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post #1 of 19 Old 03-23-2010, 04:13 AM Thread Starter
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Wintec english saddles?

I want one mainly because they're super comfy, have the CAIR system, and the interchangeable gullet. If you've used one what are your opinions of them? Do you find the gullet system really helps out with correct saddle fitting and does the saddle hold up well?

I've read some pretty poor reviews on the Wintec elastic girths so I'll steer clear of those.

I know this will probably bring about replies of just get a used leather saddle but I'm curious about the wintec. I have a synthetic western saddle that I adore and holds up very well. It's lightweight, way more comfy then any gel seat put over a leather saddle, easy to keep clean, and withstands the occasional beating my horse gives it.
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I have one and I love mine. I sold one got a leather saddle and then ended up coming back to the wintec, I just love how easy they are to clean and since I trail ride as well as school and show in mine I like knowing that if I get it wet its not going to be forever ruined. My first wintec did not have the CAIR and my second one does, some people say they notice that the CAIR panels make them pop up out of the saddle more but I haven't experienced any difference.

The downsides are that if your horse has any curve to their back or has high withers this probably isn't the saddle for you. The trees are very straight and it offers little wither clearance. I also agree with the girths being difficult, I just couldn't stand how hard they were to get tight, I ended up with an ovation synthetic girth for mine. Oh, and I don't like the wintec leathers, the ones I had never did break in and were always stiff and twisting my irons funny.

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Oh, and as for the gullet, while it is a plus, I am lucky that most of the horses that I ride are the same width so I only had to change it once when I first got the saddle. I did not find it to be an easy change, took me almost an hour to do the stupid thing, but I am also not very coordinated, so while its a nice thing to have available, the real selling point to me was the not worrying about getting it wet and the light weightiness, not the gullet change system.

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I had one for about a month and I sold it. It didn't fit my horses well even with the changeable gullet and I didn't find it comfy either. I think they are good for the price and they are great in maintenance, but personally I'd go with the used one nice brand for the same price.
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I think you will find the replies will show you that like them or not is a personal preference thing.

I have a wintec and a nice leather saddle. I prefer my leather saddle. The synthetic fabric almost feels sticky to me when I ride (not literally sticky, just not like leather).

I have one friend who prefers the synthetic saddle because it is more grippy.

I have never played with the interchangeable gullet system (though it does have that) so I can not give an opinion on that.
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I have a wintec and a nice leather saddle. I prefer my leather saddle. The synthetic fabric almost feels sticky to me when I ride (not literally sticky, just not like leather).

I have one friend who prefers the synthetic saddle because it is more grippy.
It's actually very interesting, because I found wintec to be more slippery for me then both leather saddles I have.

I agree though - wintec (as ANY saddle) is a personal thing - you like it or not. :)
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Just as QH Dragon said - Wintecs only fit a certain type of back on a horse.

Just because the saddle has the Interchangeable Gullets, doesn't mean it will fit your horses back. The only thing the Interchangeable Gullets do, is make the saddle wide, narrow, medium, medium/wide etc, etc - but that does not change the shape of the tree or the panels.

Just make sure you have a Professional Saddle Fitter/Maker come and have a look-see of the saddle while it is on your horses back so that you can be sure that the Wintec is the right saddle for you guys.

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I really like Wintecs. So far they have worked out for both of the horses I've owned and ridden in them (a low-withered short backed pony and a somewhat high withered 16hh TB)
I have had the Wintec 500 AP and the Wintec Isabell dressage (current), first one flocked and second one with CAIR. I personally prefer CAIR when it works for the horse as it has for mine. But as stated, it doesn't work for every horse so you definitely want to try it before buying if possible.

The easychange system does work but it has its limits. As stated it does only change the front of the saddle and not the whole thing, so I hear a lot about wider horses having issues with it (though they do make the Wintec wide saddles probably to solve that problem) but they definitely are able to fit many more horses than your average saddle would.

I find them very comfortable, but that's a matter of preference and how you're built and what not, as with any saddle. I feel like my Isabell is the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden. The 500 was really nice, too, but that synthetic definitely is slippery. I would go for one with an equisuede seat personally..

They do hold up quite well, too. Not as well as very well-maintained leather but for the price and time spent on care, I find it to be well worth it. Both of my saddles were quite well-used when I bought them and still looking almost new.
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that's another thing that I like about the wintecs, if you take care of them they stay looking new or near new for a long time.

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HATE IT HATE IT HATE IT!!!! It doesn't fit me or my horse, and you have to be in this certian little margin of horse and rider for them to fit properly. The AP doesn't let you get in the proper position either, which hinders any abilities to jump or do anything properly. I would not buy a Wintec again. The Dressage saddle that I have is fine, but the jumping...... O_O

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