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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan. 20, 2011

    Default replacing bates cair panels???

    Does anyone have info on where I need to send my saddle to have the cair panels replaced? They are quite deflated.

    Also... is it possible to have them replaced with wool flocking?

    Any idea on cost for this sort of endeavor?


  2. #2
    Join Date
    May. 14, 2003
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    I had the cair panels pulled off my wintec when I bought it and replaced with wool flocking-my saddler does this all the time, as he really really dislikes the cair panels. I don't think it was too terribly expensive-no worse than a standard reflocking. Rocking B Saddle Shop in Hillsboro, NC did mine.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan. 20, 2011


    ballpark cost?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun. 12, 2009


    If you contact Bates, they'll get you in touch with one of their authorized saddle repair people. The panels have some sort of warranty against deflating, not sure what the terms are but it's worth calling the company about IMO. They're great to deal with.

    I thought mine were deflating also (saddle is about 8 years old), I sent it to the person they referred me to and not sure what he did but he fixed them without replacing them and it was about $150 including shipping both ways.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun. 7, 2006


    Kate Wilson does a great job of replacing the panels with wool.

    Not sure what she charges but her website is and you can call her and ask so you have something to compare with others.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov. 7, 2006
    Knoxville TN


    It's fairly straightforward, but make sure whoever does it will deliver it and fit it to your horse. I've seen no end of reflocks done remotely, by shipping there and back, and there is always some asymmetry, or some inconsistency that you don't notice until it's on the horse's back. Also, the huge advantage of getting the wool panels (apart from the fact that riding on Cair is like riding on bouncy beach-balls) is that you can have it adjusted perfectly to your horses' back - so why wouldn't you ? Find your local fitter, would be my advice.

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