I actually disagree with Washacow. I have a cheap copy of the Wintec Isabell and HATE it... and I have friends who have the real thing and report many of the same issues.
For me, I cannot for the LIFE of me sit the trot in my dressage saddle. Kind of defeats the purpose of a dressage saddle if you can't sit the trot in it [I am a capable rider and have no issue sitting the trot in other saddles, or bareback, for decent periods of time]. I did adore it when I first got it but since then I have had issue after issue and every single one has been saddle related. Other saddles, I am fine. Other horses, same saddle, and I can't ride to save my life. I have trouble feeling my horse through my dressage saddle, and HE has trouble feeling ME. Can't get my leg on in trot or canter, can't get much strength behind it in walk, so my horse gets very lazy with his laterals because he knows he doesn't HAVE TO listen, I have nothing to back my aids up with. If I don't have my stirrups long enough, I can't ride him in the trot without feeling like I'm going to fall off over his shoulder. If I ride at "the right length" my lower leg goes to crap [and it's actually pretty good in any other saddle].
By the by, I'm not a fan of all purpose saddles. Very few of them put you in a good position for any discipline. The Bates/Wintec AP saddles aren't bad, but they're not amazing either. I haven't sat in an AP that I adored... have sat in plenty of dressage/close contact type saddles that I desperately want but can't afford... and I know exactly what I want when I eventually upgrade my dressage saddle, just have to find the money first [and pay off vet bills]!!
A CLEAN SLATE FOR THE FUTURE
Last edited by blue eyed pony; 10-31-2012 at 10:47 AM.