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post #1 of 16 Old 01-17-2012, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Any ever use Wintec Saddles?

I have an older TB mare that my daughter rides a couple times a week on short trail rides. My daughter is not comfortable in an english saddle and wants to ride western. I can't afford a new saddle right now and was thinking of maybe just getting a Wintec b/c it's affordable and light. Anyone ever use these? Are they good, bad or does anyone have advice on something that may be better for a high wither?
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-17-2012, 09:45 AM
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My husband and I had TWH almost 10 years ago now (man,the time flies!) and rode in Wintec western saddles. We both loved ours and the horses moved out well in them. Even after long, hot trail rides there were never any rub marks or sore spots. I liked how light weight and easy to care for they were. The only things we both noticed was the seat seemed to run small. We each could have gone up a size without any problems.
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I bought my Wintec Western All-Rounder a few years ago, and it is my absolute favorite Western saddle. I found it cheap for around $240, and it has held up spectacularly. It's very comfortable on trail, and I even show my gaited horse in it at the county fair (Grand Champions last year! ). I definitely reccommend this saddle. I don't think the seat ran too small; I have a 15" and it's just a tad too small (I normally ride in a 15.5").

I've used it on Paso Finos, Thoroughbreds, and Quarter horses with no fitting problems.

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Thanks for the responses! Saddle shopping has been very frustrating and it's helpful to have additional input.
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I'd look into Abetta personally. My wintec broke on my after just 2 years of use causing accident. My friend's wintec fell apart when he was on trail (so he had to walk 2 miles back to the house).

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My husband and I had TWH almost 10 years ago now (man,the time flies!) and rode in Wintec western saddles. We both loved ours and the horses moved out well in them. Even after long, hot trail rides there were never any rub marks or sore spots. I liked how light weight and easy to care for they were. The only things we both noticed was the seat seemed to run small. We each could have gone up a size without any problems.


I agree about going up a seat size. Felt the same way with my wintec western. I've had it for over 10 years and it is still in terrific shape (husband is using it now) and has never caused any issues with either horse in fit.

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My sister has had a Wintec western for several years. It's been used and abused, and is still in great shape. Cleans up to showroom new in a few minutes with a garden hose and a bit of shampoo. One of the 4-H families has the same saddle, a little older. Their oldest son passed it down to his younger sister, and the younger brother is probably going to inherit it in a couple of years. They have that saddle on everything from Morgans to stock breeds (Appies, Paints, and QH's). Not the world's best fit on the Morgans, but I've seen a lot worse. I have a Wintec dressage saddle, and in terms of rider comfort and durability I'd recommend one of those to anyone.

Abetta's are great saddles, too... I've had one of their round-skirt cordura saddles for about 8 years now. My only complaint is that the inside of the fenders is wearing where the material rubs on the cinch buckles... I may cry when they wear all the way through... gonna put some ducktape on the worn patches before I ride it too much farther and try to extend its life...

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love my wintec western saddles... i have two that i bought just for s *** n giggles and they have held up for the last 5 years with kids horses and adults abusing the junks out of them and there still going... and my horses actually prefer them over alot of the expensive leather ones bc of the weight difference :)
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A TB often has high withers and you will need to find a saddle that doesn't sit down on the bone. Big Horn hybrids (leather/cordura) come in all tree sizes, semi, qh and full/wide. The ones with the barrel front offer the most room it that is what is needed.
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A TB often has high withers and you will need to find a saddle that doesn't sit down on the bone. Big Horn hybrids (leather/cordura) come in all tree sizes, semi, qh and full/wide. The ones with the barrel front offer the most room it that is what is needed.
Thanks! I'll check those out, too
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