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  • Should i get a wintec or high horse synthetic
  • Will synthetic wintec hurt my horses back?

 
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    03-10-2009, 04:07 PM
  #31
Weanling
Well said Luvs2Ride and Walkamile. Anyone can take any brand of saddle, regardless how expensive or well made it is and find a way to hurt their horse with it, lol! We fit the saddles to our horses using specific padding (Tacky Too pads, faded/graded felt pads that we custom made, etc). I see a lot of people at the local non-breed shows riding in just a saddle with a small navajo blanket underneith and that's IT (it was half off of the horse and only one layer thick...) those are the horses that get nerve damage! =)

Im interested to hear how that Wintec broke. Mine has been more than awesome and has been thrown under a horse multiple times and still looks very new! =)
     
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    03-10-2009, 05:05 PM
  #32
Showing
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Originally Posted by Walkamile    
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.
     
    03-10-2009, 05:09 PM
  #33
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
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.
Actually I tried Wintec english too and it was OK. It wasn't very comfy for me, so I sold it and got a different brand. Overall I heard Wintec english saddles are pretty decent for synthetic (I was referring to WESTERN saddle) and they are pretty popular in tack stores around here.
     
    03-12-2009, 04:04 PM
  #34
Started
High Horse Arlington-Barrel
That is the leather saddle that I am currently racing in. I have considered buying another leather, but I really like the colorfullness of a synthetic.

I don't know. Haha. I honestly can't decide whether I should buy a synthetic or not.....
     
    03-12-2009, 10:05 PM
  #35
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King Series Suede Seat Trail Saddle: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com

What are your opinions on the King Series Synthetic saddles? I LOVE the look on this one, but I am not sure at all how well it will hold.

P.S. Sorry I am posting so many different saddles and brands. Haha. I am just trying to find the best possible ones.
     
    03-12-2009, 11:12 PM
  #36
Started
I ride in an Ozark Saddle King barrel saddle, made right here in Waco, Texas. They're incredible saddles - good fit, strong trees, ultra comfortable, and incredibly durable - mine's over ten years old and it's my favorite saddle by far. And it'll only set you back about $400! They're all leather, and really just an incredible buy.

Saddles, Western Saddles, Tack, Horse Supplies, Billy Cook Saddles, Montana Silversmiths, Simco-Longhorn Saddlery - Eaton Ranch Saddle Shop

Saddles, Western Saddles, Tack, Horse Supplies, Billy Cook Saddles, Montana Silversmiths, Simco-Longhorn Saddlery - Eaton Ranch Saddle Shop

They are the same, just different colors. Hope this helps!
     
    03-13-2009, 01:18 PM
  #37
Foal
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Originally Posted by Tennessee    
King Series Suede Seat Trail Saddle: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com

What are your opinions on the King Series Synthetic saddles? I LOVE the look on this one, but I am not sure at all how well it will hold.

P.S. Sorry I am posting so many different saddles and brands. Haha. I am just trying to find the best possible ones.

It is good to ask about various brands.

please stay away for the King Series, Royal King and Silver King, all imported by JT International.

I had one, tree broke, parts came loose, JUNK, JUNK, not to mention 2 months of stall rest and vet bills after the thing hurt my Horse when it broke.

I have been studying and learning all I can about saddles, so to help others from my mistakes. JT is not the only bad saddle I had, tried a no name from Ebay too.........I know shame on me twice....


CJ
     
    03-13-2009, 01:32 PM
  #38
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Originally Posted by CountryJoe    
It is good to ask about various brands.

please stay away for the King Series, Royal King and Silver King, all imported by JT International.

I had one, tree broke, parts came loose, JUNK, JUNK, not to mention 2 months of stall rest and vet bills after the thing hurt my Horse when it broke.

I have been studying and learning all I can about saddles, so to help others from my mistakes. JT is not the only bad saddle I had, tried a no name from Ebay too.........I know shame on me twice....


CJ
Oh yikes! Thanks for letting me know.



I think I am leaning towards an Abetta. I found one at a local tack store brand new for $350, and it is so gorgeous! I might get it...
     
    03-13-2009, 01:42 PM
  #39
Foal
Abetta is a good choice, everyone has their favorites, but I know of several people that still have theirs in great shape after 10 years, not bad for a 300.00 saddle and have never heard of one hurting a horse because it fell apart

CJ
     
    03-16-2009, 09:32 AM
  #40
Foal
For western, I have an Abetta and a Wintec for english. I love them both! Easy to clean and hold up well.
     

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