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post #21 of 40 Old 03-09-2009, 01:58 PM
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Or Ebay, but be careful, there are a lot of scary looking cheap western saddles on there too. Try to look for a name brand.
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post #22 of 40 Old 03-09-2009, 02:32 PM
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I'll NEVER go with western Wintec again. My saddle broke on me after just 2 years of riding sending me over my horse head (thank God my youngster didn't spook and didn't run over me!). Friend of mine said his Wintec split into 2 parts when he was on trail ride couple miles away from home. He said it was unbelievable experience.

As for Abetta I rode in some, but somehow Abetta puts my legs in wrong position, so I feel very uncomfortable. However number of people I know owns Abetta and pretty happy about the saddle.
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kitten _Val, sorry to hear about your experience with your wintec western. Could you tell me what exactly let go on it as I also have one and "so far so good". I am now using a Tucker endurance, but my husband and any friend that may ride with me will be using the wintec. Am very anxious to know what broke.

Thanks, (sorry for the side track to this thread, but I really want this info)
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NEVER use a wintec I hate them they gave my horse nerve problems as in the nerves where killed try ammo's I love them and sort of pretty heres a link www.bonnetts.com.au/saddles.htm
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NEVER use a wintec I hate them they gave my horse nerve problems as in the nerves where killed try ammo's I love them and sort of pretty heres a link www.bonnetts.com.au/saddles.htm
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I believe that has more to do with the actual fit and not the brand of saddle. If I'm wrong please correct me.
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I believe that has more to do with the actual fit and not the brand of saddle. If I'm wrong please correct me.
No, you're correct. ANY brand can have a saddle that causes damage to a horse's muscle or nerves. It's up to the rider/owner of the horse to make sure the saddle is safe (not factory defective) and fits properly, and adequate/proper padding is being used.
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[QUOTE][/QUOTEI believe that has more to do with the actual fit and not the brand of saddle. If I'm wrong please correct me.]yes I think you are wrong I have spoken to many saddle fitters and a lot say that bates wintec's brand of trees are a bad brand it was adjustable and we adjusted it a few time please don't take any offense it's just my and a few others opinion
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[/QUOTEI believe that has more to do with the actual fit and not the brand of saddle. If I'm wrong please correct me.]yes I think you are wrong I have spoken to many saddle fitters and a lot say that bates wintec's brand of trees are a bad brand it was adjustable and we adjusted it a few time please don't take any offense it's just my and a few others opinion
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P.S please don't take any offense I don't want to be the bad guy here
Barebackrider, you did not offend me, but you did give me information and that is always appreciated. I like factual info as apposed to hearsay opinions. I now know why you made the statement about Wintecs and it actually carries a little more weight to it.

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yes I think you are wrong I have spoken to many saddle fitters and a lot say that bates wintec's brand of trees are a bad brand it was adjustable and we adjusted it a few time please don't take any offense it's just my and a few others opinion
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Wintec/Bates would NOT be so prolific if they were that cruddy of a saddle... I have owned two Wintecs with the changeable gullets and they never hurt any horse I used them on and never broke or became unstable.

The tree has to FIT your horse. The changeable gullet only changes the FRONT of the tree, not the WHOLE tree. So while you might have gotten the front to work, the rest of the tree might have been wrong for your horse. Or, you could have one of those horses that needs a hoop tree, which is more you shaped, instead of the more traditional V shaped tree.

There is MUCH more to saddle fitting than just the gullet width and angle. Wintecs can fit a wider variety of horses with their gullet plates, but they don't fit all horses, NOR do they claim to fit all horses.
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