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rosie9r 07-17-2009 10:52 PM

Wintec synthetic western saddles?
When I tried out my new horse, I rode in his previously owner's Wintec western saddle. I liked it allright...I usually ride English but since I was mainly going to use him for hacking around I thougt I might like a Western.

Does anyone else use the Wintec or the Wintec synthetic western saddle? It fit him really well, and the best prices I have found for one are online so I wont be buying totally blind :)

My only thing I didnt like was the one I tried out was all black, and by the end of the day my butt was soo hot! LOL. So I will for sure be getting a brown one lol.

Sunny06 07-17-2009 10:55 PM

I personally like half leather, half senthetic saddles. The senthetic ones, IMO, tend to be a little flimsy...Some people like them. They are very light, but hard to clean.

Tennessee 07-18-2009 01:03 AM

I think you would be safer going with Abetta. My personal experiences with Wintec weren't the greatest. Their English saddles ROCK, but their Western is lacking.

sillysally 07-18-2009 02:26 AM

The barn I used to work at used Wintecs for public trail riding horses. They seem to last a while, but are a pain to clean and the fabric in some spots tears pretty easily.

Jillyann 07-18-2009 10:42 AM

I actually just got a new saddle, at GREAT site!!

ABETTA Cordura Round Skirt Saddle with Cool-Grip Lined Skirt Trail and Pleasure Saddles Western

I absolutely LOVE it!!! SO comfy. I have been in it for a max of about 6 hours at one time, and my butt didnt hurt at all, nor did anywhere else.

This saddle is all black, but when your in it, it desnt get that hot. It is REALLY easy to clean, light weight, and was a great price.


rosie9r 07-18-2009 01:31 PM

I have ridden in an Abetta for about a year, but it kills my knees and ankles. Something with about how the stirrups attached to the tree. I'm totally against abetta now hehe. But thanks for the suggestion. :)

Scoutrider 07-18-2009 02:06 PM

My sister has a Wintec syntetic Western, and she loves it. It's pretty comfy, and she's never had trouble cleaning it. It's held up really well. She's had it for probably around 4 years, riding almost daily from March through October as the weather permits, and it looks good as new. It takes me a little getting used to when I ride in it, since her horse is about twice as wide as mine, lol. Nothing wrong with the saddle, just that my rear end resists conforming to a wider horse. A friend of mine has had the brown Wintec for who knows how long (garsh, at least 8 years, I guess), and it looks like new when it's clean. I have an Abetta that has held up really well for around 6 years (again, looks brand new) under a similar workload that I also find pretty comfy, but, second only to the fit of the saddle on the horse is the fit of the saddle on you.

Happy saddle hunting! :D

Oh, Wintec pretty recently came out with a cleaner for their saddle material. I might get some for my sis, I'm curious as to whether or not it works better than a wet sponge (which works doggone good!)

ilovemyPhillip 07-18-2009 02:08 PM

bleh i have a wintec, hate it... pony loves it i hate it lol.

kitten_Val 07-18-2009 03:56 PM

I say big NO to any Wintec western after my saddle broke after just 2 years of mild riding throwing me over my horse neck. It also fit my both horses pretty badly.

Personally I'd look into Abetta instead.

PaintHorseMares 07-18-2009 09:44 PM

We've had 2 Wintec All Rounders for years without any problems and they clean up looking almost new. I think they are comfortable and they fit our stocky Paint mares very well.

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