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    09-05-2009, 08:29 PM
Green Broke
Unhappy No saddle fits me!!! :-(

Has this situation ever happened to anyone else before...

I have a Wintec 250 A/P saddle, and it fits me wonderfully...but my trainer suggested I get a jumping/close contact saddle since I'm jumping a lot more now. (plus I want a nicer saddle than the 250 now anyway)

So I started looking, went to 5 different tack shops, sat in 80 different saddles (diff brands, makes, models, sizes, etc.) and had the SAME PROBLEM with ALL of knees were behind the knee rolls, so when I'm posting and jumping, my knees don't even touch them. I know they're not for gripping since you grip with your calves, but your knees should at least be setting against them or near them, or else you're not fitting properly into the saddle, so it's putting my knees against the leathers which is very uncomfortable.

One tack shop had me try a riser which I guess was supposed to "force" my body into the knee rolls...didn't end up working and it put me way too forward and made me get unseated after the jump! So, to make a long story short, I have ruled out ever owning a CC saddle since my body build apparently doesn't work with any of them So I went to AP's since I own one...and besides my Wintec, I don't fit any of them either!!! Same problem!!! What is it about me that makes me not fit ANY SADDLE????!!!

Here are pics of me with my current Wintec...

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    09-05-2009, 08:39 PM
Close Contact saddles are one of the more difficult to ride in. I have a strong leg and have been riding more than half my life and I have difficulty riding in one. There's a different between a CC and another jumping saddle. CC requires more of a leg foundation rather than other saddles. Most people think that a CC saddle means a jumping saddle, but that's not true. Try a saddle that secures you more in the leg than a CC.. Any saddle that doesn't specifically say "CC" shouldn't be one.
    09-05-2009, 08:47 PM
Green Broke
Thanks barefoot...but I've also tried a whole bunch of All Purpose and Jumping as well...had the issue, for example with the following AP and Jumping saddles too...

M. Toulouse legano (jumping)
Stubben (many types including Roxane which my trainer has and loves)
Pessoa (many types, both AP and CC)

And about 20 others I can't even remember at the moment! AP's are not even working for me, even though the Wintec 250 AP in the above pics fits me fine.
    09-05-2009, 09:08 PM
Let me firstly say:

Those who were involved in your saddle shopping process - ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL SADDLE MAKERS OR FITTERS.

And I highly disagree with anyone who says that you have to use a riser to make the saddle fit you properly. What a load of B/S.

I would suggest that you find a Professional who has spent years in the business of saddles - and I mean someone who has studdied and apprenticed under a saddle maker, someone who makes saddles and who lives daily fitting them for clients. Not a coach, not a person at a tack shop. Neither are quallified.

On that note, I have good news for you!!!

Did you know that Wintec has come out with a whole new line of saddles?!?!?!

Yep, you heard me right!

Here they are:

The brand new 09' Wintec Pro Jump:

The brand new 09' Wintec 500 with a more forward knee flap, geared towards the jumpers:

Wintec 500 All Purpose Saddle with Cair Panels - Dover Saddlery.

The bran new 09' Wintec 2000:
    09-05-2009, 09:15 PM
Green Broke
Awesome!! hey my friend who events with me told me I need to get with someone who knows what they're talking about (like your advice above!) and she said to try to ask about sitting in some saddles that are more geared towards Eventing. She said she even has issues fitting CC saddles, and she's taller than me!

She said I need something with a shorter flap and that's more geared towards eventing...are any of the Wintecs above like that in your opinion?
    09-05-2009, 09:18 PM
Green Broke
I like the look of the 2000 And cheaper than leather! (plus I could stick with black and say FORGET HUNTERS!) hehe
    09-05-2009, 09:20 PM
Most Event Saddles are actually A/P's in disquise, but if you GOOGLE "Event Saddle" and go to IMAGES - you will see a wide variety of models and shapes...but the majority are long flapped like A/P's.

The Wintec Pro and the Wintec 2000 are very short flapped, you can give those a go on the Dover Test Ride trial thinggy.

I like the HDR Event Saddle:

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I contacted my friend and sent her a message to get in touch with you - why not wait and see what she has to say. She is the Pro, while I am not.
    09-05-2009, 09:22 PM
I like the look of the 2000 And cheaper than leather! (plus I could stick with black and say FORGET HUNTERS!) hehe
I like the looks of them too, and they have a whole new system to the gullet changing.

I unfortunately, cannot get neither because the panels are too flat. No arch to them at all, so they wont work for Nelson's back. You're lucky to have a flat backed horse.
    09-05-2009, 09:31 PM
I have a problem with riding in CC saddles too.
I slip and slide all over the place and have trouble keeping rhythm in the canter in one. It's so irritating, 'cause I'm thinking through my entire lesson "WHY isn't this working??! I've had no problems riding Morgan's canter before!" and then I get off and my instructor tells me that I'm sliding from one end of the saddle to the other EVERY single stride, and THAT'S why I feel like I'm trying to ride a washing machine! Lol
Don't feel too bad. It's a common problem. :)
    09-06-2009, 03:56 AM
The most important thing about a saddle is that it FITS YOUR HORSE.
You will also find it nearly impossible to judge your position in the saddle unless you are mounted on YOUR horse - Am I correct in thinking that you are going to tack shops and trying out their saddles in the shop - a word of advice - DON'T - you wouldn't buy a pair of shoes unless you put them on your feet and don't buy a saddle unless you have put it on your horse.

MIE has said get a saddle fitter out - this is absolutely correct - some tack shops ( not all ) will say almost anything to make a sale and many shop staff ( again not all ) know nothing about saddles or horses, and as I have already said you cannot know if a saddle fits or not unless it's on your horse.

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