Is a Wintec the one for me?
Bah, Im really starting to reconsider my approach to getting a new saddle. I was intent on getting a leather saddle at first, since Id be showing almost every month, and some judges here are very...tack conscious. So, naturally, I wanted real leather. I had originally thought that all wintecs were that suede-type of material and thats why I didnt want one. But now that Ive gotten into really looking at saddles, Ive seen some that are synthetic wintecs, but look like real leather. Specifically their Close Contact saddle for jumping. AND the fact that their adjustable gullet may come in handy.
I ride a lotttt of different horses in my lessons. Most of them, however, have high withers. REALLY high withers, so I like the idea of being able to put the narrow gullet in. But my question is, would this really be beneficial to me? Does the gullet change system reaaally do much? I dont wanna spend $450 for the saddle new, and gullets I need on ebay if it's not what I need. And I know $450 for the whole package of saddle, gullets, leathers, and stirrups (I think even a cover and girth) isnt a lot of money saddle-wise, especially for all that, AND the fact that it's new, but still. I am on a TIGHT budget. Im a teenager, without a job, without a car, and the closest tack shop is 40-50 minutes away, and I refuse to go there, as they have been using our card number(they do things manually with the hand swiper that makes indentions on a paper) to pay for things at their shop, so I am extremely uncomfortable with buying there or testing saddles there.
I also have a saddle right now thats a Courbette CC, but has no knee blocks, which I probably should have, and it doesnt fit at all, so I was trying to trade it in for a saddle that would work better, but no one has anything I am looking for (If you think you do, then feel free to let me know!).
All in all, what are your opinions on Wintecs for my situation?