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Bates All Purpose+ Saddle with CAIR

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Bates All Purpose+Saddle

Also known as a general Purpose saddle.

The Bates All Purpose Saddle is the world's first true high-performance general-purpose saddle, with cutting-edge design and technology never before seen in a saddle of this type. With instantaneous comfort, security, and balance, you will experience the power of invention, assuring the most comfortable deep seat for leisure riding, flatwork, and some jumping. A General Purpose saddle (also known as an All Purpose saddle) is the most widely used and popular saddle among horse owners. They're made for riders who want to do a little bit of everything. The flaps are sufficiently forwards cut for jumping, as well as for schooling and hacking. The GP saddle is a descendant of the jump saddle, and it features knee rolls, but they are smaller than the jump saddle's. 

The deep seat and slim waist of the saddle allow the rider to communicate better with their horse or pony, while the  slightly forward cut flap give the ultimate in general purpose riding. Designed for a mix of Dressage, trails , show jumping or a great day at  the local riding Club.

 The traditional Bates All purpose saddle is made of the quality European leather.

This saddle features cutting edge design and technology. Riders will experience the power of innovation with instantaneous comfort, security and balance, ensuring the most luxurious seat for leisure riding, flatwork and some jumping. 

This saddle is the first truly high performance general purpose saddle in the world. Featuring an Adjustable Ergonomic Stirrup Bar for effortless rider alignment and the added performance advantage of double-lined Opulence leather, renowned for its ultra-soft and grippy characteristics. 

Bates All Purpose Saddles are the most technologically advanced in the world, delivering a new benchmark in comfort for both horse and rider.
Underneath the finest European leather, the all-purpose saddles feature all of the innovations and technology synonymous with the high performance, discipline-related saddles.

Precision custom fit

…EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution

Together the EASY-CHANGE Gullet System and the EASY-CHANGE Riser System offer a total fitting solution for your horse’s absolute comfort and your peace of mind.

All adjustments are measurable, symmetrical and completely reversible, ensuring total confidence in your ability to custom fit your saddle to your horse’s changing shape for optimal comfort and performance.

Protective cushioning


AUS Eventer Prue Barrett chooses to ride exclusively in high-performance Bates Saddles.
"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."

…CAIR Cushion System


The revolutionary CAIR Cushion System replaces the traditional fillings in your saddle panel with air. There are two independently sealed air Cushions within each saddle panel. The concept of air, as the ultimate in cushioning for your horse, is simple. Air being a fluid medium will constantly adapt to the horse’s working muscles. This means that your weight will be distributed evenly across the entire length of the cushion, virtually eliminating pressure points.

This extraordinary comfort results in freer movement, better carriage, and a happier horse.

For such a simple concept the dramatic difference the CAIR Cushion System makes to your horse’s comfort and performance is profound.


Ergonomic flex

…Elastiflex Tree


Supported by an EASY-CHANGE Gullet, the Elastiflex Tree features a rigid head to maintain clearance over your horse’s wither, while possessing lateral flexion to work with your horse’s muscular movement with every stride. Precision engineered to be lightweight, symmetrical and ultra durable the Elastiflex Tree is guaranteed against breakage for the lifetime of your saddle (under normal riding conditions), deemed to be 10 years.

Free movement

…Performance panel technology

  • a generous panel, designed to ensure a large footprint on your horse’s back, maximising the weight bearing surface of the saddle and resulting in a reduction in pressure and increased comfort for your horse.
  • a wide and even chamber, with performance panels to support your horse’s working muscles and maximise movement in their shoulder area.
  • plus complementary technologies for your horse’s comfort including world-leading girthing systems.

Superior rider performance

…Comfort seat technology

  • multilayered foams of exacting densities for instantaneous comfort and support of an optimal position.
  • a narrow waist anatomically shaped for closer contact.
  • plus complementary technologies for your comfort including world-leading stirrup bar, and systems to precision-tailor support for your riding position.


Delivery ETA

Due to the ongoing effect Covid has had on manufacturing. many Bates saddles have interrupted delivery times. This is something felt by all retailers throughout Australia. Many of our saddle are being made to order, especially Lux upgrades which is well worth the wait. If you would like to know the ETA of delivery on a particular Bates item, please send us an enquiry to [email protected] or simply give us a call so our friendly staff can help you secure the saddle of your dreams.

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