Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I've got two Bates that I ought to break down and sell someday. Both have CAIR, which I don't like (but my horses do), but the interchangeable gullet works well. Seems like good leather. Haven't owned any other English saddles to compare them to. On the Bates, at least, the interchangeable part seems to be '1-2 times a year' changing, not the '1-2 times/day' that they seem to boast about. I usually cuss so loud when changing the gullets that my dogs go hide.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)
Last edited by bsms; 11-21-2012 at 05:35 PM.