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post #1 of 19 Old 01-19-2011, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
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Please give your opinion on synthetic english saddles

I had a fitter come out last week and learned a lot about my horse and his needs in a saddle. The fitter's recommendation is a Wintec with CAIR panels. She also thinks a Thorowgood could fit him well, if I have the flocking adjusted to fit him after I buy it. I have heard some people do not like CAIR, however, my horse has a sensitive back and really seemed to like it.
Please leave me your opinion if you have ridden in a synthetic english saddle. I am debating which brand, and also which style/model to purchase.
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post #2 of 19 Old 01-19-2011, 04:02 AM
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Personally, I hate the Wintecs. To me they are hard and uncomfortable and on a long ride, you do get a bit sore. I have had many people with this problem with the Wintecs.
I have no idea what a Thorowood saddle is sorry lol.

I have a synthetic Kincade all purpose and I LOVE it! It hasn't the CAIR panels unfortunately but it is still good. It came mounted with girth, knife edge stirrups and an anti-chaffe girth and I havent had a problem with it.

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I don't like Wintecs personally, but some people love them. I like Thorowood saddle more quality-wise, but I'd say go with what saddle fitter is suggesting.
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I'm buying my daughter a Thorowgood from dutchessbridlesaddle.com. They are going to adjust the flocking for me when it gets to their shop, before sending it to me. I took a lot of tracing and photos for the "virtural saddle fitting." We don't have any good saddle fitters in Arkansas. Ducthess' prices are also better than Dover's, which was nice . I ordered the Cob/Broadback AP in Brown, which had to be special ordered from the UK.

I would much prefer a Thorowgood over a Wintec, but the new style Wintecs seem to be better in construction that the older models. One of my students just bought a 500 AP Pony and it's much nicer that the other Wintecs I have seen/used.
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I have a wintec saddle and I think it's very comfortable and not to pricey. The only thing I don't like is the billet straps, because they arent leather they feel like plastic and the girth doesnt go up as easy as it would if they were leather..
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It's personal preference, nothing more.

You couldn't give me a Kincade (although I like their bridles) but I love my Wintec, and so does my trainer.

They're all decent enough saddles, so it's just what you'll feel most comfortable sitting in that will be the deciding factor.
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Ducthess' prices are also better than Dover's, which was nice .
Unless you get one on clearance. They had several Thorowoods there half-price last year I went to Dover. I did NOT get one as they don't fit my butt frankly, but the price was absolutely awesome.
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She also thinks a Thorowgood could fit him well,
Please leave me your opinion if you have ridden in a synthetic english saddle. I am debating which brand, and also which style/model to purchase.
I have two thorowgoods - a dresage and a multipurpose. I love both.

However, I only ride english for cross training and for fun. If I were to compete, I would step up to a good brand leather.
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I have always really liked wintecs, you can get the older models for a song on ebay, and they seem to last a long time and hold their value. I have no experience with Thorowgood, but I have heard its pretty good too, I am just not a fan of the clothy look they have. I would stay away from the other synthetics out there, most of them look like junk IMO.

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It's personal preference, nothing more.
I agree. Your personal preference and your horse's personal preference.

If it fits right and your horse's back likes it and you are comfortable riding in it, then go for it.
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