Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
Wintec Endurance, aka Saddle trades?
Yes, I have read previous threads and know some people hate the Wintec Endurance saddles. Right now I ride in a Wintec 2000 AP and it seems to work okay for me and my horse- no apparent soreness on his part and once I got the EZ ride stirrups, none on mine. Our only real issue is heat retention, which has caused some sprinkles of white hairs throughout the areas where the bars sit (been checked by just about everyone, from random other riders, to farriers and multiple vets). No pressure points per se, just general pressure and heat, which I just got a skito dryback pad to hopefully help with.
A friend has a Wintec Endurance, the older one, and would like to trade me as it doesn't fit her mare while mine has the adjustable gullets and probably will. It's a little too wide for her girl. I rode my boy in it today, we'll see tomorrow if he is sore at all, but it appears to fit well, and more importantly (to me) seems to distribute the weight over a bit wider of an area, which I think would be good. For my part, it feels just a little different, but fairly comfortable. It's easier to girth up too. The seat feels larger than mine, but I am not sure if I think that is a good or bad thing yet. My gelding rode well in it, but he's not a complainer, so that's not as much of a tell as it is for some horses. The one time he has been backsore, he did not ride any different, but was sensitive to palpation the next day.
I was thinking of offering to swap for a couple weeks, do some arena work and go out on a training ride to see if we're happy or not (both her and me). Does that sound reasonable? I wouldn't be out looking for a new saddle, except this has fallen into my lap and might work out well for all involved. I am always reluctant to change anything for fear of messing up a good thing...