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Bates(R) Artiste Dressage Saddle in Classic Black with HART Dressage is all consuming... it is for those who have the resolve, the discipline and understand the sacrifices. Its for those riders who dare to dance, to find a soulmate and forge a vision. A vision they will track and step towards over a lifetime, discovering their shared potential. Horse and rider embrace equal power and lightness, expression and precision, restraint, and emotion. Often compared to ballet, dressage is supremely technical and requires strength and flexibility. Each horse and rider need to perform in perfect harmony. Discover the artistry in bold innovations that are surprisingly about the subtlety in riding. Through a position so natural and a connection so sensitive the saddle all but disappears...discover the Bates Artiste. The Artiste Seat is a revelation; your balance is effortless: The SweetSpot in the seat guides the rider to neutral, where they feel their pelvic bones squarely and contact is closest. This allows for a longer leg, perfect alignment, and support for their upper body balance. Allows the rider to sit deeper and in the seat. Ultra-narrow, so that the riders leg drops immediately on to the horse, which profoundly impacts lower leg contact and stability. Adjustable Ergonomic Stirrup Bar further ensures that maintaining perfect balance and strength is effortless, as the saddle is customized specifically to the riders individual ridden alignment. Unrestricting support in the FlexiContourbloc: The FlexiContourbloc may look unconventional, but it behaves entirely differently in the Artiste. Bates perfected unprecedented support for stabilizing the riders leg and eliminating any lift, with a contour that flows through the full length of the bloc. It is the quiet interact