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post #1 of 6 Old 06-07-2009, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Dressage saddle?

Wintec dressage saddle with CAIR and the changeable gullet system?

A girl at my barn is selling hers, I've ridden it and it's rather comfortable.

What do you think? Is it a good saddle or not? My other option is the all-around saddle, same brand and gullet system new from the tack store.

My english saddle is too small for me, and VERY uncomfortable. I'd really like to get into doing a bit of (NON COMPETITIVE) dressage. I think it would be really good for rounding out Java's training.

He wears QH or full QH bars in a western saddle, depending on the actual saddle.

If you don't recommend that type, what would you recommend? I am looking at spending no more than $400 and do not care if it is leather or synthetic.

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post #2 of 6 Old 06-07-2009, 07:26 PM
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With an AP saddles, you can show Dressage up to First Level no problems, and you still have the ability to jump and do other things. With a Dressage saddle, you're stuck with long stirrups and a deep seat, so no jumping.

I would ride in both and see which you like better!

Wintecs are good saddles for the price.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-07-2009, 07:50 PM
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The wintec dressage is a good saddle.

The most important thing though is to make sure the saddle fits your horse . You could spend $4000 on a saddle and if it dosen't fit you will achieve nothing more than damage to your horses back.
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With an AP saddles, you can show Dressage up to First Level no problems, and you still have the ability to jump and do other things. With a Dressage saddle, you're stuck with long stirrups and a deep seat, so no jumping.

I would ride in both and see which you like better!

Wintecs are good saddles for the price.

I haven't tested out the all purpose saddle on a horse, but it was rather comfy. I'm really torn.

I see what you mean about the AP. But we currently jump in a western saddle when we 'jump'. Only about two feet. Ahhh, so torn.

If I get an AP saddle though, I could show in the hunter jumper classes at my barn. Hmm.

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The wintec dressage is a good saddle.

The most important thing though is to make sure the saddle fits your horse . You could spend $4000 on a saddle and if it dosen't fit you will achieve nothing more than damage to your horses back.

Yes, that's why I was asking about the changeable gullet and CAIR systems. He's a pretty easy horse to fit, but I haven't had to purchase a new saddle for about six years.

I must add - either saddle I have about a week to make sure it's working well.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-07-2009, 07:59 PM
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If you are wanting to do any jumping at all I would get the AP, it is an AMAZING saddle! And they last for a long time too!

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