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    11-09-2010, 10:24 PM
  #11
Foal
What do yall think about the HDR synthetic saddles? I know HDR is a good brand... but mean, any opinion?
     
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    11-09-2010, 10:52 PM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by Amlalriiee    
I've heard the Cair panels aren't all they're cracked up to be. I do like Wintec though....but have heard good things about both brands. I'm not much help here.
I'm not that keen on the cair panels either, but I've been to fit saddles to horses who won't go well in anything but. So.

Be careful with the Tekna saddles.
Of them, the only one's I've found to fit really well are the jumping ones. I've got a couple of the dressage ones in the shop, and they all seem to have very 'banana' shaped trees, so if your horse has quite a flat/broad back, it's unlikely they're going to fit.
Their 'Quick-form" Gullet uses an infrared booth which heats the gullet, allowing it to be widened or narrowed to your horse's specifications. So yeah, it is fully adjustable.

From saddle fitting experience though, I'd still highly recommend the wintec, with or without cair. They're very comfortable, and the flaps look short because they're broader than the original style, but if you look at the more expensive brands like the Prestige Leonardo, or the Prestige Hippos (just for example), they too have quite broad flaps.


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The wintec saddles are also a lot more versatile, they have a good resale because they tend to fit different types of horses. The only type that I've had trouble with fitting them on, is the pure-bred Arab. I've successfully fitted them to warmbloods, arabX, thoroughbreds and young friesans (though with the knowledge that the friesan is going to grow and the saddle likely won't last indefinitely because of how broad they become when older).
     
    11-09-2010, 11:14 PM
  #13
Foal
I'm going to take some pics of him tomorrow. I'll put the stubben scandica on for reference. And check it's actual gullet size, I can remember the exact cm but it's medium-ish. He works so much better in the ansur. I really want something that I can feel his back in. I can't for the life of me feel it in the Stubben, but the ansur is like i'm just bareback but not quite. I just need a saddle of my own for him, I have to share the ansur at shows, and it just gets difficult. Ansur is OUT of my price range though.
     
    11-10-2010, 04:41 PM
  #14
Foal
For what it's worth, I love the CAIR panels on the wintecs. Those saddles are rugged, and lightweight. Never had any issues with the CAIR.

I have sat in the new 500 dressage. I didn't love it - it has a wider twist, and the seat isn't as deep as my Isabell. But my friend who owns it loves it. So, I guess the best advice is to go sit in as many as you can, because it's a pretty personal preference.
     
    11-10-2010, 04:45 PM
  #15
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Carleen    
I second the comment that Thorowgoods are really noisy, mine never shuts up lol. That would probably be very annoying in a dressage test.
Are you wearing tall leather boots? Using synthetic leathers? The leather on the synthetic is the squeak - not the saddle.
     
    11-10-2010, 04:50 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by mls    
Are you wearing tall leather boots? Using synthetic leathers? The leather on the synthetic is the squeak - not the saddle.
I think it can be the saddle too. The lady who's lesson is before mine has a synthetic saddle and she was just wearing those short ankle boots (not sure what they're actually called) and the saddle was just squeaking away.
     
    11-10-2010, 04:54 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by mls    
Are you wearing tall leather boots? Using synthetic leathers? The leather on the synthetic is the squeak - not the saddle.
I'm not using synthetic leathers and I normally do ride in tall boots but I have also ridden in just paddock boots and it still squeaks the same. The sound always seems to be coming from the saddle itself, right under the seat somewhere. Next time I ride I will try to listen a little closer and see if I can figure out what part of the saddle is doing it - usually I just ignore the noise lol.
     
    11-10-2010, 04:56 PM
  #18
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by Carleen    
I'm not using synthetic leathers and I normally do ride in tall boots but I have also ridden in just paddock boots and it still squeaks the same. The sound always seems to be coming from the saddle itself, right under the seat somewhere. Next time I ride I will try to listen a little closer and see if I can figure out what part of the saddle is doing it - usually I just ignore the noise lol.
You use leather on your synthetic? Has the manufacturer changed their mind on that? When I bought throrowgood, I was told synthetic leathers only.

I have a dressage and all purpose - neither squeak.
     
    11-10-2010, 05:02 PM
  #19
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Originally Posted by mls    
You use leather on your synthetic? Has the manufacturer changed their mind on that? When I bought throrowgood, I was told synthetic leathers only.

I have a dressage and all purpose - neither squeak.
I bought it second hand with fittings, so my assumption is that the lady I bought it from threw in her crappiest leathers. I haven't really had a need to buy new ones yet. On second thought though, I've never actually really checked - they look like real leather to me but I guess they could be synthetic? Do they make synthetic leathers that look like leather? I used to own a pair of synthetics that were very obviously synthetic (they were Wintec ones) and I guess I just assumed that since these ones looked like leather that they were.
     
    11-12-2010, 04:56 PM
  #20
Foal
Ok so this picture makes him look awkward... I mean he is awkward. If he wasn't it would be easier to find a saddle he is super long, and he is 22-3ish, so his back is swayed some. I am working on muscling him up now, so his shoulders should fill in a bit more, so the shark fin wont be so pronounced. Right now Narrow is definitely too small, he is probably right at a happy medium. If I were to get the Thorowgood (sweaking aside) should I get the high wither? I'm still torn.... ugh. I like the wintec too. His withers definitely are not the highest at the barn even. His back muscle should come up some when he gets more muscle. We are working 4 times a week right now. Also, his butt really isn't that high, I thought the ground was even, he might be muscling in faster back there and I just haven't noticed it...
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