Wintec Dressage Saddles... - Page 3
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding > Dressage

Wintec Dressage Saddles...

This is a discussion on Wintec Dressage Saddles... within the Dressage forums, part of the English Riding category
  • bates isabell wintec dressage saddle used

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    09-25-2009, 07:57 AM
  #21
Green Broke
^again, agreed. Wintecs are the same saddle as a bates, just in equi-sweade. This wintec I have is going on it's 10th year I think and the only wear that I see is a little on the over girth
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    09-25-2009, 09:03 AM
  #22
Started
Quote:
Originally Posted by webnut    
Whilst there is no denying the truth in Anebel's reply

you have said that you only do dressage competitions once or twice a season, so I don't see the need for a top of the range saddle that's going to last 50 years (your horse won't!) Therefore having an affordable saddle that you are happy with is important. If you get one with an interchangeable gullet at least you can put it on another horse if/when you get another horse. There is nothing wrong with a Wintec, if there was, they (the brand), wouldn't be so popular. And, as I said before it is from the same company that make Bates, just a different brand name, everything except the material and price is the same and Bates is a very good brand.

Dressage saddles are perfect for schooling and long distance riding, you don't need to get one with the thigh block, they do come without but IMO go for the thigh blocks you will really appreciate it once you've got used to it.

Yes you do need a proper dressage girth, a normal girth is far too long as dressage saddles have very long girth straps so that the buckles and guards are out of the way to allow you closer contact with your horse.

Webnut
Webnut, you have perfectly pinpointed the train of thought that led to my posting this thread! I don't exactly have great showring ambitions, I'm just delving into classical dressage as a way to improve my riding and my pony's condition, education, and ability, and a correct dressage saddle sounds like it would do a lot better for me than my AP. My horse "came" with a nice leather roping saddle, but it's too wide for him, so I'll probably try to sell it and channel the money into the dressage saddle fund.

I can't wait now for a break from school so I can go to the tack store and test some of these saddles! They have a good selection of used saddles, but not specifically used dressage saddles (at least that I have seen), but according to their website, they do stock a couple of Wintec models. The discipline isn't extremely popular in my area. I can probably count on one hand the number of dressage saddle's I've ever seen in person .

Thank you to everyone again for the wonderful advice and insights!
     
    09-25-2009, 09:25 AM
  #23
Guest
Scoutrider
Wintecs are popular over here but they are made of synthetic leather and it doesn't feel the same.
The cair system is designed to make them fit the horse's spine better. There are pros & cons.

If however your budget is limited then - for use say just a couple of times a year
Then OK.

I would suggest you looked at the German dressage saddles - all carefully selected leather - but the price will be exorbitant. But at least then you'll know what the optimum saddle is made of and what the cut should look like. Look up Steuben.

Barry G
     
    09-25-2009, 12:49 PM
  #24
Showing
All I would like to say is that having a leather, namebrand saddle doesn't make you a "real" dressage rider. Using a Wintec doesn't make you any less of a rider.
Like I said, I school in a CC saddle.... hah.
     
    09-25-2009, 01:00 PM
  #25
Green Broke
Again, jdi you and I R on the same page
     
    09-25-2009, 01:03 PM
  #26
Showing
However, you can look out of place in certain shows with a wintec.
     
    09-25-2009, 01:29 PM
  #27
Green Broke
Not at eventing, slot of people have wintecs
     
    09-25-2009, 01:37 PM
  #28
Showing
Yes, you can look out of place... especially in anything above novice level. Most will ride in leather after that.

Leather is a looks and prestige thing, but saying that synthetics are not "real" saddles is a little pretentious.
That was my entire point, is that the saddle certainly doesn't make the rider.
     
    09-25-2009, 01:41 PM
  #29
Green Broke
Exactly.
     
    09-27-2009, 10:17 PM
  #30
Trained
Haha my coach trains and compete FEI (PSG, inter 1, training Inter 2) in a Wintec dressage... not even a Wintect Pro or Isabell, I thinks it's a 500 or something :P
She was riding in a Trainers Jessica, and HATED it, gave her a really bad back and her horse wasn't anywhere near as free through the shoulders as he is in the Wintec. She's found he works so much better over his back and is far softer in the Wintec, and she feels more comfortable in it too.
So it really is up to the rider. I personally don't really like them that much, they don't suit my body shape very well after riding in some very nice leather saddles, but they have fitted all but 1 of my horses perfectly.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2 Dressage Saddles: Wintec Isabell AND Wintec Pro Movin Artfully Tack and Equipment Classifieds 4 06-26-2009 01:51 PM
Wintec 500 Dressage or other dressage saddle? Liberty Horse Tack and Equipment 7 01-25-2009 03:31 PM
Wintec Saddles appylover31803 Horse Tack and Equipment 22 05-19-2008 12:33 AM
What do you think about Wintec saddles? Bucky's Buddy Horse Tack and Equipment 3 04-11-2008 07:43 AM
wintec western: disappearing saddles??? rocky pony Horse Tack and Equipment 3 10-09-2007 04:05 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:20 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0