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post #1 of 10 Old 07-04-2012, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Question wintec saddles

I am currently looking for a new saddle for my pony mare. she is ca 13,5 hh, she has no high whithers, but is quite narrow, thin in shoulders. I know that wide gullets are too wide for her.

We know used a synthetic saddle with 28-narrower middle gullet. this saddle has changablegullets like sintec, but the gullets are lower quality and are widened by use. Some people say I could use wintec gulllets in there, but the saddle doesnt fit me anyway....

My mare is satisfied with the saddle. Even though she is a pony, we have 17" seat and she cant have longer, but i think it's OK. Well she doesn't do anything strange, and she is that kind of horse, who can show that something is wrong...

But I have problem.... After half an hour od riding, I have my -intimous parts of body- all in pain. And it's not by my seat, I have no problems in other saddles, I even ride in 16,5" seat and it is OK.

Since this saddle is first after three years to really fit her, I thought I would go for a Wintec, which seems very similar to me, but higher quality-and perhaps my body would not disagree.

I really like the Wintec New 500 VSD saddle. Firstly, Imostly do dressage and trail rides, only from time to time little jump (like 40 cms). I like riding in longer stirrups. that's for the choice of all around/dressage saddle for me. And for her-as she is small, in AP or jumping saddles the flaps go over her shoulders. But I cant have dressage saddle-I would have my feet on the ground

And then, i really like the girth strap which is more forward-under the flap... i think it would maybe help a little with the saddle sliding on ponies-the girth would be more in forward and will have no tendency to go more forward (the girth will be in the thinniest place on the belly).

What do you think? I have read many positive reactions on wintec 500 saddles, but some say they are not for round ponies... but then.. Lisa is not that round....

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-04-2012, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-04-2012, 10:14 AM
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I like my Wintec VSD and it fits my round Arabs! But, it's too big so I'm looking for a smaller one. The quality is great and they hold up to a lot of abuse. It's very humid here so not having to take care of leather is wonderful!
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I like my Wintec VSD and it fits my round Arabs! But, it's too big so I'm looking for a smaller one. The quality is great and they hold up to a lot of abuse. It's very humid here so not having to take care of leather is wonderful!

Yes, Liza loves water, and few times we went in the water accidentaly, with the tach (I tried to pass the water, but she went and lied down ) and we dont have any special place for the saddle to keep it, we have it in garage. In winter it is verycold there, i think leather would suffer.

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-14-2012, 09:37 AM
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Go the wintec 500 :) They are soooooooooooooooo comy i got an older one, i think a 250 and i hate it, but the 500 AP and dressage are very good :)

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post #7 of 10 Old 07-14-2012, 09:44 AM
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I have a Wintec 2000 AP. I'm very fond of that saddle, and it fits my chubster, pony sized Arab gelding extremely well.
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I have a Wintec 2010 Pro dressage saddle (without contour blocks) and I like it fine enough, but when I have more money I will replace it, it fits the horse just fine but I find it uncomfortable and just not up to my standard of quality.

Your pony has a very flat back, so I would see if you can try one before you buy, as it might rock on her back, I'm not sure. The Pros I know (in the AP and the dressage) fit well on horses like these, but the Isabelle does not, it fits a more curvy backed horse better. I have no idea about the VSD saddle.

The saddle on her in the mounted photo is tipping forward, a simple built up pad in front (Roma makes a nice cheap one that works well) will make it more comfortable for you and for her. That could be the problem with the saddle making you sore, the saddle is rocking you forward off your seatbones onto your crotch.

Your pony is friggen adorable!
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-15-2012, 08:15 AM
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I'm not keen on my friend's Wintec AP - not very comfortable and the straps and fastenings seem cheap and low quality. It's not terrible but I'd be happier spending less money getting a good 2nd hand leather saddle.
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-17-2012, 04:28 AM
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I have a Wintec 500 dressage saddle that I've had for about 10 years.

It's been great. I've been rather awful to it and it still looks brand new. Its fitted a variety of horses, including a few round ponies. A problem I had with one round pony though was that it would slip when mounting.

I think its comfy and everything. The only reason I am not using it ATM is because I want something more secure for my mare. They're cool saddles, but I don't think they have a very deep seat. I'd never get rid of it though.

I am fan. Leather saddles are all good in theory, but they require a lot of care and upkeep. Where as the synthetics you can ride in the rain and the mud and not worry at all.
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