Which Wintec Saddle Should I Get?

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    02-14-2011, 05:58 PM
Which Wintec Saddle Should I Get?

I am in the market for an english Wintec saddle but there are so many I don't know which one's would suit my needs best. I will mostly be trail riding and flat work in the arena(not high level dressage or anything, just training my two horses). I might get a jumping horse in 2 or 3 years so I need the saddle to be able to jump with but also flat work.
What should a used wintec be priced at? There is a used Wintec CC(not the new one, the one that looks like the Bates Caprilli) on consignment at my local feed store for $300, is this reasonable? It comes with webbers, stirrups, a pad, and a girth(not wintec).
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    02-14-2011, 07:21 PM
I think that is reasonable.

I would go for an all purpose if I were you, since you said you plan on changing disciplines (and it gives you the freedom to do so).

The all purpose saddles (older ones) are pretty cheap (up to about 300) and there are many versions of it. The Pro All Purpose has the interchangeable gullet system, which is really nice when you're riding more than one horse.

Good luck! :)
    02-14-2011, 07:29 PM
I think a close contact saddle sounds best for you and what you plan on doing. I personally don't like all purpose saddles only because I don't feel they put me in the best riding position and I don't like how much open space there is in the saddle when you move your leg to a more dressage position. I would rather have a jumping saddle and a dressage saddle if the budget would allow. Which 95% of us--me included--that doesn't always work out.
    02-14-2011, 09:30 PM
Thanks for the replies :) I really like the Close Contacts because of the Close Contact, would an AP give me that same conection? My horse is pretty sinsetive so I guess he wuld be able to feel me through an AP. Will I still be able to jump in an AP? I want to be able to jump, even if I won't be for the next couple of years.
    02-14-2011, 09:56 PM
Yes, you can jump in an AP, I do :) You can literally use it for all purposes :)

The saddle will still give you great contact. Although the CC will give you MORE, it is not like you can't feel the horse in an all purpose.

I think the saddle at your tack shop is a great deal.
Most of the time the APs I see are cheaper than the CCs... that is another thing I like about them :)
    02-14-2011, 10:15 PM
I love my wintec pro dressage, but since you said you want to do some jumping a dressage saddle really wouldn't work(i really should have thought of that because I do intend on learning to jump once I get over the fear of falling I don't bounce like I used to) But anyway, from what I hear their CC is better then their A/P
    02-14-2011, 10:22 PM
Green Broke
Is there a tack store near you that would have an AP and a close contact? You really need to sit in them both. AP saddles are not my cup of tea but I have a friend that insists on them.

The one that I have listed on here is a close contact its really comfortable. People that say they would never own a syntetic have actualy changed there mind by sitting in mine.

Oh adn whne looking for a wyntec make sure you get a more brown color like the newmarket. :P some shows have rules against black saddles.

Here is there website if you want it.

Wintec | Showjumping, Cross Country & Hunter/Jumper Saddles
    02-14-2011, 10:29 PM
It really is a personal preference. I sort of feel trapped in a CC.

If you do hunters a black saddle will not work, but for most jumper or eventing shows it will.
    02-14-2011, 10:31 PM
^^I can't do hj or hus with my horse now, and if I get another horse I would problably either equitation and/or jumpers. I would prefer a brown though just to be safe, and it looks better imo

My local tack store only has western saddles, the wintec is just there on consignment. I will problably end up going with that one since it has all the fittings and I wouldn't have to pay shipping like I would from one on ebay, ect.

This is like the one at my tack store:
    02-14-2011, 10:54 PM
If your horse has a pretty strait back, the Wintec 500 CC will not work for you, because it has an arched tree aka banana tree.

If your horse has any shape to his back, then the Wintec 500 A/P will not work for you, because the tree is very strait.

Whichever saddle you decide to get, please make sure you hire a Professional Saddle Maker/Fitter to come out and assess the saddle on your horses back before you decide to purchase it.

Just because the Wintec is cheap, doesn't mean it will fit you and your horse properly.

Just because Wintec markets the fact that their saddles have interchangeable gullets, to "fit" a wide variety of horses with 1 saddle.....is hogwash. Just because you can change the width of the tree, to make the saddle fit the withers...doesn't make the rest of the tree change shape to accomodate the rest of the horses back.

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