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post #1 of 11 Old 10-13-2010, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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Question Wintecs?

What do you guys think of wintecs? I need a saddle for Rosie and I would like to get a Wintec for a couple of reasons, but I also have a couple of questions. I know that most people don't like them because they are synthetic, that is exactly why they appealed to me though . With the amount of time a week that I actruallly get to spend with Rosie, I don't want to be spending that cleaning cleaning, oiling, and moisturizing tack. I don't mind bits and brushes but it would be alot easier if I didn't have to do that much upkeep on saddles and bridles. Also, being weather durable makes them a good choice. But are they durable? How long will they actually last?

My old trainer had a wintec and a no-name schooling saddle. I don't know if it was comparison or what but the wintec was very comphy!! Do they fit most horses as well? I would get one with the easy change gullet system so that should fit most horses, right? Do horses seem to perfer flocking or cair? Does the flocking actually need to be reflocked since it is synthetic?

I have been looking at a 500 AP or 500 CC, which one should I go with? I will be doing work on the flat and over fences(hopefully), riding aproximentely 2-3 times a week. Will they put me in a good position? Do the seats run large or small(I am not sure if I would be a 16.5 or a 17)?

What do you all think about the sturrup leathers and girths? How about bridles and martingales? Are they good quality and do the horses typically like them? I will probably get eigther the slimline stirrup straps or the wintec webbers, as well as the elastic girth. I will also include in my purchase a wintec bridles and possible a running martingale.

I found a new wintec 500 AP with flocking and slimeline sturrups, elastic girth, saddle cover, and entire gullet set(including gullet gauge) for $450 on ebay, is this a good deal?

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post #2 of 11 Old 10-13-2010, 03:58 AM
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I have a wintec 2000 & i love it

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post #3 of 11 Old 10-13-2010, 05:35 AM
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ugh i have a wintec and its the most uncomfortable saddle i have ever ridden in! I despise it :P hehe i locked it away in the dark dusty corner of the tack room colecting cobwebs. But i say that its still alive and going well!! I have had it for 8 yrs, so its durable alright!! ;/ Oh and for flat work they have tendency of putting you to far foward. Sadlles are very a personal preferance.

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post #4 of 11 Old 10-13-2010, 06:51 AM
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While I'm not fan of wintec (didn't fit me or my horse) from what I know english wintec is decent saddle for the price. Just be sure to buy in store where you can do the trial/return, in case it doesn't fit your horse.
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post #5 of 11 Old 10-13-2010, 02:57 PM
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Their bridles are great quality, but very stiff. That being said, mine has never rubbed my horse...
I have their elastic contoured girth on my horse who galled easily, and haven't had a gall since I started using it. It is a little hard to do up, but you get used to it.
Go with the slimline leathers, they are great. I've used mine HARD and they've never caused a problem, and still look pretty good.
I've heard that the seats run somewhat large.

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post #6 of 11 Old 10-13-2010, 03:37 PM
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Hi...Wintecs are extremely popular over here in England, I have owned one or two over the years, they are good value for money, lighter weight than the traditional leather, and for the most part quite comfortable..I have hunted all day long in a wintec and was no worse for wear at the end of the day or the next day for that matter...The best thing about the wintecs are the interchangeable gullet system which allows you to alter the shape as your horse changes...The new 2000 All purpose is a good choice..x

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post #7 of 11 Old 10-13-2010, 04:23 PM
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I had one of the cheaper dressage wintec saddles a few years ago. To be honest, I really didn't like it. I felt like I couldn't feel the horse through it, and it never broke in. HOWEVER, I've ridden in the dressage Isabell Werth saddle, and that one felt great! I know you aren't looking for a dressage saddle, but I imagine the jumping saddles are similar. Try to get one that's the higher end of Wintec, such as the Wintec Pro Jump (the one with the suede seat).

I'd get a close contact saddle instead of an all purpose if you're going to jump. You can always lengthen the stirrups for flatwork, but you can't add more flap in front when you're going to jump. As I once heard, "all-purpose is no-purpose"

I had a wintec girth, and I LOVED IT! It was soft and squishy, I never had to clean it, and it's still going strong after years of use!

Wintec Webbers (the flat stirrup leathers) are nice in the sense that there's less bulk under your leg, so there's more close contact with your horse. However, they can look frayed and hashed after a while. Plus, sometimes they cause a bruise on my shin. I'm not exactly sure how that happens, but I've heard that it happens to other people as well... I still like riding in them though!

I hope this review helped! When it comes right down to it though, you should always get what YOU and your HORSE like best. Good luck!
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post #8 of 11 Old 10-13-2010, 04:40 PM
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I obviously didnt read the OP post properly...(skim reading again!!:roll:)...I took it that she was doing flat work and some fences hence the AP...of course close contact with the knee rolls are better for jumping but i wouldnt want to be schooling to often in a jumping saddle simply based on the depth of seat ... A good GP or AP saddle doesnt necessarily mean no purpose its more of a middle of the road between the deep seat of a dressage saddle and the shallow seat of the close contact jump saddle...just my opinion...

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post #9 of 11 Old 10-13-2010, 05:08 PM
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I have two Wintec 500 AP's.

One is about 10 years old and is one of the comfiest saddles i've ever sat in. It has a super deep seat and is just like coming home when I sit in it.
It has quite a bendy tree so fits my Arab really well.

My other one is about 3 years old and isn't as comfy. It has a straighter tree so fits my OTHER Arab better. It feels more like i'm on the saddle instead of in it - But the ease of cleaning (Or NOT cleaning!) and fitting makes up for it.

The saddles are just super handy. I love them for that reason.

I also reccomend the wintec girths - With one pony prone to girth gall they are all I will use. I am saving for a Cair girth as they are meant to be fantastic, but the regular wintec anti-galls are great, especially the shaped ones. And you can hose them off :]

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post #10 of 11 Old 10-13-2010, 06:58 PM
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I still have my old wintec 100 from 16yrs ago lol

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