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)
I used it for couple years riding different horses on trails (no running, racing, jumping, cattle running, ....
) and I'm VERY gentle with my equipment whether it's tack, cloth, or anything else. One day when I was going slightly down hill (on walk) the back part of the saddle popped up throwing all my weight on horse neck. I TRIED to put it back by leaning backward, but it didn't come back. It's HARD to describe really, but I've never seen anything like that before. So I slide off my horse neck on my butt and thought may be something wrong with girth. Checked the girth, made it little tighter, got back in and 2 mins later it happened again (this time I fall on my shoulder). Mom said my falls were very impressive to look at. Next day I trashed the saddle. Lol! When I talked to the saddle fitters/sellers in couple stores in my area (we have good number of tack stores) they said most probably the tree (which is very cheap in wintec and such) flexed really bad.
As for my friend I haven't watched it (UNFORTUNATELY!
), but from his words the tree splitted right in middle so he felt like sitting on horse back bareback with parts on both sides.
I guess it all depends on how lucky you are. I also know some people who have wintec and are perfectly happy with it.