Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
It is replaceable hon.
My flexible tree point broke on me, with my older Wintec *It was a Wintec 500 A/P*
The reason why it broke, is beacuse either a too narrow gullet was used on the horses back, and the flexible tree point broke over use because it couldn't flex far enough to accomodate the horses shoulders or - the right gullet was in the saddle to accomodate the horses withers, but was not wide enough to accomodate the horses back, which in turn, again, broke the flexible tree point because it couldn't flex far enough.
That is what happened to mine. I had the correct color gullet in my wintec to accomodate my horses withers, but in turn, it was not accomodating my horses broad back - which at the time, I had no clue about.
My TB is A Symetrical - high narrow withers, very broad backed.
The tree point was doing it's job, it was just pushed beyond it's limits.
I took mine to a Saddle Maker/Fitter's shop, and she replaced it for me at the cost of $10 or $20. It is easily done. Took her a day to get it done for me, and I had my saddle back home the next day.
The gullet was not improperly installed, it is just because the user of the saddle had no idea how to properly fit a saddle on their horses backs *not uncommon*