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post #21 of 32 Old 11-24-2008, 09:17 PM
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Nicole S... I think your opinion is based on incorrect facts.

- Wintecs aren't cheap... I paid $850(NZD) for my 500 Dressage brand new... without mounts.
- I'll be forking out $1885(NZD) for my next saddle - which is also a wintec... the Isabell Werth Dressage saddle (by far the best saddle I have EVER ridden in... helps you into a PROPER position)
- They are durable, and have a lifetime warranty on their tree. I've had my 500 Dressage for about ermm 4yrs now... apart from obvious wear (from where the stirrup leathers rub), a small nick in the cantle, and a couple of TINY tears in the girth straps (which I'll be getting fixed), this saddle has held up to the job and still is in great condition to show in... infact both me and my mate show in our 500s and my friend has won turnout several times in this saddle - and it's a little worse off than mine! She's now got the Isabell so shes been getting nice remarks these days too.
- They are incredibly comfortable... used to ride in a few well conditioned leather saddles - will never go back to one. My saddle has had a good knock as well cos my old mare and I went crashing to the ground in slippery conditions at a show grounds once (wasn't the only one to go flying!) and the tree, as well as the exterior are perfectly fine.
- They fit most horse shapes and sizes... I can put that saddle on all three of my horses, in fact I do, they're all ridden in it... they've not had any back problems, the saddle fits each of them very well, and it's only 15mins to change the gullet plate if that! I however ride my horses all in the same gullet size (both my girls are a wide and I can put an extra saddle blanket on underneath for my gelding who's a med-wide) and it's so easy, as I'm a uni student and dont have the time to muck about... three horses to work and I get the job done quickly!
- They are easy to maintain, a bucket of soapy water and a cloth is all it takes... and it's about 10mins to clean it thoroughly (which I do cos I'm a bit of a perfectionist) haha.

I thoroughly reconmend these saddles to anyone... Jackson - congrats on your new saddle - ya gonna love it!


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post #22 of 32 Old 11-24-2008, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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wowzers! thats the kinda stuff i have been looking for! this just makes the decision so much easier!!! i haven't bought it yet ohmyitschelle, probably i will buy it inJanuary, when i get holiday money, so its like a christmas present to me, and Jackson. cuz we borrow saddles right now, poor guy, we have to have like 3 saddle pads!
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post #23 of 32 Old 11-24-2008, 10:11 PM
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Also, it's worth having a look on Ebay or equivalent. I just bought a wintec 500 ap off ebay, in new condition, with a girth and saddle pad for $300. You don't have many worries buying a wintec second hand, as they are tough as anything... I ride mounted games which is very hard on gear, had a few collisions, horse has fallen over and the saddle is still fine. So I second you, ohmyitschelle. Thumbs up for wintecs!
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post #24 of 32 Old 11-24-2008, 10:31 PM
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wowzers! thats the kinda stuff i have been looking for! this just makes the decision so much easier!!! i haven't bought it yet ohmyitschelle, probably i will buy it inJanuary, when i get holiday money, so its like a christmas present to me, and Jackson. cuz we borrow saddles right now, poor guy, we have to have like 3 saddle pads!
Aww! Well I'm glad I could help... I love these saddles, and know a lot of people who do as well. When I was in the market for a new saddle I was gonna get a cheapie for about $300... but it truly didnt fit my horse at the time... and she was a rotund big SB mare... so I was able to get a saddle on hire purchase (I'm not sure what you call it over there... where you pay it off, but you take it home before you start paying... credit?) and it has fitted my whale of a pony who is incredibly flat backed, my high withered gelding, my rotund extra wide gullet needing mare and my new straight backed mare! So all in all it's an amazing saddle!
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post #25 of 32 Old 11-25-2008, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
 
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in america, we call it like a trial period, you take the saddle home, make sure it fits ect. and pay the seller after 7 days or so. or give it back if it doesn't fit. later on i might buy Jackson a english bridle as well, the one he has actual fits but, its brown. and off course yo want the tack to color coordinate! lol. gotta get ready for the spring shows! lol
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post #26 of 32 Old 11-25-2008, 03:35 PM
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wow talk about getting attacked for putting in my 2 cents...im a western rider...i did some english in 4H but thats it...to me a $850 saddle is cheap...when i buy saddles i buy custom. i get them built to me and my horse so they are perfect. i think the cheapest custom i have got was about $2600. From what i have seen of the western wintec saddles...there discusting! just my opinion...take it or leave it...
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post #27 of 32 Old 11-25-2008, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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if i attackedd you Nicole, i am sorry, i should have specified that i ride englsh earlier. and yes, i agree, the western wintecs ARE bad, because my barrel racing friend had one for pleasure, it fell apart after a few uses on the trail.
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post #28 of 32 Old 11-25-2008, 03:53 PM
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No no not you...but its all good...i got big shoulders...lol
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post #29 of 32 Old 11-25-2008, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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so what do you guys recommend, CAIR or no CAIR?
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post #30 of 32 Old 11-25-2008, 06:10 PM
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Personally I would go with no cair... All of mine have flocking. The problem with cair is if you damage the panels I've heard it is quite a bit harder to fix, whereas with flocking unless you rip it open, you can't really damage it.
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