Originally Posted by blink
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!
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.