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post #11 of 17 Old 03-01-2012, 10:55 AM
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I personally think wintecs/synthetic saddles are tacky for the show ring [i do english, not western]. That probably makes me a snob. I have never liked any synthetic saddle I've ridden in. I think they are fine for pleasure riding if you are comfortable in one, but not for the show ring.

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Well then see what happens when one assumes?

Honestly, I don't understand the reasoning. If the saddle looks conventional, why would the material it is made of matter?

Very few sports pay so much attention to proper turnout and appearance than dressage. And I know of no instance where a judge looks at the material the tack is made of. If you show up in a conservative looking and clean english saddle and bridle, the judge will not care what it is made of.

And synthetic does not mean inexpensive. Pricing a Wintec Isabell dressage saddle will cure anyone of that misconception.
First, I did not say the judges would mark off or be looking at the tack, nor did I say it was cheap. I said, that as an example, the most acceptable and widely used reining saddles are not cheap. But, if you want to fit in, as in not stick out like a sore thumb, you need leather for MOST accredited shows, no matter what your discipline. Most disciplines have what they consider "proper", at least from the shows I have been to, from driving, to breed, etc.
The tack would only be taken into account, at least from my experience-in a fitting class. Generally speaking, the larger the show-the less acceptable fake is. Acceptable meaning to the MASSES. Not to the judges. Personally, I do not like to be the only one doing ANYTHING at a show. I much prefer to "fit in".

I also think, from the Wintecs I have seen, particularly the english ones-that most people could not tell the difference with a riders butt in the saddle and from a distance. WEstern is a different story.

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i personally think wintecs/synthetic saddles are tacky for the show ring [i do english, not western]. That probably makes me a snob. I have never liked any synthetic saddle I've ridden in. I think they are fine for pleasure riding if you are comfortable in one, but not for the show ring.
I don't do now, nor do I ever plan on doing, hunters. So tack snobs bother me not.

Dressage and eventing is what I do/will do, and tack there is not something judges pay attention to unless it is dirty/ill fitting/not conservative in appearance.

As to what my fellow competitors think? I don't care. They are not sitting in the judge's stand.
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Mildot, you aren't kidding about the Isabell Dressage saddle! I found one used in excellent condition for $300 and bought it fast!! Love my wintec.

I also have a leather dressage saddle from Berney Bros in Ireland that I special ordered. It is very nice. I am keeping it for shows only as I have a lot invested in it.

My western saddles are leather - a Billy Cook Barrel saddle and a no name trail saddle. Both are very nice and comfy too.
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i personally think wintecs/synthetic saddles are tacky for the show ring [i do english, not western]. That probably makes me a snob. I have never liked any synthetic saddle I've ridden in. I think they are fine for pleasure riding if you are comfortable in one, but not for the show ring.

My Tekna is far from tacky. It's one of the better looking synthetic saddles I've seen. Wintecs just look plasticky to me.
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its just my opinion that they look tacky, I know lots of people love synthetic saddles. I don mostly eventing and I think it looks tacky for that too. I also think they are VERY uncomfortable for jumping, again just personal opinion.

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I know, I just think they are definite improvement on Wintecs. Mine pretty good for jumping in as well. If no one can tell the difference, then who cares?


That's what mine looks like, only in person it's darker.
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