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post #11 of 42 Old 08-24-2009, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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The Wintec CC is a nice model - and both models I just discussed do not have the suede seats.
So I decided that's the one I want to get, BUT I have looked EVERYWHERE online and it seems that they only make the black Wintec CC saddle in one size, 17.5, at least that's the only one I can find in black -- and I need a 16.5 Do you know if they even run that saddle in black in size 16.5??

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post #12 of 42 Old 08-25-2009, 12:38 AM
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So I decided that's the one I want to get, BUT I have looked EVERYWHERE online and it seems that they only make the black Wintec CC saddle in one size, 17.5, at least that's the only one I can find in black -- and I need a 16.5 Do you know if they even run that saddle in black in size 16.5??
Any store that carries Wintec saddles can special order you one.

BUT, why are you wanting Black? It will be very hard to sell should you decide to eventually and not acceptable unless you're doing Jumpers or Eventing.
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post #13 of 42 Old 08-25-2009, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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BUT, why are you wanting Black? It will be very hard to sell should you decide to eventually and not acceptable unless you're doing Jumpers or Eventing.
Thanks for the tip about special ordering!

ALL of Sandie's tack is black, and I like the look of black better on her anyway (black looks much better on her buckskin coloring than brown IMO). I don't really want to buy a new bridle, new reins, new stirrup leathers, new girth, etc esp when I do event and I don't do hunters or anything...I'd probably do jumpers before I would want to do hunters (nothing against hunters at ALL, just not my personal thing).

You make a very good point and thanks for bringing it up, but I'm going to stick to black since all her other stuff is black already and I like the color better

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If you are at a good barn, then try a few other people's saddles on your horse. Some horses are fairly easy to fit if you have the right pads. For example, my 16.2 OTTB inherited his jumping saddle from my 14.3 Arab. Fits fine. If your horse is, indeed, fairly easy to fit, try ebay. I just picked up a lovely Stubben dressage saddle for an insanely good price. Lots of foilks are selling tack in this economy. Better to get a very good used saddle than a fair new saddle. IMHO, of course.
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post #15 of 42 Old 08-26-2009, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Molly that's exactly what my trainer suggested when I talked to her about it today. She told me to get a jumping saddle, not CC and she let me try her Stubben Roxane (which I loved of course!!)

I will prob have to stray from all of my black tack though, since it's almost impossible to find a black jumping saddle, esp used for a deal!! Oh well, I guess cheaper to buy new girth and bridle than to end up with a black saddle that's a cheapie that I don't like anyway! I guess the saddle IS the most important part! Plus then if I ever DO switch from eventing and want to try hunters or something I won't be out of luck. I just want DARK brown at least lol I'm so strange, I don't know why color matters to me, my trainer was making fun of me today for it hahaha!

I'm going to visit some tack shops that have saddles on consignment and see what I can find this weekend...so excited!

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Since I am going tack hunting this weekend in the consignment shops...I know Stubben and Beval are good brands...but not sure about others since I've only ever owned Wintec (the cheap one!)

What are some other good quality brand name saddles I should be on the lookout for during my hunt??

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post #17 of 42 Old 08-26-2009, 11:27 PM
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Good Brands -

Look for the Marcell Toulousse. Excellant Saddles. You can search on TackTrader.com for them as well, I've seen them sell used at great prices.

Or if you want to save up a few more dollars, get one brand new here:

Equestrian Riding Accessories English Tack Riding Apparel Saddles Bridles

Scroll down until you see the Premia. You can get that one in Black, and in your size. I've ridden in that Saddle. Nelson's previous owner had that saddle when she rode him - and woah. That's all I have to say...woah. Just like Joey from the telly show "Blossom" says it - Woah.

I was going to get a Wintec CC from Adams Saddlery, the black in a 17.5" - but I decided I am going to save up a bit more and get that M.T.

The Collegiate Convertable is another way to go. Bates is also an excellant saddle, but very pricey - and pricey even at used $$.

I'll be honest - I don't know if the Wintec CC will work for you if Sandie is flat backed and strait. The CC arcs like a banana does - so it might not accomodate her back. Just to be sure, please make sure you get a saddle maker/fitter come out and help you out - regardless of what brand you decide to go with.

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post #18 of 42 Old 08-27-2009, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks MIEventer!! I'm not going the Wintec route...my trainer told me not to even go the CC route, she told me to get a Jumping saddle instead. She told me to look for a Stubben Sigfried...I'm just curious what other jumping saddles are out there with a good quality brand.

I'm getting SO excited to saddle shop this weekend!

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Ok HITS -

Jumping saddles are CC. CC saddles have more forward knee flaps, flatter seats and the stirrup bars are more forward to encourage a more secure leg at the girth. The bigger the fences, the shorter your leathers go - which means the more forward your knee's have to go, so the CC is designed to accomodate that as well, with the more forward knee flaps.

Your Coach, is talking about All Purpose Saddles - which Eventing Saddles are secretly disquised as. And Eventing Saddle, are All Purpose Saddles - which you already have.

A Close Contact Saddle, is a Jumping Saddle that you see in the Hunter Ring, in the Jumper Ring and yes - even out on the Eventing Fields.

A Stubben Sigfreide is an All Purpose saddle. An All Purpose Saddle, has a deeper seat, more straiter of a knee flap and the stirrup bars are placed further back in the saddle - so that the rider can do Dressage and Jumping.

It all depends on what you want, what works for you and what is comfortable.

If you are going to stick with an All Purpose - then don't buy a new saddle, because you already have one. OR you can go with the Wintec 500 A/P-Event Saddle that is a new, step up model from the 200 that you have.

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post #20 of 42 Old 08-27-2009, 06:31 PM
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the Stubben Sigfried is awful! I've ridden in one and one of my friends had one and Buck told her to get a new one. She got the same one as me, the Courbette Vision. I got mine used and it's great!

I do all 3 phases in my close contact. I have a dressage saddle but all of my horses HATE it (well, except Ginisee, but she's not being ridden. She's retired) while I love it. Sad :(

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