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post #1 of 15 Old 03-27-2008, 11:14 PM Thread Starter
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My Tack Choices...opinions anyone?

Okay, these are the things I think I might get. Yep, it's all Wintec. I have decided to try it b/c everyone thinks it's the best! I want opinions from all you people though, since none of my friends ride English:


BRIDLE: comes with reins

I'm not sure the difference between reg. leathers and webbers...Which one is better?





These are the things I've found so far. I haven't decided totally yet. I want everyone's opinions!

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-27-2008, 11:51 PM
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Wintecs are good saddles, although I have not had much experience with them (I usally ride in my saddle on all the horses I ride - pretty much). I'd go with the regular leathers, if I were you.
About the bit...are you sure your horse can go with a Hunter D, or are you just looking at random bits?
I think these options are so much better then the ones that you picked out before, good luck.
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post #3 of 15 Old 03-28-2008, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your opinion! I was thinking the regular leathers, but I didn't know what webbers were! My horse will go in that bit, I was looking for a hunter dee. I was thinking a racing dee at first, but there are not much to those bits, and he is ridden in a "western" snaffle right now. He was ridden in a hunter dee, so i'm pretty positive it will work.

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post #4 of 15 Old 03-28-2008, 02:25 AM
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Alright, you asked! Sorry if it's a little negative, but I hate synthetic tack! Here's my opinions:

SADDLE: It only comes in a medium tree. Is that what your horse needs? Also, it is "All Purpose." Meaning it won't be perfect for jumping and it won't be perfect for Dressage. It will be mediocre for both.

BRIDLE: Link states "reins sold separately." But you said it includes reins. Not sure if we got the right link. Either way, it's synthetic and the reins will be all stiff so the excess won't fall nicely at your horse's shoulder. Kind of like brand new leather reins are kind of stiff. Except these will always be like that.

LEATHERS: I think the only difference between Wintec's webbers and "stirrup straps" is how they buckle. Webbers have a different attachment thing that doesn't bulge under your thigh. I rode in a saddle one time with Wintec "Stirrup Straps" and they had a tendency to slide back and almost come off the stirrup bar.

GIRTH: Actually, a pretty good schooling girth. Stainless roller buckles and slight stretch.

STIRRUPS: Basic irons. They look decent enough.

BIT: A nice bit. Have you considered a double jointed bit such as Korsteel's French Link or Oval Mouth?

SADDLE PAD: You wouldn't be able to show in this pad if you ever wanted to. I actually bought a cinch by this brand and material and it is decent. Not as thick as I would have expected, but it is made in kind of a double-layered waffle design so air can circulate. The description says that the pad, "Increases your horse's endurance." ha-ha I don't know about that!!
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post #5 of 15 Old 03-28-2008, 04:12 AM
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The only lilnk I had the time to look at is the saddle. One good Wintec is the Close Contact pro 500. I'm pretty sure thats what its called. I find those blacks just look odd.
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post #6 of 15 Old 03-28-2008, 07:39 AM
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I got Wintec 500 a/p from same place. Pretty happy so far.

I'd be very careful about the pad. I found out my horse absolutely hates non-sleep ones, so I go with fleece.

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post #7 of 15 Old 03-28-2008, 10:00 AM
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I think they are pretty good choices. I'd recommend a french linked bit as they are much softer on the horses mouth, unless you are looking for that nutcracker action.

Wintec make good saddles. I have a 500 ap and an Isabel and I love them both. I have a few of those girths too, and they are nice for the horse. Ive never tried Wintecs bridles. Never even seen one in fact. Just be sure to look at one before you buy to make sure the material isnt stiff and wont rub.
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I have a two wintec saddles (GP and Dressage) and I love the GP one, (haven't ridden in the dressage one yet), I have a leather bridle so can't comment on the wintec one. I really wouldn't recommend the webbers, i've ridden in them before and they such a pain and very fiddly! I would also recommend proper leather stirrup leathers, synthetic are very stiff!! I have a french link full cheek and my horse loves it! There is no nutcracker action, so it is alot kinder. The girth looks nice and the stirrup irons look okay, although I prefer these:


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post #9 of 15 Old 03-28-2008, 01:24 PM
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I have these stirrups, I would recommend saftey stirrups for sure.

I agree with M2G in regards to the saddle.

The wintec girths are quite good, and if the synthetic stirrups leathers are what you'll be getting, I definitely NOT get the webbers, uncomfortable.
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About the saddle, I would much rather have a leather saddle, but I can't afford one. I'm going to look for a different saddle because my horse needs a wider tree. I heard that the Wintec reins are very nice. I've heard they are supple. I'll consider a french link bit, I've never used one. I would look at a saddle before I bought one, but I have to order from a catalog or the Internet b/c there's no English tack shop near here. I actually found a different, better pad but the link is on my computer at home. Also, I'm not going to show anytime soon, so a yellow saddle pad is okay for right now. If I do end up showing, I'll buy a white one. Okay. i'll post more links when I get home and can get the links that I already have.

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