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Bates Dressage+ Luxe Leather Saddle

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Bates Dressage+ Luxe Leather Saddle

The Bates Dressage+ Luxe Leather Saddle features top-of-the-line leather. This dressage saddle offers classic elegance and exceptional comfort while promoting your correct and balanced riding position. 

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Item #: X1-150062
List: $2,995.00
Dover's Price:
$2,750.00
Ships in 2-5 Business Days
Helpful Information
How to Size a Dressage Saddle to a Rider
How to Clean
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The Bates Dressage+ Luxe Leather Saddle delivers high performance in a classic looking package as innovative features work to ensure your horse’s comfort and your balanced riding position. It’s crafted from Luxe Leather, hand-selected from the finest calf leather in the world. This leather is cared for meticulously throughout its specialized tanning process to guarantee exceptional performance in strength, color richness and ultra-soft feel.

The Dressage+ Saddle offers a seat with a narrow twist and greater width behind, plus molded knee inserts, to promote your increased comfort in the optimal dressage position. Adjustable Ergonomic Stirrup Bars and the Adjustable Flexibloc system let you customize this saddle to your preference; recessed stirrup panels further promote a close contact feel. Built on the Elastiflex tree with quilted panel points, horse comfort and fit is supported by the EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution and CAIR® panels.

Description of features:

Elastiflex tree has a rigid head to maintain clearance over the horse’s withers. It also offers the lateral flexion to work with your horse’s movements. Precision engineered to be lightweight, symmetrical and ultra-durable, this tree is guaranteed against breakage for 10 years under normal riding conditions.

Adjustable Ergonomic Stirrup Bars allow you to alter the positioning of the stirrup bars, resulting in complete control over your preferred riding position.

Adjustable Flexibloc system enables you to customize the support offered for an individualized riding position. It provides great flexibility for altering the support offered by the saddle, dependent on usage.

EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution is comprised of the EASY-CHANGE Gullet system and the EASY-CHANGE Riser system. It offers a total saddle fitting solution for absolute horse comfort and your peace of mind.

Select the optimal gullet width in the EASY-CHANGE Gullet system for your horse’s current shape and muscling. Make adjustments within the saddle panels for optimal balance and clearance with the EASY-CHANGE Riser system. All adjustments are measurable, symmetrical and completely reversible, ensuring total confidence in the saddle’s ability to be custom fitted to the horse’s changing shape for optimal comfort and performance.

CAIR® Cushion system uses air cushions in place of traditional panel fittings. CAIR air cushion technology inside generously sized Bates performance panels provides significant advantages in the way it distributes the rider’s weight and cushions the horse’s back. Under your weight, air cushions continually mold to mirror your horse’s individual conformation and working muscles. They ensure a close, even contact over a much larger weight-bearing area and help eliminate instances of pressure points.

In cushioning your horse’s back, the dynamic nature of the air ensures it works in synergy with your horse’s muscles, rather than your horse’s muscles working against a static medium. Additionally, air provides the ultimate shock absorption, reducing instances of trauma to your horse’s back.

Adjustable Y-Girthing enables customized adjustments for your horse’s individual conformation. It maximizes saddle stability as it secures the saddle from both front and rear.

QUICK-CHANGE Girth Points offer peace of mind in knowing that the points can be fitted to factory standard throughout the life of the saddle. This girth system also allows customization by a saddler or saddle fitter. The unique design ensures the girth points are highly durable and ultra slim-profile, which supports a close contact feel and increased comfort for horse and rider.


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Care: Due to the more natural properties of Luxe Leather, this saddle may require additional dressing to prevent moisture loss and to protect the leather, particularly in high areas of wear. Treated in this manner, your new saddle will achieve the traditional, rich patina of aged, worked leather and you can expect years of excellent service from your saddle.



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Guidelines for Sizing a Dressage Saddle to a Rider
For dressage, you need to sit deeply in a neutral, balanced position on your horse. A saddle that fits you and your horse well will make achieving a good position easy. Long flaps on dressage saddles encourage a long stirrup length to maximize your ability to keep a relaxed leg in full contact with your horse. Thigh blocks designed to support your legs- long, short, large, small, external or under the flap -and the depth of the seat, are matters of personal preference.

The "twist" of a saddle is also a personal choice, though it is an aspect of saddle tree design intended to accommodate the horse's shape more than the rider's. The twist is located behind the pommel at the front of the saddle's seat. The front of any saddle tree has a steep angle to accommodate a horse's withers, while the back of the tree has a flatter angle to accommodate a horse's back. The twist occurs where the bars of the tree "twist" to form the transition between the front and back of the tree. The width of the strip of leather over the twist does not necessarily indicate the width of the twist.

If you sit in a saddle and feel like you're sitting on a wide board, then the twist is too wide for your build. This could force you into a chair seat position, which puts you behind the horse's movement. A twist appropriately sized for you will allow your legs to hang down softly. If a twist is too narrow for you, your thighs won't feel supported. A professional saddle consultant can be sure that your ideal twist is appropriate for your horse's build.

Consider these guidelines as you look for your perfect fit in a dressage saddle.

  • Hip to knee length determines where your knee and leg fit in accordance to the angle and point of the flap. Look to fit this part of your leg first. The rotation and size of the saddle flap should complement the angle of your leg. Your knee should hit at the top point of the flap with at least two fingers to spare.
  • Saddle seat size affects your comfort, ability to move and effectiveness in seat aids. Ignore the seat size measurement of the saddle and work with what actually fits your body. Every manufacturer's saddle seat sizing will feel different. Most saddles require that you fit between three to four fingers (a hand's width) behind your bottom and the tip of the cantle. If you feel confined in a deep-seated saddle, then try the next seat size up.
  • Flap length is less important than the way the flap shape complements the angle of your leg. As a general guideline, the flap will fall only about a third of the way down your calf. The goal in determining flap length is to avoid having the edge of the saddle flap catch on the top of your tall boot or half chap.
  • Riding style, your own personal preference, for any one factor of the saddle and your position as determined by your unique physical build is always important. If you feel confined or restricted in a saddle, or conversely, do not feel supported, try another saddle.


How to Clean Your Leather Saddle
Care for your saddle properly to ensure it can provide years of service.

After every ride, wipe perspiration and footing dust from your saddle with a barely moistened rag. Pay particular attention to removing grime from the billet straps. These critically important straps are the most likely area of your saddle to wear first as they are exposed to horse sweat and are always placed under great pressure during use. They may require more frequent conditioning than other parts of your saddle.

Once weekly, clean and condition all leather surfaces of your saddle using either the traditional glycerin soap method or a specially formulated leather cleanser. The economical glycerin soap method of cleaning involves wiping your saddle with a moistened sponge to remove dust and dirt. Rub hard to remove grime. When the leather feels smooth and clean, rub a nearly dry sponge or rag against the glycerin soap bar. Apply a thin layer of glycerin soap (no suds during this step) to your leather to seal its pores and keep it soft, but not sticky.

Newer methods of cleaning your saddle involve convenient and easy-to-use tack cleaning and conditioning products; follow the manufacturers' label instructions on any product you choose. Almost every tack manufacturer has a recommendation or product preference for cleaning and conditioning its saddles, and some manufacturers produce their own. Additionally, some suede, buffalo or patent leather may require special care according to the saddle maker. Always follow saddle manufacturer's guidelines when considering commercial leather cleaners and conditioners.

One-step leather cleaners also condition your leather as you wipe away grime. Two-step cleaners usually advise following cleansing with a conditioner that will soften and protect the leather.