Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Wild_spot, not all of us have the Origional "2nd Generation" models that came out in the 80's, like yours. We are talking of the Wintec Models that came out in 1996, which are the Wintec 500 Models that were just overtaken by the New Generation Models that you see being advertised now.
So, the only one's that we would of been able to ride in, are the one's that are readily being sold now, the 1996 Wintec 500 A/P, or the 2010 Wintec 500 A/P or even the Wintec 2000 - which I have ridden in...excluding the 2010 model.
And Stormy is correct. All Purpose bars are set inbetween the bars that you would find in a CC saddle *forward to incorporate the forward jumping seat seen in North America* and the Dressage bars that are set further back to incorporate a functional dressage seat.
So, the All Purpose actually doesn't aid in you either seat, just gives you a sorta "inbetween" place for you to work with.
I have ridden in a Wintec 500 All Purpose, the 1996 model for a few years before I sold it due to how strait the tree is. Bridged on my TB's back, and no matter how I fidgeted with the saddle, there was no magic way to make the blasted tree fit my TB's back.
That saddle hindered me, not aided me. It put me in a chair seat, and the majority that I see in that saddle, is the same.
I know for a fact that they are strait tree'd, I've seen them, examined them, been shown how strait they are by Professional Saddle Makers, and have been to Saddling Seminars where they clearly state how strait the tree's are and how they only work for a horse with accertain type of shaped back.
Go ahead and sell yours, maybe in Australia you'll make some money off of it, seeing as that is where Wintecs are made anyways -but you wouldn't get more than $100 American for it if you tried to sell it here.
The ONLY Wintec that has a banana shaped tree, is the Wintec 500 Close Contact, the 1996 model - not the 2010 model that is out now.
Last edited by MIEventer; 06-16-2010 at 11:12 PM.