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As an eventer, I ride everything from wide-backed pony types to high withered thoroughbreds, which makes saddle fitting a challenge!
Bates Saddles are the first saddles which have been able to be adjusted to achieve a perfect and comfortable fit for each of my horses, giving us a real performance advantage particularly when freedom of movement is of critical importance, both during dressage and when jumping.
I finally have the peace of mind that my horses are comfortable, allowing me to concentrate more fully on our performance. As an added benefit, while I’m on the circuit and in-between saddle fits, the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution is so simple to use that I am able to easily make small changes that help to maintain a perfectly fitting saddle for the comfort of each of my horses, and optimal balance for me!
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I’m not going to do this in an ordinary saddle – I have way too much to do in a split second! Huge uphill and downhill landings, hard-core turns and using my Ninja skills to make split second decisions all while maintaining a faultless position for photos!
At 5’3″ I need a saddle that allows me to instantaneously sit perfectly for the situation and feel secure as though I have 6′ legs. The Bates Elevation+ with Luxe Leather is my partner in crime. It’s got my back no matter how crazy things get.
Where perfection is everything, I don't accept anything less, especially when it comes to my choice of saddle. I've chosen to ride in the Bates Innova range of Dressage saddles for many years as they give me the perfect ride each and every time and allow my horses to move without restriction and in total harmony. My horses are able to develop their muscles without restriction, due to the saddle's easily adjustable design (EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution) and cushioned air panels (CAIR Cushion System). When I received the Bates Innova Mono+ with Luxe Leather I was absolutely blown away! Not only does it put me in complete balance, it gives me added security thanks to the amazing new Luxe Leather. I've believed in Bates saddles since the beginning but this new leather is something else, and now I won’t ride in any other saddle!Return to Top
The comfort of my horses is my number one priority, and as a para-dressage rider, my saddle is of a particular importance to me as my stability is a key factor in our performance. From my first trial ride with the Bates Innova Mono+ with Luxe Leather, I was impressed at how changing my saddle could make such a significant difference to my riding. This saddle totally supports my seat, and I believe, has actually improved my riding position. Not only is the Luxe Leather supremely grippy, but the adjustable stirrup bar and external, moveable knee block allows complete customisation for my position. Since riding in this saddle, I have been able to further stabilise my legs and which has made the contact far more comfortable for my horses. I’m truly honoured to be representing a brand which is so dedicated to horse and rider comfort and look forward to seeing their next innovations!Return to Top
My first ride in the Bates Isabell was a revelation, I suddenly realised the feeling I had been missing. This saddle had an instant and dramatic effect on my riding and I immediately felt an improvement in my horses as I felt closer to them, my aids were more effective and the horses felt much softer over the back. It was a transformation that far exceeded my expectations. Now I’ve learnt more about Bates Saddles research and development including the CAIR Cushion System and EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution it’s easy to understand why you feel such a difference. This saddle is a game changer!Return to Top
In my experience, all horses are much more sensitive in their backs than we fully realise. I think it is incredibly important that they are entirely comfortable and at ease through their bodies in order to perform the work that we ask from them well. If a horse is not comfortable and soft through the body, I don't think it is fair for us to expect a quality performance from them. I’ve been riding in Bates Innova saddles since I was 14 years old (more than 6 years). The Bates Innova saddles look fabulous, optimise my position and most importantly, they are comfortable for my horses as the saddles are so simple to adjust as they grow and change shape to ensure that they remain comfortable. I’m very excited to be riding in Bates Saddles as I am very confident that my horse’s comfort will always be their number one priority!Return to Top
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Ich reite schon seit vielen Jahren in Bates Sätteln mit CAIR Cushion System. Die Sättel sind nicht nur sehr bequem, sondern sie unterstützen mich optimal bei der Verständigung mit dem Pferd und bieten die besten Eigenschaften für die Rücken der Pferde, die ich reite. Ich habe bei sehr vielen Pferden eine tolle Entwicklung der Muskulatur erlebt und habe noch nie ein Pferd mit Rückenproblemen gehabt, dass mit einem Bates Sattel mit CAIR Cushion System geritten wurde. Ich bin sehr glücklich Bates Partner zu sein und ich bin zu 100 % überzeugt, dass Bates Sättel das beste für mich und die Pferde sind, die ich reiten darf.
Bates saddles are not only super stylish but totally adjustable with the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution! I find my eventing horses are constantly changing shape and now I can have perfectly fitting saddles throughout the season. For dressage, I ride in the Bates Dressage+ with Luxe Leather and love the simple design that allows you to effectively use your seat. For the jumping phases, I use the Bates Caprilli Close Contact+ with Luxe Leather and it is my absolute saviour in a sticky situation in cross country. From pony club to 4* level eventing, Bates will have the perfect saddle for you and your horse!Return to Top
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“Bevor ich das erste Mal Bates Sättel für meine Pferde bekam, wusste ich nur sehr wenig über diese Sättel und die Systeme CAIR Cushion System und EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution. Nachdem mir erstmalig erklärt wurde, wie die Systeme funktionieren, habe ich sofort erkannt, dass sie brilliant sind.
Meine Pferde fühlen sich unter diesen Sätteln ganz offensichtlich sehr wohl und sie arbeiten entspannt und motiviert mit mir zusammen. Mir gibt es ein gutes Gefühl, zu wissen, dass die Sättel jederzeit an die Pferde angepasst werden können, wenn die sich verändern, vor allem bei meinem jungen Nachwuchspferd. Bates ist mein erster Sattelsponsor und ich bin sehr froh, dass Bates mich in meiner noch jungen Karriere als Dressurreiterin unterstützt.”
Dressage Competitor and Coach.
I switched to the Bates Innova range with CAIR in 2006 and have never looked back. I want my horse to feel very comfortable and confident in its body - this is an essential part of developing an athlete - and the saddle plays a huge part in this. I believe that the CAIR Cushion System gives the horse more comfort than any other system I've come across; I've used it on many horses now, and am delighted with the results. We had always automatically used gel pads, and it was quite a shock to my preconceived ideas not to need them when using the Bates Innova Mono+ and to find the horses more comfortable without them.Return to Top
Bates Saddles are always working with top riders and incorporating new ideas into their saddles. I am a huge advocate of the systems in Bates Saddles – for people changing horses, the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution is such a great feature so that you can alter the width of the saddle, which is a huge bonus. I think the fluid cushioning of the CAIR Cushion System is so important, particularly when jumping, as it distributes the weight evenly, unlike in traditional saddles, where you feel the weight of the rider on the stirrup bar, which goes straight through to my horses wither. I choose to ride in the Bates Elevation+ with Luxe Leather, which was just so comfortable from the very first ride. I find it easy to ride in the correct position and believe it keeps me in good balance with my horse. For Dressage, I choose to ride in the Bates Innova with Standard Contourbloc.Return to Top
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Too often the development of young horses is inhibited by their saddle performing poorly. With Bates Saddles and the CAIR Cushion System I can have complete peace of mind that my saddle is offering my horse the ultimate in comfort. The increased freedom of movement is proof to me that my horses are comfortable, which is something I consider paramount to the success of relatively young horses under the pressure of elite competition.
My Bates Saddles are a big part of my team, working towards my successes, allowing my body to stay in the right position and feeling at one with the horse to ensure we can feel each other’s movements and giving us a better connection with one another. The Bates Saddles knowledge and expertise in saddle design coupled with the outstanding service they provide is what really makes the difference.Return to Top
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As an eventer, it’s so important to feel secure, yet unrestricted with the freedom to move in the saddle to adjust your position. My saddles of choice for show jumping and cross country, the Bates Caprilli Close Contact and the Bates Momentum, allow me to do just this while also providing my horse with the ability to freely move beneath the saddle with the fluid CAIR Cushion System. I find the same freedom of movement and comfort for both my horses and myself in the Bates Innova Saddles during the dressage phase as well as during flatwork schooling. Having ridden in Bates saddles since pony club I’ve always appreciated the ease of adjustment to enable my saddles to suit a variety of developing horse conformations – this is a real advantage as a professional rider schooling and competing with both young and advanced horses.
I absolutely love the Bates Innova Mono+ with Luxe Leather! Because you are so close to your horse, you can really feel their every movement. This saddle not only gives the horses enough freedom to fully move their bodies, but is also very comfortable for the rider. It gives you a lot of support and still enough freedom to give your aids well. And of course, the extra grip leather makes it very easy to stay nicely in place. In short, all a dressage rider needs!!!Return to Top
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Our whole team at Sandhills is extremely proud to be associated with Bates Saddles, as they offer the highest level of performance with the greatest comfort for our horses. For many years now I have been riding in the Bates Innova during the dressage phase and greatly enjoy the support of the Contourbloc. During the jumping phases I trust the Bates Elevation as it offers me close contact while I am able to maintain a balanced, stable seat. Throughout the demanding season, our eventers are constantly changing condition and having saddles that allow us to make ongoing changes is very important.The EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution allows adjustments required to be made with ease and the addition of the CAIR Cushion System System gives us confidence that our horses are performing at the highest level with the greatest comfort.
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From the first moment I sat in a Bates saddle, I knew they had bridged the gap between rider comfort and exceptional feel without jeopardizing freedom of movement for both horse and rider. With the use of the CAIR Cushion System and the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution, Bates saddles offer an incredible advantage when the performance of our horses is paramount. Whether heading down centerline, flying over a stadium fence, or galloping around cross country, Bates saddles put the needs of riders and their equine partners first and foremost, making them part of our recipe for success.
Dressage reiter and Eventer
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Ich bin wahnsinnig froh, dass ich in Bates Sätteln reiten kann. Ich kenne sie schon seit meiner Kindheit und habe sie seitdem immer benutzt. Als um die Frage eines Sattelsponsorings ging, kam für mich nichts anderes als Bates in Fragen. Ich empfinde es als Privileg, mit einem Hersteller zusammenzuarbeiten, dem es zunächst um den Komfort für die Pferde und die Leistungsfähigkeit des Reiters geht.
Ich bin in verschiedenen Bates Sätteln, sowohl im Dressur- als auch im Vielseitigkeitssport und habe vollstes Vertrauen in die Anpassbarkeit aller auch noch so unterschiedlicher Pferde. Zusammen mit meinem Saddlefitter erzielen wir eine maßgerechte Anpassung an alle meine Pferde, für die großen kräftigen Warmblüter genauso wie für die schmaler gebauten Vielseitigkeitspferde.
Dressage competitor and Eventer
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As a dressage rider, ‘feel’ is the most important sense I have. Bates saddles have the unique ability to offer support and balance without affecting the ‘feel’ of my horse. From the first moment I experienced a Bates saddle, I could feel the difference in myself and my horses immediately. The CAIR Cushion System and the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution offer an experience while mounted unlike any other saddle I've ridden in before. This is made even more evident by the healthy happy horses I ride. I know with Bates saddles that the comfort of my horses comes first which allows me the peace of mind to ride and compete worry free.
Depending on the horse, I ride in either the Bates Innova range or the Bates Isabell for dressage as I love how these saddles support my position whilst maintaining a very close-contact feeling. When I’m show jumping or on the cross country course, I couldn't be without my Bates Momentum. This saddle has been with me as I safely completed the Badminton Horse Trials and the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, to name just a couple. I feel both secure and able to move in my Bates Momentum and I love how I can not only customise them to fit my horse but with the adjustable front and rear Flexiblocs, my position can be perfectly supported too!Return to Top
I have chosen to ride in Bates Saddles because they are so horse and rider friendly. The CAIR Cushion System panels make all the difference in my horses' way of going. The adjustability of Bates Saddles allows me to create just the right feel for myself and my horses. With my Bates Innova Mono+ I have the confidence that I can get the best out of my horses and I can ride at my best.Return to Top
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Während meiner Karriere bin ich in vielen verschiedenen Sätteln geritten, aber vom Bates Isabell Sattel war ich sofort sehr beeindruckt. Der Bates Isabell ermöglicht eine bessere Kommunikation zwischen Pferd und Reiter. So weiß ich, dass meine Pferde sich immer frei fühlen können und im Rücken elastisch fühlen können und ich habe eine sehr gute Verbindung und verstehe so, was unter dem Sattel passiert.
Dressur reiter and Eventer
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Bates ist ein außergewöhnliches Unternehmen, mit dem es Spaß macht zusammenzuarbeiten. Bei Bates geht man mit wirklich innovativen Ideen zur Optimierung von Leistung und Komfort für Reiter und Pferd neue Wege, die sich sonst niemand zu gehen traut. Für den Reitsport auf hohem internationalem Niveau ist eine Partnerschaft zwischen Pferd und Reiter notwendig mit der man über seine Grenzen hinausgehen kann.
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Ich glaube, wir haben einen außergewöhnlich guten Sattel entwickelt. Bei der Entwicklung des Bates Isabell Sattels ging es uns vor allem um das Pferd und darum, einen Sattel mit optimaler Passform zu entwickeln, um die Belastung des Pferdes auf ein Minimum zu reduzieren. Ich denke, dass uns das sehr gut gelungen ist, und auch das CAIR Cushion System hat sich weiterentwickelt. Ich reite sowohl Bates- als auch Wintec Isabell Sättel, im Training und auf allen Turnieren und auf allen meinen Pferden.
Alle haben ein CAIR Sattelkissen und ich muss auch heute, nach so vielen Jahren, immer noch sagen, dass ich beeindruckt davon bin. Du hast das Gefühl im und nicht über dem Pferd zu sitzen. Ich habe während der vielen Jahre, die ich nun schon reite immer wieder Sättel gesehen, deren Lage mit Hilfe von Gel Pads oder Schaumunterlagen korrigiert werden musste. Das ist bei CAIR Sätteln nicht notwendig, weil das Luftkissen in den Sattel eingebaut ist und auch alle Anpassungen im Sattelkissen vorgenommen werden können. Und was mir mindestens genauso wichtig ist – meine Pferde zeigen mir, dass sie sich unter einem Sattel mit CAIR Luftkissen-System sehr wohl fühlen.
Dressage Rider and Coach
As an accredited British Horse Society Intermediate Instructor, I have spent many years producing dressage horses and riders up to Grand Prix level. After riding in Bates Saddles for over 20 years, I decided to learn how to adjust these saddles. Both my clients and I enjoy the ease of being able to make adjustments to balance the saddle on the spot using the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution for both their horse’s comfort, and their rider position. The adjustments in the saddle fit and balance for the horse, as well as the customisation options for the rider are not only simple to use, but they are just as simple to reverse if the desired effect is not achieved. For me, this means that if a rider is having difficulty achieving an exercise, I might choose to alter the Flexiblocs (knee blocks) or change the positioning of the Adjustable Ergonomic Stirrup Bar, to support the rider’s position at that time.Return to Top
José Antonio García Mena
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Dressur Pferde müssen sich frei und harmonisch bewegen ohne Störungen bewegen können. Ich bin sehr beruhigt, weil ich weiß, dass das CAIR Cushion System die beste Wahl für meine Pferde ist, wenn es um die Bequemlichkeit des Sattels und die Entwicklung der Muskulatur geht. Ich habe mich für den Bates Innova Mono+ Sattel aus Luxe Leather entschieden, weil das Monoblatt Design die Kommunikation erleichtert während der verstellbare FlexiContourbloc und die verstellbare ergonomische Sturzfeder mir die Anpassung des Sattels an meine persönlichen Bedürfnisse erlauben und mich unterstützen, ohne zu behindern.
I have been riding in a Bates Saddle since I started competing at the age of 5 and feel that it helped me to develop my seat. I love the design of the Bates Pony Elevation+ which enables my horse to perform at his best and also provides me with assistance over a fence thanks to the moveable knee blocks under the flap.Return to Top
I have been a huge fan of Bates Saddles for over 17 years. I love the innovation that comes out of the Bates company. They are dedicated to ensuring the best fit and comfort for horse and rider. The ease with which Bates saddles can be altered as my horses change shape along with the adjustable stirrup bar and movable FlexiContourblocs are examples of this. The CAIR Cushion System provides another level of comfort for my horses which is really important to me. I now have a new Bates Innova Mono+ with Luxe Leather. This saddle has completely changed my riding. The Bates Innova Mono+ means I am much closer to the horse and this amazing calf-leather (which has to be tried to be believed) gives me the added security that means when my horses shy and do the things they do, as a rider you go with them rather than sliding. I can't recommend this saddle and Luxe Leather highly enough.Return to Top
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Thanks to Bates Saddles I currently have a beautiful Bates Isabell saddle in Luxe Leather for my vaulting horse, Eristoff BJ (Erik). Erik is 18hh Dutch Warmblood by Westpoint (Jazz), he is just 8 years old and is still growing upwards and outwards. My Bates Isabell saddle does the job perfectly as, thanks to the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution, it can easily be adjusted as Erik’s shape changes.
It is very important to me that my vaulting horses are worked daily under saddle (schooling and hacking) to give variation to their work program, keeping them mentally fresh and enabling their muscles to build and develop.
The horse’s way of going, paces, rhythm, suppleness, elasticity, engagement and self-carriage make up 25% of my total score for a vaulting competition and can be the deciding factor between competitors.
I wouldn’t choose to ride my vaulting horses in anything other than Bates saddles!
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Bates Sättel haben mir den Übergang vom Pony Dressursport zum Dressursport mit Pferden sehr leicht gemacht. Seit meinem siebten Lebensjahr hat mir der Bates Pony Dressage Sattel zu souveränem Reiten verholfen. Für den Internationalen Dressursport bin ich nun auf einen Bates Innova Mono+ aus Luxe Leather umgestiegen, der mir sehr hilft meine Hilfen effektiv einzusetzen. Alle meine Pferde haben immer von der einfachen Anpassmöglichkeit der Sättel und den Bewegungsmöglichkeiten durch das CAIR Cushion System profitiert.
Maria Caetano Couceiro
Dressage demands perfection, and it is only achievable with a comfortable and relaxed horse and rider, which is exactly what the Bates Innova Mono+ with Luxe Leather allows. My horses are free to move beneath the CAIR Cushion System which, coupled with the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution allows their muscles to build and develop. Being able to achieve a perfect fit as my horses change shape throughout the season is so important not only for their comfort, but also for my position - and now with a truly innovative Bates Saddle I believe we will perform better than ever.Return to Top
When I first took the Bates Advanta Test-ride Challenge, I was sceptical that a saddle could make SO much difference. I’m a typical eventer, afraid to try anything different and stuck in my ways, as we all are. I genuinely couldn’t believe the improvement in my horses since using the Bates Advanta eventing saddle and the Bates Innova Mono+ dressage saddle. These saddles sit on my horses so perfectly and enables them to move freely through every part of their body, improving the overall top line and muscle mass. The team at Bates also do everything they can to help and ensure the saddle fits correctly. Making it much easier to get the best possible performance out of my horses. I wouldn’t want to use anything else now.Return to Top
Our aim at Castlebar is to produce world-class endurance athletes, and we take great pride in the consistency and quality of our home bred horses. The team at Castlebar is proud to be associated with Bates Saddles as they offer the highest level of performance with the greatest comfort for our horses which is paramount throughout challenging Endurance events. The riders of Castlebar Endurance Arabians favour the Bates Innova range as the saddles provide the greatest level of comfort and security for total confidence throughout both training and competitive riding. The demands of the Endurance discipline are constantly changing our horses muscling and condition and the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution in Bates Saddles allows adjustments to be made with ease. We also ensure all of our saddles and girths feature the CAIR Cushion System which gives us confidence that our horses' comfort, freedom of movement and performance are maximised.Return to Top
Germany's national dressage team coach
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Während meiner Zeit als aktive internationale Dressurreiterin habe ich viele meiner Top-Pferde sehr erfolgreich mit Bates Sätteln geritten. Ich bin nach wie vor davon überzeugt, dass Bates Sättel sehr gut für Reiter mit höchsten reiterlichen Ansprüchen geeignet sind, die großen Wert auf Bequemlichkeit legen und darauf, dass sich die Pferde gut entwickeln können.
Ich reite immer noch sehr gerne in Bates Sätteln und für meine Pferdeausbildung sind die Sättel ideal, weil sie schnell und unkompliziert auf sehr unterschiedliche Pferde angepasst werden können, ohne irgendwelche Kompromisse machen zu müssen.
Bates Saddles are constantly producing innovative saddle designs and fitting systems which have proven truly beneficial whilst competing with multiple horses across a variety of disciplines. The EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution allows my saddles to be custom fitted to different horses, coupled with the fluid cushioning and even weight distribution provided through the CAIR Cushion System. I choose to ride in the Bates Elevation+ and Bates Innova with Standard Contourbloc which incorporate the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution and CAIR Cushion System, to ensure my horses are able to comfortably perform at the highest level.Return to Top
Since the very first time I sat in a Bates saddle, I felt very comfortable in it. As an eventer, I have to feel secure in my saddle but I also need the freedom to move to conquer various jumps. The Bates Elevation+ with Luxe Leather allows me to do that. My horse is very sensitive on her back, so when it comes to saddles, I demand only the best. Bates Saddles can give me that. My horse immediately showed that she felt comfortable because of the CAIR Cushion System. Bates Saddles are my first saddle sponsor and I am really happy and grateful that I can represent this brand.Return to Top
As a professional rider, I'm always looking for a good saddle, and someone told me that I should try out a Bates Innova Saddle. Since then, I have used my Bates Saddles on different horses simply because they are able to be fitted to a variety of horse confirmations and allow the rider to feel close contact with their horse.Return to Top
I find the Bates Saddles extremely comfortable to sit in, the CAIR Cushion System gives me security and softness in the saddle even when I am struggling to find the medium trot button. I feel as though I stay with the movement better and not lose contact with the horses back. My horses are no doubt reaping the benefit also. Even after riding a horse for quite a long time, I have taken the saddle off and have found there are no dry patches where the saddle has been sitting. This indicates to me there are no pressure points at all.Return to Top
With every thoroughbred I ride, comes different saddle fitting requirements and the Bates Show Saddle is the answer every time. With the CAIR Cushion System and the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution, it means the saddle is flexible and fully adjustable to suit my horses. This superior comfort for both horse and rider means optimum results for getting the most out of my horse, whilst still factoring in the aesthetic element required in the show ring. There has been great consideration to the final finish of the Bates Show saddle, with leather covered buttons, doubled stitched girth points and a beautiful straight cut flap to show off the horse’s shoulder. In my view, this is the ultimate show saddle.Return to Top
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Niemand kann den Bates Innova mit dem großen Contourbloc beurteilen, der ihn nicht selbst ausprobiert hat. Man muss fühlen wie er den Sitz verbessert, ohne zu stören und Sicherheit bietet, wenn man sie braucht.
So kann man entspannt und voller Vertrauen im Einklang mit seinem Pferd reiten. Ich fand reiten in Sätteln mit großen Pauschen nie sehr bequem. Ich war daher sehr skeptisch, als ich den Bates Innova Sattel zum ersten Mal gesehen habe.
Aber der Contourbloc ist gar keine herkömmliche Pausche. Er stört überhaupt nicht, bietet aber eine bessere Stabilität und Sicherheit. So kann man sich ganz auf seine Aufgabe konzentrieren. Heute möchte ich keinen anderen Dressursattel mehr reiten, ich bin total überzeugt!
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I’ve used Bates Saddles throughout my eventing career, the performance benefits of Bates Saddles enable me and my horses to perform at all levels. The innovative CAIR Cushion System ensures the rider’s weight is evenly distributed across the horse’s back eliminating pressure points, so I know that my horses have maximised freedom of movement and are always comfortable whilst training and competing.
Many horses I retrain and school have wasted withers and very poor muscles across the back caused by a previous saddle that doesn’t fit. Many owners cannot afford to buy a new saddle or have adjustments made on a regular basis. With the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution, Bates Saddles can be easily adjusted when either a horse changes shape, or should I need it to be used on another horse in the yard. With the help of Dr. Gail Williams (my Veterinary Physiotherapist) and Bates Saddles, I’m confident all of my horses are completely comfortable while in work.
Dressage competitor, Trainer, Coach
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I have used Bates Saddles since I was 10 years old. In fact, I still have my original saddle; my niece currently competes in it and I am sure that my daughter Charlotte will too.
With my current Bates Saddles, I like the adjustability of the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution and I find my horses and those that work with me; relax and accept the saddle universally. The quality craftsmanship of design and the CAIR® Cushion System all provide me with the peace of mind I need to get on with discovering new performance heights. I am able to get the best I can from horse to horse and therefore provide my horses with their best opportunity to excel in a very demanding and competitive sport.
These features combined, make a huge difference to me as a rider and to my horses - I wouldn’t be without my Bates saddles.
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In elite competition, we push the envelope in all we do, so when it comes to my saddles I demand only the best.
When you’re travelling between 600 and 700 meters a minute, it comes down to a question of balance, timing, and judgment – there’s no time for the faint hearted.
Bates saddles sit me in a great position, keeping me well balanced, so I’m prepared for whatever happens next.
As a competitive Eventer I demand a lot from my horses and gear, so when it comes to saddles I trust in Bates Saddles. The ease of adjustment is second to none, and the cushioning of my horses back, achieved with the CAIR Cushion System ensures a close and even contact in all three phases of eventing. In Dressage I ride in both the Bates Isabell and Bates Innova range, depending on the particular conformation and unique movement of the horse. In Showjumping and cross-country I choose to ride in the Bates Elevation+, for a secure lower leg and a seat that gives a very centered and balanced position in both a two- and three-point seat. I also have seen major improvements in girthiness and a marked difference in movement when using girths with CAIR.
Current Competition Horses
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The issue of the comfort for the horse is dealt with very well in all Bates Saddles with the CAIR Cushion System and the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution. I ride in the Bates Dressage+ with Luxe Leather and the Bates Elevation+ with Luxe Leather. The Bates Elevation range seats me closer to the horse than ever before, you really feel how narrow it is in the seat, but also under your leg with your knee being ‘on’ the horse’s shoulder I love the position this saddle puts you in, as it is easy to get up and out of the saddle, feeling very balanced and central over the movement.
I have loved and ridden in Bates Saddles for almost 20 years as they are so comfortable and adjustable for my horses and I. Currently, I choose to ride in the Bates Innova range, as the external bloc helps me to feel even more comfortable and secure, giving me added confidence to compete at a high level. My horses benefit from the lovely wide panels, the CAIR Cushion System and the ability to fine-tune the saddle's fit by using the EASY-CHANGE Gullets and Risers. These systems mean that I don't need to use bulky saddle pads, allowing closer contact between my horses and I. Simply - Bates Saddles offer my horses and I the ultimate in comfort so that we can focus on our performance.Return to Top
Over the years I have jumped in many different saddles. Only my Bates Elevation+ can offer me true comfort and stability. More importantly, my horse feels comfortable and more free to move under me. I have had comments from my Physio and Vet as to the improvement of my horse's back too! I no longer feel the need to add all the extra padding under my saddle which I used to use for my horse's comfort as the air cushioning in the panels moves with my horse's working muscles. By not using extra padding, I also feel much closer to my horse. This saddle looks amazing and feels really comfortable for me too as it has adjustable knee and thigh blocks. When you are in a jump-off and travelling at speed over large fences, things can change in an instant. It is reassuring to know that my Bates Elevation+ gives me such a safe and secure seat.Return to Top