The wintec 250 is there basic model...depending on what you want to use if for?....lessons, hacking etc......it's ok, if you do not own your own horse my I sugest the wintec 2000 ap saddle that has the inter changable gullet system and the cair, it's a little bit more in price but worth it. This is the saddle I am looking in to myself because I have 2 diffrent critters to ride, abby is 14.1 and round bellied where as star is 15.0 longer in the wiethers..
Ya I'd definetly go for the 2000 if you want a Wintec...the 250 is pretty cheap and tends to squeak alot! It won't last you as long, and isn't as well made. The 2000 is nice though...Wintecs are very comfy, although the black color shows dust terribly, so make sure to sponge it down reguarly! I found that a Wintec I rode in was great for elementary (2'3") to beginner novice (2'9") stadium jumping, but just put me a bit off-balance in the Cross-country stage of eventing. It also kind of held my leg up a bit in Dressage, so I couldn't quite stretch down as much as I'd have liked. But that's just me...I have very long legs! Beware though...even though the Wintec system does have a changeable gullet, it just doesn't fit some horses. So I would try one on your horse, to check that it fits!
I don't technically own this horse, I am leasing him. Which gives me the privalges of riding whenever, w/out paying feed, vet, and farrier stuff. But I am going to be leasing the horse for a while, so should I still get a better model?
Well what about the 500? Its got CAIR and changeable gullet?