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post #1 of 42 Old 08-23-2009, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Question New saddle?

I bought my first saddle 10 months ago, when I got my first horse. Since it was my first, I went with cheap because, well, I wasn't 100% sure what I'd be doing with it eventually, since my horse was green broke and so was I! Here is my current saddle, a Wintec 250.
http://www.statelinetack.com/item/wi...ack/SLT700923/

It's a nice enough saddle, but there are certain things I don't like about it...for example...

1. It's synthetic which I don't mind in the ones that feel like real leather, but it's the "cloth" material which of course picks up all hair and dirt so I'm forever wiping it down!

2. It's a little hard, so not all too comfortable.

Overall it's not a bad little saddle! But I just think that now that I know what I'll be using it for (jumping, since I have a separate dressage saddle now), I want to get something that's not necessarily leather but at least FEELS like leather and not cloth.

Any tips on a nice saddle to get that is not going to break the bank? I'm thinking somewhere in the price range of $300-600 for my budget. I found this one and it looks nice, but any feedback on it?

Kincade Redi-Ride Synthetic AP Saddle Package - Statelinetack.com

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post #2 of 42 Old 08-23-2009, 09:28 AM
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I wouldn't recommend the Kincade. Their saddles are VERY slippery in the seat, and not the bets quality. They are ok for light riding, but I wouldn't go over a jump in them.

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post #3 of 42 Old 08-23-2009, 09:46 AM
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There is nothing wrong with Wintecs but not allot of horses fit Wintecs actually. I have the A/P/Event Saddle that I want to get rid of because it is too "strait" in the panels, where I need a saddle that arcs in the panels.

The Wintec CC is a nice model - and both models I just discussed do not have the suede seats.

If you want to go to leather - go onto www.tacktrader.com and go through their CC section of saddles for sale - and look more towards a good quallity used saddle.

Your price range is within my price range, and I hate saddle shopping to be honest - but I'm on there all the time looking for saddles for Nelson.

You can also contact a Saddle Maker/Fitter in your area and have them assist you with this difficult and frustrating process.

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post #4 of 42 Old 08-23-2009, 10:40 AM
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Don't go with Kinkade. Not a good saddle. Do you have any consignment shops around you? You could check out the used saddles and in your price range it'll be much better option. Often the consignment stores let you try the saddle before you pay too to see how it fits the horse (at least it's true in my area).



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post #5 of 42 Old 08-23-2009, 01:13 PM
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I would not go with Kinkade! They are cheap, and the saddle will fall apart before it gets to your house!

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post #6 of 42 Old 08-23-2009, 04:23 PM
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I have this Wintec CC
Wintec | Showjumping, Cross Country & Hunter/Jumper Saddles

It doesn't have suede, just the equileather all over (plastic to look like leather) and it is rather "sticky" especially with leather boots/chaps. I really love it and have found it to fit 3 ponies really well so far without anything but a saddle pad and then I like to use a sheepskin, and that is with the gullet it came with.

My sister has the wintec pro jump
Wintec | Showjumping, Cross Country & Hunter/Jumper Saddles

This has equisude and HUGE knees rolls. She raves about it but I much prefer the CC. This saddle tends to push me forward.

Also I am about 2 inches taller and have much longer ankle to knees than my sister so maybe that affects our seats in each others saddle too.
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post #7 of 42 Old 08-23-2009, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I guess what they say is true...if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

I really like Wintec, my dressage saddle is Wintec, so perhaps I will take a look around for the Wintec CC saddle. It's hard to find black saddles in general in my area, it's weird...all the consignment shops carry all KINDS of shades of brown, never black!

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post #8 of 42 Old 08-24-2009, 01:15 AM
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Kincades are [email protected], stay AWAY! lol If you want synthetic, you'll need to stick with Wintec (the 500 and CC is "leather like"). Thorowgood has a new G6 line that is "leather like" and a quality saddle.

If you want leather, go with a good used saddle. You'll get a lot more saddle for your money and it will have a better resale value. If you are unsure of fitting, go through a local shop or online shop that does consignment and can help you pick out a saddle that best suits you and your horse. Most shops will have a trial and exchange policy, so you won't get stuck with a saddle that doesn't work for you or your horse.
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post #9 of 42 Old 08-24-2009, 01:33 AM
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I have to disagree with the Kincades are crap comments. I own one and its been, rained on, rolled in ect and is still perfectly rideable. It's comfy, and I really could ride in it all day. If you want to do competitions though I would get a Wintec.

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post #10 of 42 Old 08-24-2009, 08:48 AM
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I'm glad you have been lucky, but not everyone ends up with a decent saddle when they buy a Kincade. They are mass-produced in China on fiberglass trees. The leather is painted-on and color rubs off very easily and it gets nicks/rubs easily. Their resale value is non-existent. You might be able to sell it for 10% of what you originally paid, if it's in decent condition.

If it's been rolled over on (all the way over), then you need to have it checked by a saddle repair person to make sure the tree is still sound. If a horse just layed on it on its side, then the tree is not likely cracked.

As a general rule, Asian made saddles should be avoided. For the cost of a new leather one, you can usually buy a quality saddle used.
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