Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Welcome to the forum, Tymer.
One thing in your original post bothered me, why are they using a horse with a sore back?
Alright, aside from that question, the advise I would give you is not to buy a saddle until you have your own horse. Since you are taking lessons on various horses, and you intend to go to an equine college (unless I misread that), you don't know what you will ride.
I really know the thrill of owning my own tack. I take care of my things as much as I do my horses and I had some of my bridles made for me over 25 years ago. A bride can fit nearly all horses but a saddle, and especially an English saddle, is much more particular.
My advise is to take the money from your 16th birthday, keep adding to it and when the time comes, you will have a heck of a bankroll for a first class saddle.
BTW, a Wintec, although a nice saddle as a starter, is a low line saddle at best.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.