Need a new saddle? Try before you Buy!

A saddle is a major investment and we know just how important it is to get the right style and fit for you and your horse. That’s why we introduced the Mackey test ride service for Bates and Wintec saddles through selected saddle dealers nationwide.

The Bates and Wintec brands are two of the world’s leading brands of saddles. While Bates Saddles are renowned worldwide for their superb design and the extraordinary attention to detail that is seen in each and every saddle that carries the Bates badge of honour, the world’s no.1 synthetic saddle – Wintec, offers great design at an exceptional price. Understanding that a new saddle is a major investment Mackey Ireland, distributor of the Bates and Wintec range of saddles in Ireland, has introduced a test ride service for Bates and Wintec saddles, so you can be confident that you choose the best model to suit you and your horse.

Available through your local saddler, this service allows you to take any of the saddles available in the Mackey Ireland Bates and Wintec saddle library on trial for a few days, so you can really get a feel for the saddle and be 100% confident that it’s the one for you. With such a wide range of models and styles to choose from, just one trial ride may not be enough and this service will allow you to make your decision with complete confidence.

Chosen by many of the world’s top riders, Bates saddles are unique in that the focus has been shifted to the horse to achieve the best fit and level of comfort, for the highest performance possible for both horse and rider. The company is driven by providing practical and innovative solutions to longstanding drawbacks in saddle design and the launch of the EASY-CHANGE Gullet System in 1996 marked a huge leap forward in saddle design and is now available across the range of Bates and Wintec saddles. This system allows the rider to easily custom fit their saddle to their horse’s changing shape, which rarely stays constant with the changing seasons. The latest revolutionary innovation by Bates and also introduced into the Wintec range – the CAIR Panel System – has won acclaim from renowned riders, vets, remedial therapists and saddlers from around the world. The CAIR Panel System replaces the traditional fillings in your saddle panel with air. The concept of air as the ultimate in cushioning for the horse is simple: being a fluid medium, air will constantly adapt to the horse’s working muscles. This means that your weight will be distributed evenly across the entire length of the panel, virtually eliminating pressure points. This extraordinary comfort results in freer movement, better carriage and a happier horse and for such a simple concept, the dramatic difference the CAIR Panel System makes to a horse’s comfort and performance is profound.

We have 16 saddles in the Mackey Library that approved saddle dealers can avail of – 8 Bates and 8 Wintec, with a great range of styles to give you a wide selection to choose from.

So if you are looking for a new saddle to partner you and your horses for many, many years to come, look no further than Bates or Wintec – available to test ride at a saddler near you.

Mackeys are delighted to distribute Bates and Wintec Saddles in Ireland. For details of your nearest stockist contact us on or Tel 045 404620.


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