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post #11 of 18 Old 12-19-2011, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I've heard a lot of good things about Wintec - I think I'll probably get one! does the synthetic last long? and also (i also have another post for this question) but do you by any chance know if pony club allows wintec saddles? I know that some shows and judges don't allow them.
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post #12 of 18 Old 12-19-2011, 09:26 PM
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I've had mine a little over a year and it looks practically new except for where I scratched it with my belt(won't ride with a belt again!) lol
I have no idea about pony club, I've never shown, I did ask my trainer about if I could show in mine(although it wouldn't be pony club)and she said that you can show in a synthetic saddle
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post #13 of 18 Old 12-20-2011, 01:11 AM
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You should be allowed to show in it, but some judges will judge more harshly because they prefer the look of leather to sunthetic.
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post #14 of 18 Old 12-20-2011, 09:58 AM
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Personally, I like Stubbens. I prefer a harder seat and I find Stubben saddles extremely comfortable. If given the choice, I would definitely opt for a Stubben over an HDR. If you watch the classifieds and online tack dealers, you might be able to pick up a Stubben for cheap.
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post #15 of 18 Old 12-20-2011, 10:03 AM
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I have both a Stubben and a Wintec 2000. I like both saddles, with my preference going to the Stubben.

As Courtney said, Stubbens tend to have firmer seats than some others. I prefer a firmer seat. Wintecs also have firmer seats than other brands, so you'll need to remember that if you opt to buy one.

If you want cushy, stay away from Stubbens and Wintecs.

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post #16 of 18 Old 12-20-2011, 01:37 PM
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If you're after a softer seat, I found the Collegiate brand very nice. I test-rode one a few weeks back and it was extremely comfortable. The seat was nicely padded, but not excessively. My immediate thought was, "wow, this saddle would be awesome for trail riding!". I also sat in a Jaguar dressage saddle that was nice and soft. Very enjoyable, but not my cup of tea.
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post #17 of 18 Old 12-20-2011, 03:43 PM
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do you know what shape tree your horse needs? is the horse flat backed or curvey? that will help in advising of possible saddles for you to look at.

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post #18 of 18 Old 12-20-2011, 04:41 PM
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I liked the Stubben saddles better than the HDR saddles. The main reason was because when I rode in the HDR saddles I couldn't feel my horse and they influenced a forward position that I didn't like. The Stubbens do have a harder seat, but the quality was good, put me in a more favorable position, and I could feel my horse. Riding in a saddle with a harder seat really doesn't effect me, but one of my "musts" is to ride in a saddle where I can feel my horse. I have to say that I am a big fan of the M. Toulouse saddles. Every saddle from them that I've ridden in was comfortable and good quality. I also like my Dover Circuit saddle. It's comfortable, well made, and puts me in a good position. The only downside to the Circuits is that the dye comes out easily. A little oil puts the dye right back in and makes it look brand new again.

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