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post #11 of 20 Old 10-14-2010, 05:51 PM
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Question- Would you prefer a Thorowgood over a Wintec?
Absolutely. Personally I found Thorowgood to be uncomfortable for me because it felt too wide, but to each own! It's nice saddle otherwise.

BTW, you can also look into Duett saddles. They are nice too. Duett Saddles: The Partnership of Horse & Rider
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post #12 of 20 Old 10-14-2010, 06:40 PM
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You can find the Bates Momentum for around what you're looking for.
I've heard good things about the wintec projump. I use a Wintec A/P for pretty much all my riding and love it, especially for when it comes to cleaning.

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post #13 of 20 Old 10-19-2010, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
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You can find the Bates Momentum for around what you're looking for.
I've heard good things about the wintec projump. I use a Wintec A/P for pretty much all my riding and love it, especially for when it comes to cleaning.
What have you heard about the Wintec Pro Jump? I was considering one of those...
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post #14 of 20 Old 10-19-2010, 08:37 PM
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I love, love, LOVE my Bates! I have the Hunter Jumper model, but if you get the Caprilli CC it has a nice deep seat that helps to lock you in place. It also has adjustable knee blocks.

This is mine -



And keep in mind that the ones geared towards eventers (Caprilli, Momentum, etc.) all have a deeper seat than mine. I'm a wanna-be eventer, but this saddle was a steal and I couldn't pass it up. I've done some low (2ft) XC fences with this one and it's been wonderful.
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post #15 of 20 Old 10-19-2010, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Beautiful saddle! I'm going to look up the Caprilli right now, but I wouldn't mind having exactly what you have either!
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post #16 of 20 Old 10-19-2010, 09:15 PM
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Why not contact a Profesional Saddle Maker/Fitter to come out and help you with your decision.

It doesn't matter "what brand" of saddle you like or dislike- the ultimate deal maker and breaker is whether that saddle FITS YOU and YOUR HORSE properly.

What one person likes, may not work for you. All our bodies are shaped differently - so instead of going with what one person likes over another, why not try out saddles with the help of a Professional, to decipher what works for you, your body type and your horse's back.

Just because one likes this brand over that brand - doesn't mean you will. What fits one person's horse, doesn't mean it will fit yours.

Every tree is different, every horses back shape is different, from wither, shoulder, length of back, width of back, shape of back and so on and so on.

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Why not contact a Profesional Saddle Maker/Fitter to come out and help you with your decision.
Professional saddle fitters in my area are few and far between. Plus, the few that do it are usually just trying to sell whatever saddle they carry. But I think you're right that the fit is more important than the brand. I just thought that hearing what people like might help me narrow my options, then I'll have a better idea as to what to order to test ride (English tack stores are fairly uncommon here too )
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post #18 of 20 Old 10-20-2010, 12:25 AM
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I think it's important to find out what saddles other people love and hate, because oftentimes what seems to be a great brand really isn't. We can also help guide her towards brands that hold their value, have good resale, have proven to hold up, etc.

I got my Bates on the recommendation of several people (who were familiar with various different models), and couldn't be happier with it. I've also owned and loved a Crosby PDN, although the fixed gullet isn't something I would ever buy again.

Petitepyromaniac, what kind of horse do you have? Any chance you can borrow a few saddles from friends to get an idea of fit? I know I had some wonderful people who let me try their saddles on my horse, since my area has no fitters either.
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Well, right now I have an American Warmblood, but I'm in the process of selling her, and I'm not sure what horse I'll get next. I'll probably wait until after I get the new horse to get the saddle, so I can make sure the one I get fits.

I like the idea of the adjustable gullet option. You never know when/how you're horse is going to change build, or if you're going to get another horse (like I'm doing). It just seems more convenient.

I LOVED the look of the Bates Momentum (not sure if it had blocks though), but it's a bit out of my price range. So maybe I can find it used, and any of the other Bates look good too. I think I know a girl at my old barn who has one... maybe I'll see if I can sneak a ride in it sometime on my new horse (thanks for the idea reachthestars!)
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Well, right now I have an American Warmblood, but I'm in the process of selling her, and I'm not sure what horse I'll get next. I'll probably wait until after I get the new horse to get the saddle, so I can make sure the one I get fits.

I like the idea of the adjustable gullet option. You never know when/how you're horse is going to change build, or if you're going to get another horse (like I'm doing). It just seems more convenient.

I LOVED the look of the Bates Momentum (not sure if it had blocks though), but it's a bit out of my price range. So maybe I can find it used, and any of the other Bates look good too. I think I know a girl at my old barn who has one... maybe I'll see if I can sneak a ride in it sometime on my new horse (thanks for the idea reachthestars!)
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