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?