiff sides to mark up your saddle's flaps. Oh, and did your saddle come with the gullet kit? It should come with a Medium (black) gullet installed, but they don't always come with the other sizes. I know, more expenses!! =)
     
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    11-17-2007, 10:53 AM
  #22
Foal
It did come with the gullet kit. I don't have the leathers yet but when I do buy em i'll buy the calf skin things because I don't have any old stirrup leathers
     
    11-17-2007, 11:24 PM
  #23
Started
Nice, that's a good saddle. Hope you and your horse are happy with it.
     
    11-25-2007, 07:50 AM
  #24
Foal
What's the difference between trail riding with an English saddle or a Western saddle? I'm assuming that the Western is just more comfortable. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I'm just taking lessons right now, but plan to get a horse in March.
     
    11-25-2007, 09:23 AM
  #25
Showing
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Originally Posted by Lorry1
What's the difference between trail riding with an English saddle or a Western saddle? I'm assuming that the Western is just more comfortable. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I'm just taking lessons right now, but plan to get a horse in March.
I trail ride with a western, never did it with an English but the western has more places to attach stuff, packs water bottles etc. and is a little more secure imo than an english saddle. I guess it depends on what type of trails you plan to ride, flat easy riding or rough up and down terrain.
     
    11-25-2007, 09:32 AM
  #26
Foal
Ive done a rough up and down trail ride before in an english saddle & I hated it. It felt like I was sliding out of the saddle everytime the horse moved! So I definitely like western saddles better for trail riding,
     
    11-25-2007, 09:44 AM
  #27
Foal
Thanks for your responses. Your information is appreciated and will better help me to make a decision when I go to buy my first saddle.
     
    11-25-2007, 09:45 AM
  #28
Showing
Guess I should throw in the endurance saddle. My husband loves them. Basicly a western saddle without the horn. I think they have the best of the english and western parts. I sometimes wish I had ordered mine without the horn, but no going back now.
     
    11-25-2007, 09:49 AM
  #29
Foal
I just want to tell you that your horse is beautiful. What kind is it? I'm very partial to the brown or chestnut horses with the white blaze down the head. I hope to get a chestnut saddlebred.
     
    11-25-2007, 10:07 AM
  #30
Showing
Who Me ? Mine is a Rocky/Kentucky mountain horse and she is black. The white spot on her forehead is a hair tie.
     

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