Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
If I could get my hands on the Wintec 500 Close Contact saddle, I'd take it for sure.
I used to ride in a Wintec 500 A/P for a long time and for what it was, it was a nice saddle. I used it for gosh....since I came to Michigan up to this year 2010 - and at that time I would of defended it to death, until I learnt how poor the saddle was fit wise for my TB, and for me.
Unfortunately, Wintec/Bates - and it's not just them, but all saddle brands out there, don't inform or educate possible buyers/owners that the saddles truely do accomodate horses with flat backs because of how strait their tree's are. And I dislike that they say the Gullet Change System allows their saddles to fit any horse, when that is very untrue.
BUT on the positive side, they are well made saddles for their 'quality'. They are strong, sturdy, can withstand all weather elements and can go through snow, water, wind, heat and still remain in great condition.
The All Purpose didn't work well for me, because of how A/P's place you position wise, and I honestly thought it was me and myself that created the problem, instead of the saddle - until I got into my now current saddle, and how it put me in a position with ease.
Now, I've ridden in the Wintec 500 CC, and I like that the tree shape accomodates a horse with an arched back like typical TB's, and I like that it is a CC and puts you in the proper position in stead of semi.
Honestly, if I could get my hands on a 17.5" - 18" Wintec 500 CC, I would get it.
Collegiates - I really like the Colliegate Convertible Diploma and the Alumni...I think it is the Alumni....?
I have seen the Diploma in person, handled it, put it on my horse and rode in it. Very nice saddle, and I was saving up my $ to get one, until my Coach showed me her previous saddle, my now current saddle and I ended up getting that instead.
The Diploma was very comfortable, put me in the correct position and I felt very secure in it.