Originally Posted by skittle1120
WOW!!! I never dreamed a "cheap" wintec or abetta would ever cost that much, but I guess I didn't figure in import costs for you guys in New Zealand...
I'm glad your friend has a good one... I've never had one myself, but my cousin has trashed a couple already and she barely rides unless I'm going with her...
I Know! Here in NZ Wintec is actually one of the top of the line brands, the creme de la creme of saddles! People say " I wish I could afford a Wintec!" The other big name over here is Bates, which is the same company but the leather versions.
When I was saddle shopping it turned out to be cheaper to buy direct from the States. Had I chosen to go with Wintec it would have been far cheaper to buy from America and pay the duty, than it would be to purchase the same saddle here. As it was I bought Abetta mainly because they offered a draft gullet, something I have never seen or heard of here at home. I don't know how many saddle makers in the States offer wide gullets for draft horses, I imagine there would be quite a few. I was quite shocked because one saddle maker here was really blase about saddle fit and reckoned that a full QH tree should fit my horse. I wasn't prepared to pay $8500 on "should fit"! And saddle makers here wonder why business is so bad!!