This is what I hate about wintecs.. because they have the changeable gullet doesnt mean you can just change the gullet and it will fit any horse. That is VERY incorrect. The gullet may fit but it doesnt mean the rest of the saddle will fit.
In saying that I had a Wintec CC and I loved it, It depends on the shape of your horses back if it will fit or not as its very banana shapped. On a horse with a flat back it will rock back and forwards. I had it on my old boy who had a sway back and when ever I did dressage in it and he realllly lifted up it would slap around on his back, and if the rider wasnt ballanced enough the back of it would tip up, but that's because his back shape changed while over a jump or riding dressage etc. LOVE those saddles tho.
I know that along with the gullet there's more to the saddle that has to fit to the horse. But for me, it will be better than having to go out like every few months to get a new saddle. Not to mention waiting to sell a saddle takes a while and everything.
If I had the money, I would get a saddle fitter out to the barn and get a custom saddle for all of my horses. But I don't have the money to do that and am doing the best that I can do.
Montana is my main riding horse, but I'm going to re-start Vega and condition Gem, so for me, it's good that I can change the gullet, even though it doesn't mean it will fit all three of them.
I would suggest getting it atleast fitted to the one horse it will be mainly used on. I hate changing the gullets haha sooo bloody hard its annoying.. I usually pay someone else to do it rofl. Ill get pix of what the saddle did with unbalanced people. Ohk its hard to see but its the best picture I have.
Saddle with reasonably balanced rider, aka me. (note if you look really closely theres no gap between his back and the saddle below the cantle)
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.