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post #11 of 21 Old 09-26-2008, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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I'm currently using padding for Montana. It seems ok, but I don't know. I don't want to risk injurying his back.

I did find a great deal on a courbette close contact saddle. They have that flex tree and I thought that was pretty cool and since there's not a HUGE different between Gem and Montana i think that might be a better way to go. I'm still going to weigh all my options before i actually buy one.

Miss katie, a new Wintec pro jumping is $699 here.
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post #12 of 21 Old 09-26-2008, 11:12 AM
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The Easy Change Gullet System is a time consuming process to actually change the gullets. If you are riding both of these horses just once a week, it's going to be a pain to change. If you have two horses, chances are you are going to need two saddles. If you are still interested in a saddle with the Easy Change Gullet System, Collegiate Alumni and Diplomas are leather, wool flocked and have the gullet system. Again, though, you are probably going to need two different saddles. You said your budget is $700? You could easily find two, used, but in good condition Wintec's on eBay for under $700 and probably buy accessories, too. Good luck! :)
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post #13 of 21 Old 09-26-2008, 05:18 PM
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i forgot who here has there own website with great deals on used saddles...

found her site...forgot her username though sorrys!

she has really great deals on used saddles..


ETA-was her username GallopingGrape? i think it was.. lol
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post #14 of 21 Old 09-27-2008, 02:06 AM
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Originally Posted by appylover31803

Miss katie, a new Wintec pro jumping is $699 here.
Thats so cool. Do you know what an Isabel would cost??
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post #15 of 21 Old 09-27-2008, 09:03 AM
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Someone else has already mentioned that wintecs are ok for the money but when it comes time to sell you won't get much of you investment back.
I tried a Collegiate on my boy and I found it really comfortable for me, just not so great for him, but in general I found it to be a pretty good saddle. They go for around 800 here I think.
But, having said that I am a huge fan of buying USED! The gullet systems somewhat change to fit your horse, but the gullet isn't the only part of the saddle that needs to change sometimes. Changing the gullet may not make it fit each boy properly.

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post #16 of 21 Old 09-27-2008, 11:14 AM
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I really like wintecs and tell you the truth thats all ill ride it because its the most comfortable for me.

And the easy change gullet system is very easy to change once u get the hang of it! yes the gullets are like plastic but it makes them somewhat flexible. I've never known a gullet to break or anything else.

since your not planning on showing i wouldn't get a leather one. everyone has there opinions though :)
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post #17 of 21 Old 09-27-2008, 12:58 PM
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The gullet are supposed to be heat-treated painted metal - not plastic!

My mom and I both have Wintecs - my Mom has the Wintec Isabell, and she got it lightly used for a great price, with the Gullet system and traditional flocking. Mine is the Wintec English 500, I think - the one without the equisuede seat - with the gullet system and Cair panels. I'm not real big on the air panels, since mine seemed a bit flat, but they're not getting any flatter. The gullet system makes it easy if you're riding on person's wide horse for one month, and the next month you're riding a narrow one!

One thing to look out for, though - you'd think that one saddle in the black narrow gullet would fit one horse, and then another saddle with the black narrow gullet on the same horse would fit the same, right? WRONG!! :( My Mom's saddle in the black gullet fit Sam better than my saddle with the black gullet, so I got the yellow gullet and a half pad - fits great now! And, it should fit Star, the Mustang X pony.

Both of our saddles were bought used, and if I had the money I'd pay to have the panels re-stuffed. But, with a wish list for a felt hat, rope reins and a few Breyer Models, I'm going to have to wait. And, eventually, I'm going to have to get new boots, too . Oh, well. Money just flies, doesn't it?

Good luck with the saddle, my rating for Wintecs is absolutely positive, and my Mom will definitely say the same!

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post #18 of 21 Old 09-27-2008, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone.

I think I'm actually going to go with a Courbette CC. Not sure which one yet, but I like the flex tree that they have. I'm going to try one on myself today and if I like it, take it to fit Gem and Montana. I found a really great deal on it too.

I do like leather saddles. Mine is so comfy. I did ride in an Abetta endurance and that was really comfortable, but i don't know. I like my leather.
And if I do plan on showing, I wouldn't have to get another saddle.

I'll let everyone know what saddle I do wind up getting.

Thanks so much!
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post #19 of 21 Old 10-09-2008, 06:28 AM
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i dont know whether these saddles are availiable to you where you are but in australia we have the eurohunter accent and the ascot eurosport which are both adjustable and about $550 australian...may have to confirm that though..i have a eurosport which i think is fairly good but i dont know all that much about saddles...
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post #20 of 21 Old 10-09-2008, 08:04 AM
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I have a bunch of Wintec saddles. I have the Close Contact and the Pro Jump. I prefer the close contact because of the fairly flat knee rolls, the pro jump has huge ones that sort of come out and I am not keen on that. I also love the look of the Equileather. It always looks brand new and it's kinda sticky against my breeches and boots :)

With the gullets sometimes depending on the gullet you put in, you can get a little bunching near the pommel from the outside equileather but it doesn't touch the horse so doesn't effect the performance.

I have flocked saddles, no cair for me, and I have found them all, bar one 9 year old AP, to be hard wearing. I love them
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