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        05-10-2008, 06:16 AM
    Remember that Wintec has different types of AP saddles.

    I have all wintec saddles. I think they are fantastic. And I've never seen one fall apart. I've never had a problem with them. All my serious horse friends ride in wintecs as well. I can't believe all the problems Americans claim to be having with them! It makes me wonder if someone isnt using Wintecs name to sell crap saddles!
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        05-10-2008, 09:15 AM
    Green Broke
    If you do a lot of heavy riding, I would actually not reccommend the bates. Two ladies at the barn I am in each bought a new bates saddle when their horses arrived from Germany (that's a story in itself!)

    After 4 months (literally) of riding everyday, the saddles had holes, really worn spots - and looked like it had just come out of a war zone. (and although they ride hard, they clean their tack after Every Ride)

    However, I have a Wintec 500 dressage saddle - and I love it! I've had it for 5 years now - it is soooo comfy and really positions me well. I think that the length of your thighbone really determines that, though - taller riders may not like it.

    The good thing about the 500 is that it has the interchangeable gullets - and I bought mine for $250 used on Ebay direct from Australia New ones are right around $500.00, so it's a substantial savings over the Bates.

    Didn't mean to write a book - sorry!
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        05-10-2008, 10:00 AM
    Thanks for all the replies.
    As of right now, i'm not riding, but depending on if my fiance and I move into this house, would really tell me if i'm going to do a lot of riding. I think i'll take pictures of my ovation on Vega and get some opinions on the saddle fit.

    The main reason for me getting a wintec or bates is just the fact that they have the interchangeable gullet, and if Vega gains or looses weight or just changes, I won't have to get a new saddle. Or is that a bad way of thinking?
        05-10-2008, 07:41 PM
    It certainly isnt a bad way of thinking appy :) having the changeable gullet means you can make your saddle comfortable for your horse no matter what weight phase she is going through ;)
        05-10-2008, 08:33 PM
    Thanks Jazzy!

    I still haven't decided on what saddle to get, or even how much to sell my saddle for.

    I think i'll stop into my local tack shop and try some saddles out before I make my final decision.
        05-10-2008, 11:47 PM
    Green Broke
    I own a wintec AP 500 I thinkkkk that's the number on it :P but its way comfortable more then all other saddles I have ridden in and very sturdy and long lasting!
        05-11-2008, 10:28 AM
    I'd prefer not to get an AP though.. but i'll keep them in mind when im shopping.
        05-12-2008, 06:59 AM
    Originally Posted by Miss Katie
    I can't believe all the problems Americans claim to be having with them! It makes me wonder if someone isnt using Wintecs name to sell crap saddles!
    My WESTERN (that's why I didn't mention that before since we are talking about english saddles) Wintec saddle tree broke under me on trail last fall (was used only for 3 years). Causing me flying over the horse head on ground. NOT FUN!

    May be someone just sells wintec, which is not actually wintec. But I know that at least western wintec comes from Vietnam and so on, and I'd be really concern about the quality. Although I still own english AP and it seems OK to me, but I won't ride it on trail for sure.
        05-12-2008, 09:18 AM
    Well I still haven't come to a conclusion. Depending on if Tom and I get this property, depends if I'm going to be doing a lot of trail riding (it's really close to trails and stuff). Wednesday the tack shop is open, i'll go there and talk to them and see if I can test ride a saddle. Who knows, maybe I'll just keep my ovation and if it's too small, sell it to get another leather one. I have no idea.
        05-12-2008, 10:14 AM
    Appy, I remember Dover had GREAT sale on saddles with scrapes and all last year (I got a brochure from them). In fact mostly on CC saddles (and very few AP). Saddles went from $900 --> $500 (as an example) just because they had scratch somewhere (still being new). In fact I was kicking myself for getting Wintec and not looking into this one (I'd get MUCH nicer saddle for the same price as Wintec). May be you also want to look into something like that.

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