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post #11 of 18 Old 07-30-2010, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
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post #12 of 18 Old 07-30-2010, 11:40 AM
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Some of the endurance/trail saddles that I've always drooled over are the Tuckers. I've heard lots of good things about them and they just LOOK soo comfy and well-made to me! I definitely think I'll be getting one someday. You do pay for the quality however and I'm not sure what budget range you were looking for blink but they do have several more western style endurance saddles.

Tucker Saddles - Saddles, Endurance

((Plus, these saddles look like they usually come with your stirrups and leathers!! ^_^))
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post #13 of 18 Old 07-30-2010, 01:47 PM
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I personally endurence ride in a Wintec All Purpose. It's not a common thing in my area, but it's so light the horses love it. I've ridden in an real endurence saddle before, but there was something I just didn't like... Too much saddle, I suppose. Still just as light as my Wintec, but bigger feeling.

Anyway, good luck with venturing into endurence! The saddles are confusing, but the biggest thing is to find something that works for you and your horse. If it fits you both, ride in it.
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post #14 of 18 Old 07-30-2010, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Eolith, those are beautiful saddles, and I'm getting accustomed to the idea that a saddle may cost nearly as much as the horse!

On the other hand...

Brighteyes, that's about a $300 saddle you're talking about! I've talked with several saddle snobs who would turn their nose up at it because it's synthetic and under $1,000.

I have no such personal bias - I don't know enough to have an opinion!

You're happy with the quality, durability, and rider/horse fit of the Wintec?

I'd be risking a lot less by starting with your saddle. I'm intrigued!

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I personally endurence ride in a Wintec All Purpose. It's not a common thing in my area, but it's so light the horses love it. I've ridden in an real endurence saddle before, but there was something I just didn't like... Too much saddle, I suppose. Still just as light as my Wintec, but bigger feeling.

Anyway, good luck with venturing into endurence! The saddles are confusing, but the biggest thing is to find something that works for you and your horse. If it fits you both, ride in it.
I use my Wintec Western All Rounder for trail riding, long rides, etc, and it's great because it's both lightweight and easy to clean!
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I certainly haven't got anything against the Wintecs. I've owned one of the APs and used it as my primary saddle for about five or six years. It certainly isn't the most comfortable or the most secure... but very funtional and practical. The saddle literally looks about the same now as it did when we bought it. Super durable!

I've recently gotten a treeless dressage saddle however and I haven't touched the Wintec since. The treeless is way too comfy cozy, it puts me in a better riding position for dressage, and I feel as though my pony has been much more comfortable in it as well.

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Eolith, those are beautiful saddles, and I'm getting accustomed to the idea that a saddle may cost nearly as much as the horse!

On the other hand...

Brighteyes, that's about a $300 saddle you're talking about! I've talked with several saddle snobs who would turn their nose up at it because it's synthetic and under $1,000.

I have no such personal bias - I don't know enough to have an opinion!

You're happy with the quality, durability, and rider/horse fit of the Wintec?

I'd be risking a lot less by starting with your saddle. I'm intrigued!

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For what they are --a synthetic, inexpensive saddle--, they're great. I bought mine for the shocking sum of $250 from a girl who had been riding in it for years. I've had it for about three years now and it still looks new. Very, very durable, and talk about easy to clean! None of the trouble of leather. I put mine over the fence and spray it with a hose when it gets dirty. I've even swam with it.

As far as horse fit, I've found them better for lower withered horses or horses with fairly flat backs. They fit everything but the narrowest, high withered TB.

As far as rider fit, I have no complaints. Not the most comfortable thing you'll ever sit on, but feels pretty good to me.
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post #18 of 18 Old 07-30-2010, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome!
I think it's worth a try. Not much risked and it sounds like your assessments are pretty fair.
I really appreciate your input!

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