Bethy, they feel different but I think they are MUCH better quality than the Wintecs which I think feel very 'plasticy'. I've only sat in one so far since mine (STILL! >:@) isn't in, but fingers crossed for this week or next week
My saddle came!!!! And I LOVE it! It's so comfortable, fits BOTH of my horses well (slips back a little on Rico, but the breastplate stops that) and did I mention it's super to ride in?
Unlike leather and most synthetic bridles I've had, mine was SUPER easy to buckle and move and adjust rather than stiff like all the others have been and is super soft already.
My only beef with it is that the sizes are big. The full bridle just fits Riley, but the figure-8 noseband doesn't even fit Rico (who has a bigger head), I had to put several holes in it to keep the noseband on. The noseband also attaches on both sides which is something I've never seen before.. The breastplate I bought is cob sized and fits Rico (17hh and fairly big) on the loosest hole and Riley on the 3rd loosest so it runs big as well.
Rico - horrible photo, Taylah only managed one of him in it before it started to rain.
Close up of Riley's (filthy) head
I don't have any close up photos of the gear yet, but I'll post them when I get around to taking them. I had plenty of people at pony club today look shocked when I told them it was actually a synthetic saddle, and they had to look closely and actually touch it before they believed it wasn't leather.
That's awesome! It looks really nice, I love that colour. I was going to get that colour in a Wintec, butI think I might try find a Tekna to sit in before I make any final decisions.
Did you get it through Horseland or another saddlery?
Amir, Horseland has just started to stock them but I've had some bad experiences with them in regards to getting things ordered in so I went to the Caboolture Saddle Shed and Trevor was great and super helpful! I got mine on a takehome layby through there so I get to ride in it while I pay it off :)
Sandale Saddlery up the coast also has them so it'd just depend who is easiest for you.
Hm... I think I might go to Horseland on Saturday and see if they have one I can sit in. I can compare to the Wintec and then if I like it more than the Wintec I might try Cabbo Saddle Shed and order it through them.
I know the saddle shed has some in stock, an all-purpose and a jumping saddle I think.. I just definitely prefer the look and feel of the Tekna over the Wintec. I think the Wintec really *looks* synthetic even from a distance whereas the Tekna looks a lot nicer. Just my opinion though.. I'll get some closeup photos of it this afternoon and post them