I have been taking dressage lessons for the past month and have fallen in love with it! So much so, that I am looking to sell my Collegiate All Purpose saddle and buy a dressage saddle instead. What would you guys recommend? I am a freshmen college student, so I don't have thousands to spend. However, I want something decently made that I can ride in for years and potentially later show in the Training and Intro levels.
I'm going to need something with a wide tree for my wide backed Thoroughbred/ Percheron and Quarter Horse mares. I will probably need a 17 1/2 to a 18 seat size.
I have a Wintec Close Contact that I've had for years, and I love its changeable gullet system. Consequently, I have been looking at the Wintec Pro Dressage saddle (old version-- the new one looks ridiculous) and also used Wintec Isabel's online. From what I've researched, these seem to be pretty good saddles, but I didn't know what else you guys would recommend.