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        12-02-2010, 08:05 AM
      #11
    Showing
    I'd be careful about Wintec, personally. Mine broke on me when I was riding after 2 years of rather light use causing an accident. Friend's of mine Wintec split into 2 halves under him.
         
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        12-02-2010, 08:55 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Hmm thanks for the info I'll keep that in mind, thanks.
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        12-02-2010, 07:45 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
    I'd be careful about Wintec, personally. Mine broke on me when I was riding after 2 years of rather light use causing an accident. Friend's of mine Wintec split into 2 halves under him.
    I've heard that they have a tendency to pop up a lot. I liked the one I rode in one time, but going down the side of a hill caused the saddle to tip so much it almost sent me off of the horse. I dunno if it was the saddle itself for the fact that there wasn't a back girth attached.
         
        12-02-2010, 09:45 PM
      #14
    Showing
    I will second PDs mention of the Corriente. They are very affordable and good quality. They are really durable and tough and built to last forever. I have one of theirs that I use to start colts in and I wouldn't use anything different. I wonder now how I ever survived riding in my old roping saddle. But, only look at them if you know what size tree your horse needs. All of theirs come on a FQHB tree with a 7" gullet. Which fits most typical stock types but if your horse is really narrow, they might not be your best bet.
         
        12-03-2010, 09:38 AM
      #15
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by SparksFly    
    I've heard that they have a tendency to pop up a lot. I liked the one I rode in one time, but going down the side of a hill caused the saddle to tip so much it almost sent me off of the horse. I dunno if it was the saddle itself for the fact that there wasn't a back girth attached.
    That what happened to me too, twice (I actually flew off the horse over her head both times). NEVER happened with my Alamo I bought after I threw Wintec away (even on almost 90 degrees steep hill). I asked people dealing with saddles, and they said it's something about the tree in Wintec. In any case I didn't feel like experiencing it again.

    I do know number of people happily use them, so it's probably a defect in certain saddles, and all depends on your luck.
         
        12-03-2010, 10:09 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    I have a Dakota Barrel Saddle, it's pretty light and has served me very well! I got it for $600 2 yrs ago and would definitely buy another. It is a bit fancier than it sounds like you're looking but I wanted to be able to show in mine. I am sure you could get one that's a bit plainer and it would cost less.
         
        12-03-2010, 03:53 PM
      #17
    Foal
    In that case the correinete sounds like a good saddle, definitely don't want to take the risk of falling off or a saddle suddenly breaking. I might be doing show too, but for the school since I can't be on the rodeo team (don't have a horse old enough) I'm going to be showing off the horses I've trained that semester once in the fall and the other in the spring. I'll look into the dakota to then. Thanks!
         
        12-04-2010, 05:20 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    I have a Lady Fabtron that I really like and can lift easily.

    Amazon.com: 15" 16" 17" Fabtron Lady Trail Saddle FQHB 7152p 7154p: Sports & Outdoors
         
        12-04-2010, 05:26 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    I had a circle y park and trail and I think it weighed 26 pds. Very easy to throw around
         

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