High Performance Bates Saddles

Saddle innovations to optimise horse and rider performances

Driven by a philosophy of true innovation focused on saddle performance for horse and rider, Bates Saddles are the most technologically advanced in the world. The innovations in Bates Saddles are engineered to bring out the best in you and your horse for a unique competitive advantage in highly specialised saddles for every discipline.

Underneath the finest quality European leather, you will feel the power of innovation. The instantaneous comfort, optimal balance and seamless contact with your horse enable full concentration on aids.

Your horse will show a marked improvement in its freedom of movement, expression and self carriage, as the CAIR® Cushion System ensures even weight distribution over an increased bearing area on your horse’s back. The EASY-CHANGE® Fit Solution offers a customised fit ensuring your horse’s absolute comfort and your peace of mind.

Borne out of total dedication to deliver saddles for sheer performance, Bates saddles will raise your expectations forever. Revolutionise your riding experience and fulfil your true potential in a Bates Saddle.

CAIR Cushion System logoChoose the CAIR® Cushion System for the ultimate performance panel

The CAIR® Cushion System replaces traditional fillings in the saddle panel with air cushions. While saddles look the same – whether they feature CAIR®, flock, or foam – they behave very differently. CAIR® provides significant performance advantages in the way it distributes the rider’s weight and cushions the horse’s back.

Distributing the rider’s weight

Once the rider’s weight is in the saddle, the air cushions are effectively sandwiched between the tree, and the horse’s back. Under the rider’s weight the air becomes dynamic, continually moulding to mirror the horse’s moving muscles. This achieves an even contact over a much larger footprint, or weight-bearing area on the horse’s back. Increasing the weight-bearing area results in significantly lowering the pressure (per sq cm/inch). Even weight distribution over the full weight-bearing area of the saddle panel maximises the comfort of the horse and increases their freedom of movement.

Cushioning the horse’s back

The dynamic nature of air ensures it is working in synergy with the horse’s muscles, rather than the horse’s muscles working around a static panel (Flock or Foam). Additionally air provides the ultimate shock absorption, reducing trauma to the horse’s muscles in work.

Naturally, horses will demonstrate a marked improvement in performance when changed to a saddle featuring CAIR®.