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post #11 of 19 Old 08-29-2012, 05:21 AM
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I don't like it personally. Too restricting and it felt like my back was getting bent backwards too much!

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post #12 of 19 Old 08-29-2012, 07:31 AM
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I'm very short, with stumpy upper legs like Isabel. Still hate it ;)
FAR too restrictive, it jams my pelvis so I can't move.
I can see how it would be good for people starting out and learning to develop an independent seat, but for a rider with an established seat they strap you in when you need to move.
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My previous saddle was the Wintec Isabel from around 2002, and I loved it. It was comfortable for my horse and me, and it helped me to maintain the correct position.
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I agree with everyone that says it straps you in and places your pelvis in an uncomfortable and incorrect backwards position.
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post #15 of 19 Old 08-29-2012, 11:01 AM
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I dislike the wintec isabell (old and new) and love the bates isabell (old) and hate the new isabell by bates. Ironically I find the bates and wintec while the "same" model fit completely differently. I've got the bates isabell from about 2005 and it's amazing - like it better than any other dressage saddle i've ever sat in. I'm only selling it bc I don't have a horse for it anymore (my dressage horse has a back injury and is semi-retired) and it seems a shame to keep it sitting when it's in brand new condition (less than 25 rides).

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post #16 of 19 Old 08-29-2012, 12:05 PM
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I rode on one for about a month awhile back. I don't think they're all that great. The seat was hard, and I was always sore after using it. Didn't help that the one I was riding on was a size too small for me.
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post #17 of 19 Old 09-03-2012, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you everybody for all of your opinions. I did decide to pass on the saddle, too many negatives and I didn't find it very comfortable at all. I also decided to go with a different type of wintec dressage saddle! Thanks again! I love this forum!
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post #18 of 19 Old 09-05-2012, 03:38 PM
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I've ridden in many wintecs including the isabell and had great luck with them. They last.
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post #19 of 19 Old 09-05-2012, 05:47 PM
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I found that the feelings towards the Isabel are often either love/hate.

Don't base your decisions just on reviews. Each saddle fits each person differently, and offers a different ride on different horses. Some people find some saddles great while others despise them. Reviews are good when discerning the quality of saddles but for something like Bates/Wintec, where you know what you're going to get, its a matter of finding one YOU like an that fits your horse. They certainly don't fit all horses but I do find that they fit a larger range than some other saddles.

If you sit in a saddle and feel comfortable in it take that as good sign, then try riding in it.

Bates is a large company and they certainly would not make a saddle is generally unpopular. I've known many people to have the Isabel and love it a lot.

I personally don't like it, I just have a Dressage 500 model but I find that seat is a lot more shallow.

On a side note... I wouldn't be keen on buying a second-hand Cair saddle, and always check the Wintec tree for cracks.
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