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Bates saddles are crafted of fine quality European leather and built with modern technologies including the Easy-Change™ Fit Solution and the CAIR® Cushion System. Whether for dressage, jumping or all-purpose, Bates saddles are engineered to provide comfort, balance and seamless contact between horse and rider. The Easy-Change® Fit Solution allows a rider to fit the saddle to a horse’s changing shape in a measurable, but completely reversible way. The gullet system alters the width of the saddle, while the riser system allows for minor changes in the way panels sit on a horse. CAIR panels distribute weight and protect the horse’s back using air-filled cushions; the air in the panels adjusts continuously to the horse’s active muscles to eliminate pressure and absorb shock. A narrow waist design, ergonomic stirrup bars and innovative block systems support a proper riding position in any discipline.