I ride in a Wintec 500, A/P
The only thing I dislike about Wintecs and Bates - is that the pannels are not built right. They are not only not wide enough, but they are too close to one another, where I can only get 2 fingers inbetween.
Which means, this saddle rests on the spine, not the ribs.
My TB, has shark fin withers, and is A Symetrical in shape.
If I go with a saddle that fits his withers, it is now too narrow for his back If I go with a saddle to fit his back, it is now too wide for his withers.
If I went wide, and a wither relief pad or 1/2 pad - that only causes damage in the long run. His muscles ended up compacting due to the compression caused by that, his top line was not permitted to work.
I went narrow to fit his withers, the tree broke because it couldn't take the pressure of his broad back. He ended up with saddle sores as well due to the stirrup bars pressing into his withers.
There was no happy medium.
So I ended up, under advice of a professional saddle fitter/maker who trained with Schlese *sp* - to take a gullet for the wintec and have it shaped in accordance to his withers and back.
So that is what I did. And it works, for now. It fits his withers, and his broad back.
Eventually I would like to get a Hermes Sprenger , but I'd have to sell a kidney to get that. I would also like to look into the Thorowgood T6 CC model. They are very accomodating for A symetrical shape...but I'd like to have a look at the pannel construction.
For now, I am keeping a very close eye on his sweat stains left on his saddle pad - although I haven't been on him all winter due to his corrective shoeing - so come spring I'll be starting all over again.
Here we are in the wintec 500, A/P: