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post #51 of 54 Old 07-10-2010, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer View Post
Why not go with what YOU like, without worrying about others opinions on what you are riding in.

There is nothing wrong with Wintecs, as long as it works for your body type and your horse, same with Collegiates.

Who gives a whoot about anyone else's opinions. That'd be the day I give my Coach the power to tell me what brand of saddle I ride in and don't ride in.

Try them out, see how they fit you and your horse. If they work, great. If not, move on.
Couldn't agree more. I personally LOVE wintecs and hate leather saddles. But my best friend only rides in leather saddles. Its just a preference. I have been seriously looking at getting a wintec 500 jump or wintec pro jump for (obviously) jumping. But get what YOU like as MIEventer said. Only your opinion matters cause you have to ride in it (:

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post #52 of 54 Old 07-10-2010, 09:30 PM
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I ride in a Wintec 500 All Purpose because I don't have the money for a nice leather saddle. I say get what you want and what you can afford. :) Personally, I can ride in either leather or synthetic saddles- as long as they fit my horse and myself.
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post #53 of 54 Old 07-10-2010, 09:51 PM
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I've had a Wintec 500 AP, CC and Dressage (at different times - different horses). I think they're pretty good. People are saying that there are these other leather brands that are much better and worth it - and I totally agree that if you have the money you should spend it on something really good, but I know that, at least in Australia you are looking to usually pay at least double the price for one of those saddles - and not everyone has the money.

I like Wintec because you don't have to look after them much. You can ride in the rain, through water, chuck it in the back of your car (carefully), it can fall over (i've had mine knocked to the ground a few times), and they are always alright. Sure they don't fit every horse - but I have the CAIR panels and with the gullet they can fit a fair few. I've heard bad things about CAIR and Wintec and about all these problems and heat and compression but I've always found that the horses I ride go better with that saddle.

I don't ride much anymore but my 500 dressage is sitting in a storage unit in Sydney somewhere. I wasn't a huge fan of the CC - which I imagine the jump is closely moddeled of. I think if you are really going to specialise in something then its worth saving up and getting a great saddle. I didn't feel that the CC was good for my position or stability, nor was it particularly comfortable. My favourite is the dressage because the seat isn't too deep so I can sort of use it as a deep all-purpose.
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post #54 of 54 Old 07-10-2010, 10:57 PM
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The Diploma does have a very deep seat (the saddle design is very different than most of thier saddles, and this is the only Collegiate that i have ridden in that I actually liked for the exact same reason as your trainer), but even with that deep seat it has a very close contacty feel. It helped me sit my old Quarter horses harsh canter, and made it feel like I was floating on a cloud. Yet when jumping and cross country came to play there was no "locking in" I usually feel in saddles with a deep seat. I was free to move how I pleased, and my trainer said it seemed to help my jumping ability. But MIEventer is absolutely correct. That is my view on things, and it may be different for you. I still highly recomend that you try the Diploma, but you should also try the wintec along with other saddles that may catch your intrest.

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