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    03-29-2008, 03:38 AM
Synthetic leathers are known for streching also my friend had a synthetic bridle and it rubed the horses cheaks raw I love wintec saddles though but I wouldn't get a no purpose saddle I would rather get a close contact saddle that could be used for jumping or flat work
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    03-29-2008, 04:39 AM
I bought my wintec for the same reason; I didn't have the money for a real leather one. Now that I do, I'm almost 99% sure I'm getting a Bates, which is the 'leather' version of a wintec--which tells you how much I like my wintec!
Don't worry about people complaining about synthetics. Sometimes money IS an issue, and you can't afford everything. If you can't get a GOOD leather saddle (not a cheapo!) then your best bet is to get a wintec. They're balanced and they are a great saddle; you won't have to worry about it falling apart or whatnot. If I were you, I would look for one with the 'gullet system', that way you can change the size of the tree. It's well worth the small, small investment. I have the all purpose, and can manage to get in a good position. No worries!
I'm not a fan of korsteel bits (the ones I have squeak >>) but they'll do if you can't afford anything else (try a consignment tack shop, if you can! You can get decent bits for cheap.)
About the bridle; I don't use a wintec bridle, but I do use a 'cheap' english one that I love love love love. It's 'gatsby' leather, and it was around 20-30 bucks, and it is the softest leather I've ever used (screw the 100 dollar bridles) and I've used it daily for five years with no problems. Look for it if you can!
I use the wintec normal stirrup leathers, and I've never had a problem with them. Love!
Hope that helps. Good luck!
    03-29-2008, 08:35 PM
Thanks mayfieldk! You really helped me! I'll look at our tack shop, but I don't know what I will find. What brand is your bridle and does it come in black? I'm almost certain i'm getting a wintec, but now my dad isn't keen on the idea of actually getting the horse, which makes me so angry. Grrr...anyways, thanks so much guys! I think I got all the advice I need!
    03-31-2008, 01:25 AM
It's a gatsby... dunno if they come in black! Unless you're doing dressage, I would get a brown saddle--no one shows hunter/Huntseat anymore with black saddles. But if you don't want to show, then no worries. :)
The bridle looks like that, and let me tell you, it gets SOFT! I know you can get it cheaper, but I threw it up there so you could get a look at it.
Good luck with your parents! Do you have a job? If not, see if you can get one... that way, you can offer to pay for a little bit of the horse and board too! You're parents will like that you're willing to work for the horse, and that you're serious.
    04-01-2008, 04:38 PM
Well, board is free. It's a stable that belongs to my friend's cousin. My parents are worried about how far away he is. He would be 24 miles away. I don't know how I would get out there to feed him every day. I might keep him at my friend's during the school year, and at the barn during the summer. Not sure though.

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