I've been riding for about 8 months now and adopted my first horse, Captain, about 3 months ago now. You can read a little more about Captain and myself here. I've been riding and taking lessons in one of the saddles from the farm, but it doesn't fit Captain or myself very well.
I ride english and do some jumping, so I'm thinking an all purpose saddle will be ideal. I'd like to spend less than $1000 in total for saddle, leathers, irons and girth. At this point the two saddles at the top of my list are the Wintec Pro All Purpose and the Wintec 2000 All Purpose. I checked out an 18" Wintec Pro AP the last time I was at Dover, and I was really impressed. I'm not sure which of these two would be better for me as a 6' male (32" inseam).
Captain is still lacking quite a bit in topline muscle, but he has come a long way since the first time I saw him. I'm hoping the adjustable gullet in the Wintec will allow me to continue to adjust the saddle as Captain continues to gain muscle mass. I realize an interchangeable gullet is not a universal fix and does not garuntee fitment in any way, but my hope is that it will be a valuable tool in getting things much more dialed in than is currently possible. I curently have to use a saddle pad with inserts that create some wither relief in combination with a very thick wool/fleece saddle pad to get a decent fit. My hope is that my new saddle will be able to be used solely with a saddle pad that creates some with relief and that I won't need a super thick and bulky wool pad anymore.
Captain March 2012:
Captain was extremely underweight here. Poor guy.
Captain August 2012:
note: the pressure marks you can see in these photos are remanents from a single incident after I got a new saddle pad about 3 months ago. I felt really awful at the time, and I've been much more aware of saddle fitment issues since then. Captain is fully headed up, but the hair growing in that area is white as a result.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!