Hey y'all, I'm looking at buying an english saddle as a primary saddle for endurance. But I'm not too fond of how...kinked english riders legs are. So I was looking at getting a dressage saddle. So, thoughts? Posted via Mobile Device
I like the older model Wintecs MUCH more than the newer models. I don't like the Wintec 2000 I bought 2 yrs ago but like the old Wintecs two of my instructors have. Even like the one that's duct taped up better than the newer model. The older ones just have a better feel.
I feel much more secure and balanced in a dressage saddle than anything else. There are many subtle shape differences between them, so best thing to do is go to a tack shop that has several and sit in them all.
I love the Wintec Isabell (narrow twist), but not so much a fan of the other Wintec dressage models (for me - many people like a wider twist). Some people like a deeper seat, others like flatter. I do like Wintecs and think they fit some horses well, but not all horses, even with the changeable gullets. It has to be the right shape too. I also don't like the CAIR system at all, but they do still come in wool flocked too, it is just harder to find since the CAIR seems to be so popular.
The saddle I'm using now is an abetta Arabian endurance. The pitch fits him fine, but his withers are narrow and high, and the saddle is made for the wide low withers. Would the wintecs work for him. I don't have a big budget.
I have an older wintec dressage and don't care for it that much. I was using it on my prior lease horse because it was the only of my three saddles that fit him.
From what i've read and what i've experienced, the stirrup bars are set too far forward on this wintec and you tend to sit in a 'chair seat' with your legs farther forward than they should be. Due to this, I opted to ride without stirrups more often than with in my wintec.
Why not look at an aussie saddle? They have the same seat and flap shape as a dressage from what I can see, and look very comfortable for long rides. I've not ridden in one, but many people like them. If the right aussie saddle came along at the right price, i'd be likely to have one myself.