Fitting and saddle care

A well fitting saddle is essential to your horse’s comfort, welfare and general health. Bates Saddles featuring the revolutionary EASY-CHANGE® Fit Solution offer the highest flexibility for achieving an optimal fit and the ultimate performance for your horse.

We recommend that you seek professional advice on your horse’s initial saddle fit and then re-assessed every six months throughout your saddle’s life to ensure the saddle continues to fit correctly, as your horse changes shape according to its age, level of fitness and work program. All fitting adjustments and saddle alterations should be made in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations.

Appropriate cleaning and leather care is crucial to maximising the performance of your Bates saddle. It is a natural product and its life is reliant on maintaining a certain level of moisture. If your saddle is regularly cleaned and dressed you will achieve the traditional, rich patina of aged worked leather and can expect years of excellent service from your saddle.