1. How long have people been riding in saddles with the CAIR® Cushion System?
People have now been riding in saddles with the CAIR® Cushion System since the year 2000.
2. How Durable are the CAIR® Panels, will they burst, or leak?
The casing of the air panel is made with a PVC material that is extremely strong and durable designed to last through the decades in all weather conditions. This PVC material is used commercially to line mining/chemical dams over uneven ground at all temperatures.
3. Is there a guarantee on the CAIR® Cushion System?
The CAIR® Cushion System is covered under the new saddle warranty for a period of two years against faulty materials, or workmanship.
4. What is inside an Air Panel?
The break-through manufacturing method is patented worldwide. The CAIR® Air Panels are shaped and refined at the point of manufacture to provide an even thickness throughout the panel. A unique feature of the CAIR® Cushion System is that the Air Panels are unable to be adjusted, therefore eliminating any opportunity for human error, ultimately affecting performance.
Air is captured at atmospheric pressure in an open-celled foam and sealed in the Air Panel. Once the air panel is welded the open-celled foam becomes irrelevant, as it is the air trapped in the panel, which is doing the work
Furthermore, the balance of saddles with the CAIR® Cushion System is easily altered without compromise to the performance of the air panels.
5. What happens if the CAIR® Panels are punctured?
If the CAIR® Panels are punctured then they have to be replaced. A saddler can perform the simple procedure of replacing a CAIR® Panel for you.
6. I’ve heard that fitting a saddle with the CAIR® Cushion System is different to fitting one with traditional fillings. Is this true?
Yes. Simply, air is a fluid medium and flocking is a static medium and, therefore, they operate in a different way. The most important difference when fitting an air panel is that the even bearing of the panel will not be evident until the rider is sitting in the saddle. It is only when the rider’s weight bears down that the air will fluidly move to hug the horse’s back and distribute the rider’s weight evenly. To check even bearing of a saddle, the rider should be seated in the saddle.
7. Can you use a saddle with CAIR® on more than one horse?
Yes. The CAIR® Cushion System does not have a residual memory, which means that it will mirror any back shape on which it is placed. Traditionally filled panels mould to the one horse, which means that the saddle should have all fillings removed and be totally repacked before use on another horse.
8. Can Gel Pads be used under saddles with the CAIR® Cushion System?
It is not recommended for gel pads to be used under this panel system, as we believe that CAIR® provides superior shock absorbency. A thin saddle blanket is all that is needed. When using a gel pad with a saddle with CAIR®, you are increasing the bulk between the saddle and the horse affecting communication. If a horse has severe atrophy it is preferable to fit the saddle slightly wider, rather than narrower. If you fit the saddle to the horse’s atrophied condition the saddle will continue to restrict blood flow and prevent the muscles from redeveloping. In this instance only, is it recommended to fit the saddle slightly wider and use riser pads to fill the craters between the horse’s wasted muscle and the saddle.
9. What type of saddlecloth is recommended for use with a saddle featuring the CAIR® Cushion System?
Once you have achieved an optimal fit with your saddle featuring CAIR® the saddlecloth should only serve one purpose — to keep the saddle clean. Thick saddlecloths should not be used for padding, as they will compromise the performance of the CAIR® Panels in providing the ultimate comfort, constantly adapting with the horse’s working muscles.
10. The Thermographic images of these panels may be even, but it’s all red and therefore much hotter for the horse isn't it?
NO, this is not the case, as the camera automatically grades the colour to get the maximum variation in the heat within the photo taken at any time. We are not after getting less red, but rather a minimal variation in heat, in other words, a constant colour rather than different colours. As the camera grades the heat for each individual photo the red in image two could be a lower temperature than in image one, however this is not so important. The most important point is the even colour showing that the pressure is evenly distributed over the whole bearing area of the panels.
11. How does a change in temperature affect the CAIR® Air Panels?
There is minimal affect of temperature on the CAIR® Air Panels. For a 30 degree (Celsius) change in temperature there is approximately 1% change in expansion of the Air Panel.
12. Does CAIR® remove the weight from the horse’s back?
No, It is impossible to remove the pressure from the horse’s back, as if someone is on the horse there will be pressure. However, CAIR® distributes it evenly over the whole bearing area of the CAIR® Panels. This means that the rider’s weight is not concentrated on the pressure points evident in traditionally filed panels, it is dispersed over the whole CAIR® Panel. In some instances you may find a pressure area that is the size of the individual CAIR® Panel. This is the best result that, as a saddler, we can achieve spreading the weight over the maximum area possible. We believe that for the horse this may feel like a great deal of weight has indeed be lifted.
13. How adaptable are the saddles for achieving an optimal fit?
Extremely, Saddles that feature both the CAIR® Cushion System and EASY-CHANGE Gullet System are unsurpassed in the flexibility they offer for achieving an optimal fit. Once you have selected the correct gullet size for your horse, the CAIR® Panel Insert System enables you to alter the balance of your saddle without compromising the performance of the Air Panels.