Focused on Rider Performance

Ergonomic Stirrup Bar

Ergonomic Stirrup Bar

The design registered stirrup bar removes at least one thickness of leather from under your thigh, ensuring even closer contact and maximizing your comfort. The unique shaping offers secure attachment of your stirrup leather, while enabling the leather to come free if required during a fall. Selected Bates models feature a recessed channel to the stirrup keeper, further eliminating interference with your leg for a closer feel of the horse and increased comfort.

Adjustable Ergonomic Stirrup Bar

Featured on select saddles, the Adjustable Ergonomic Stirrup Bar, allows effortless horse and rider alignment to be achieved by altering the positioning of the Stirrup Bar, enabling the rider complete control over their preferred riding position. The Adjustable Ergonomic Stirrup Bar can be easily repositioned by simply lifting the catch and sliding the bar to suit the rider’s individual position. The bar should then be secured by pressing down firmly on the catch and locking the bar into place.

Comfort Seat Technology

Comfort Seat Technology

Exclusive Comfort Seat Technology utilizes multi-layered foams of exacting densities for instantaneous comfort and supporting an optimal position. All Bates Saddles feature a narrow waist anatomically shaped for closer contact with the horse.

Adjustable Flexibloc System

A revolutionary system that enables the rider to customise the support offered for their individual riding position. Offers great flexibility for altering the support offered by your saddle dependent on usage.


Select Bates Saddles feature an external FlexiContourbloc®, anatomically contoured to the shape of your leg, allowing you to ride in and behind the bloc to support your individual position for maximised comfort and security. The FlexiContourbloc® can be moved forwards, backwards or on the precise angle to mirror your individual riding position.


Revolutionary Contourbloc®

Featured on select saddles, this external Contourbloc® is anatomically contoured to the shape of your leg, allowing you to ride in and behind the bloc. This eliminates any tendency for your leg to lift over the bloc, aiding in developing an independent seat. The unique contoured shape dramatically increases your security in the saddle, offering unrestricted support.

Safety Girth Point System

Safety Girth Point System

The innovative method of girth point attachment offers you peace of mind that your girth points can be fitted to factory standard throughout the life of your saddle. It also offers customisation of your girthing system by your saddler, saddle fitter or retailer. The unique design registered fitting ensures that the girth points are highly durable and ultra slimline, facilitating even closer contact and comfort for both horse and rider.

Many of the design features and innovations in Bates Saddles are protected by design registrations and patents.