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  • Difference between wintec pro all purpose and wintec 2000 all purpose
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    09-29-2010, 09:37 PM
Wintec with cair if you don't mind a little bit bouncyer don't have to worry about the saddle molding to eny one horses back.
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    09-30-2010, 12:28 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
I would try out a number of saddles, they all will position you differently and will fit differently on your horse.

Do not get fooled into believing that one saddle will fit all shapes and sizes of horses just because you can change the width of the tree. Just because you can change the width of the tree, doesn't mean the shape of the tree will change, nor will the gullet width, nor will the panels.

Be aware of that.

Try on as many saddles as you can on the horse to ensure proper fit. Make sure you get in the saddles to make sure that it works for your body type and puts you in the correct position.

There is the Wintec All Purpose. This one has a very strait tree. A Narrow channel and gusseted panels. Then there is the Wintec CC. This one still has a narrow channel, flatter panels and has a bit more curve to the tree. The Collegiate Convertible Diploma has a nice and wider channel, the panels are flat and has an arch to the tree *cc*. The Collegiate Convertible Senior Event *A/P* saddle is a very strait tree. Unsure of the Collegiate Convertible Varsity *cc*, The Collegiate Convertible Alumni.

Remember, there is no such thing as one saddle fits all. Regardless if you can change the gullets to accomodate the withers. Also, if you accomodate the withers, you change the way the saddle rests on the horse back, and can now not be accomodating the ribs and the back.

I would definitely have a professional saddle maker/fitter help you out.
All VERY good points as usual MIE! :)
    09-30-2010, 02:54 PM
Good point, MIE.
Since I am riding many different horses should I just skip getting a decent saddle all together and hope that I can borrow the owners instead?
    10-01-2010, 09:46 PM
Green Broke
I had a Wintec and it was *ok* for awhile, but since I plan on having my horse for a long time (forever lol) we caved and got custom Black Country's for him and me, just a thought when you get your long term horse.

Short term I hear Wintec's newer models are nice, and collgates have gotten good reveiws for the most part. Stubbens are really nice and hold their value well (I might know of a very forward eventing-y one for sale (the Roxanne S)) and tend to fit most horses. If you do get a saddle without an interchangable gullet, saddle pads can AIDE saddle fit in a pinch.
    10-01-2010, 09:52 PM
I've been riding in a all purpose wintec and it rides fine for me unless I am riding in it every day then I find it less comfortable than the stubbens and other leather saddles I have ridden in.

Maybe I'll keep my eye out for a used Stubben or Collegiate for a bit cheaper and then once I get a horse I will be riding for relativly long term I can find one to fit that horse. I thought the interchangeable gullet would help with using it on differant horses but the post about the rest of the fit of the saddle makes sense.

What size is the saddle for sale, Stormy?
    10-01-2010, 10:16 PM
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I agree with MIE in that no saddle will fit all, regardless of adjustability. Also, be aware that all purpose saddles come in two "flavors". Some come with a jumping orientation with a more forward flap, like the Ainsleys and Passiers. Some have a more dressage tendency with straighter flap, like some Stubbans and some Collegiates. It is difficult for an "all purpose" saddle to do both jobs. I would get one that has a more forward flap and jumping design, if you plan to get a dressage saddle later.
    10-01-2010, 10:17 PM
Green Broke
I think a 17 or a 17.5......
    10-01-2010, 10:18 PM
Good point, thank you Allison. I noticed some APs looked differant from others and I wasn't sure about the differances.

Stormy: If you could PM me info about it or a link to somewhere where it is for sale that would be awesome :)
    12-15-2010, 12:59 AM
I started off with a Wintec 2000 All Purpose that I used for everything, then I got a Wintec 500 Pro Pressage. I use the all purpose for jumping but I don't like it, the cantle always gets me in the butt hahaha. After riding in proper jumping saddles I hate it even more hahaha.
I also read somewhere that seeing as all purpose saddles are a comprimise between a jumping and a dressage, they aren't really good for either. Makes complete sense to me, I'm hoping to get a Wintec Pro Close Contact jumping saddle but I just got a very expensive new horse so I don't think it'll be happening any time soon hahaha.
I love Wintecs, I've never had a leather saddle in my life :)
    12-20-2010, 11:17 PM
I wouldnt get a saddle that has a deep seat or a saddle that has different gullet systems. When you can change teh gullet and not the rest of the saddle it doesnt fit the horse right so I've been told by MANY saddle fitters

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