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rocky pony 02-18-2010 05:26 PM

Wintec Pro or Wintec Isabell?
I'm looking to buy a used Wintec dressage saddle. Not really looking at others for personal reasons.
I have my eye on a few saddles and came across a great deal on an Isabell, which I had thought to be out of my price range so I hadn't even considered it. But now that there's one here I wonder...

I would think that the Isabell would be better obviously because it costs more and also because the seat looks much deeper, but I had also read some reviews where people had said they much preferred the Pro. So what do you think? Has anyone had experiences with both? Or anything?



Thank you so much for your time :D

Speed Racer 02-18-2010 05:38 PM

I've sat in both.

I much prefer the Pro over the Isabell. Yes, the Isabell has a deeper seat, but I felt 'stuck' in it, whereas in the Pro I had more maneuverability.

I don't like a saddle where I feel as if I can't move in it.

It all depends on what you want. If you want to feel snug and secure, the Isabell is the one for you.

Kayty 02-18-2010 05:47 PM

I absolutely hate the isabell. My hips ached after I rode in it, it locked me into a revolting position and I had to continually force my legs back under myself where as they usually just hang where they're meant to, I also had a hell of a time staying upright in it. Have never had any of these issues with other saddles Iv'e ridden in.

However lots of peopel do liek the isabells, so id recommend that you go out and ride in both of them. You shouldn't buy a saddle without trying it just because of the brand or because it's an expensive saddle.

eventerdrew 02-18-2010 05:51 PM

I personally like the Isabell a lot! I know some people don't like them, but each saddle fits everyone differently. Give both of 'em a shot!

rocky pony 02-18-2010 06:07 PM

Yeah, that's definitely what I was reading a lot, that the Isabell tends to kind of lock you in place. I want to feel secure but definitely not trapped.
I forgot about the idea of trying them both out, I'll definitely look into that. The Isabell is pretty close to me so I could probably talk to the seller about a trial, and I know of a nice lady at my barn with a Pro..

Thanks so much everyone =)

eventerdrew 02-18-2010 06:10 PM

is there a tack shop close to you that does a trial period? that might be ideal...

eventerwannabe 02-18-2010 06:33 PM

If you want a deap seat that will keep you somewhat "locked" in place, go for the Isabell. If you want to feel like you can learn your own position (dont know how to word it), for the the Pro. I would say go for a used leather saddle with a deap seat if you can afford it. =]

Carleen 02-18-2010 06:52 PM

I have the Isabell and I love it, it's one of the comfiest saddles I've ridden in. If you found on for a good price, I'd say go for it!

Kayty 02-18-2010 07:16 PM

It's all about feeling comfortable in the saddle. Everyone is built differently, so you can't say 'yes buy it it's great' or 'no don't buy it it's horrible' because each and every one of us is built differently. A saddle that I love, someone may hate, and a saddle that I hate, someone may love. Typical scenario with the Isabell.
It all depends on how you are built. Personally I would hate to be locked into place every ride. You will not learn how to hold an independant seat, and when you need to move around on a green horse to exaggerate certain aids, it makes it might hard when you are 'stuck' in the saddle.

So definately have a ride or two in both saddles on YOUR horse (I like some saddles one one horse, but hate the same saddle on the next horse! - it depends on how the horse moves and is built).

churumbeque 02-18-2010 07:24 PM

I think the Isabell has the adjustable gullet and the pro does not.

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