I recently acquired a Wintec Sport saddle from my aunt as she does not ride anymore. I have always just used the saddles in our tack room at the barn I ride at, never really paid attention to size or anything. This saddle, to me, looks really big! It measures at 16" but when I sit in it, there is a TON of room behind me. (And I fit in 16.5" saddles normally) It's also made of some sort of fabric (neoprene?) with one part that is synthetic leather, and it's cracking/peeling off. I've looked online for reviews, or just anything about it, but it apparently is very old and has been discontinued. I brought it to the barn one day, but it uses a different kind of girth so I couldn't use it. I finally have the right girth (from my aunt), but I am hesitant to use it. Does anyone know why it was discontinued? That seems concerning to me. Does it seem okay for me to use? I don't think the girth I have will even fit the 2 ponies I usually ride, and I'm thinking I will have trouble finding other sizes online. From what I have seen online, it is classified as AP/dressage, always together. My eventual goal is to jump and my barn focuses on hunter/jumper, so I think I would need a CC saddle, but maybe I can use this in the meantime.
I'm just really hesitant to use this but I feel obligated to since it was free and my mom is really pushing me to. I would be the only person at my barn to use a non-leather saddle, and I know I shouldn't care, but I honestly would feel sorta awkward.
Sorry this is just kind of a jumble of thoughts. If you had it, would you use it? Does it sound okay for me to use?
"No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle." -Winston Churchill
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