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    03-07-2012, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Hidalgo13    
Hmm never heard of Thornhill before. I'll check them out. :)

I wonder if anybody knows how comfortable wintecs are?

Also, while I am asking questions, what difference does a forward flap vs a standard flap do to your position and how to you know if you need a more forward flap?
Thornhills are fairly inexpensive for the quality and very comfy. Unfortunately they are not wide on market, so rather hard to find used one. I'm very lucky my local tack store carries them (as well as some other brands), so the owner was nice to allow me to borrow all models to try with my saddle fitter. It was a best fit too out of 8 or 9 saddles I tried. BTW, I have dressage Thornhill. My jumping saddle is MT (I liked it more as more forward).

If you have longer legs go with the forward flap! Standard flap won't accommodate you then. I had the saddle with more straightish flap and had to sell it eventually: my position was horrible.
     
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    03-07-2012, 11:03 AM
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The equi-suede Wintecs aren't bad. They're actually pretty comfortable and sticky, but I can't stand the synthetic leather type ones.

If I may ask, what's wrong with the synthetic?
     
    03-07-2012, 11:03 AM
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If you have longer legs go with the forward flap! Standard flap won't accommodate you then. I had the saddle with more straightish flap and had to sell it eventually: my position was horrible.

Ah well perfect, I don't have very long legs so it's all good. Standard for me. :)
     
    03-07-2012, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Hidalgo13    
If I may ask, what's wrong with the synthetic?

I just don't like the feel of them. They're awfully slippery and stiff. But it could just be me. Like I said the suede ones feel a lot better, but they aren't as pretty.
     
    03-07-2012, 12:40 PM
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I just don't like the feel of them. They're awfully slippery and stiff. But it could just be me. Like I said the suede ones feel a lot better, but they aren't as pretty.
I have to disagree: most lesson saddles (at my jumping lessons) are synthetic (as more cheap), and I never had a problem with them being slippery, but it's me. However I have to say I like my leather MT way more over those saddles (all - the grip, the look, and the balance).
     
    03-07-2012, 02:24 PM
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Love, Love, Love every Stubben I have sat in, but especially my new Genesis with Biomex seat. I can't say enough about how my well it fits both me and my horse. Worth every penny!

Also rode in a Barnsby that was very nice for trail riding bc it was so cushy. Prefer the Stubben for "real" riding though (i.e., ring work and jumping). Gives me a better feel of the horse. Sort of the difference between a luxury or a sports car - they're both nice depending on what you want out of it.

It could be that the saddle you used had a narrow twist when you are used to a wider one or a slightly higher cantle. That can take a little getting used to and would generate the discomfort you said you experienced until you rode in it a few times and got used to it.
     
    03-07-2012, 02:40 PM
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I can't edit my post above, but I put he wrong saddle on there. It wasn't the Barsby that I rode in and liked, it was a Berney Brothers. Big difference! LOL!
     

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