Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
Have you ridden in either saddle to get a feel for what they ride like? Have you considered looking for a used saddle that's a better brand?
Sorry, I dislike wintecs for the most part, and will be the first to say what a difference the right saddle can make. I finally splurged on a very nice saddle and WOW I feel so much more solid in my tack. Especially in your situation, you do not want to be working against your tack.
I strongly encourage you to ride in a few saddles to see what a difference saddles can make :)
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My saddle search has been ongoing for a while. The deal was too good to pass up and I bit the bullet and went for the Dressage. If I don't like it, Wintecs sell like HOTCAKES around here so I can probably get most of my $$ back.
I've tried many saddles in the past, the ones I really like, except for the Isabell, I can't afford. I've recently checked out several used nice ones and they either didn't fit Cinny or they didn't fit me. For some reason it is hard to find a Dressage saddle with a Wide tree/gullet in my area.
I am currently saddless unless I want to continue riding in one that is causing my horse pain. For better or worse, I did it. I'm coming out of a Kieffer Wien. I will just need to start saving up for something really grand later.
And sadly in my current situation 500 bucks is a splurge for me :( Too many expenses with my mom having back surgery, as well as other things.