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post #1 of 27 Old 01-19-2020, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Would anybody smack me with a broomstick if I said I found a wintec saddle that fit my mare nicely, and was looking to purchase it? I know many people dislike the banana shaped panels, but she's an odd shaped arab and they accommodate her rather nicely. It's the Isabella dressage model(something like that). I was looking at thorowgood saddles as well but I personally don't find them particularly comfortable. Should I be afraid of the wintec? Or should I go for it if it fits my mare? The only reason I'm looking into "cheaper" saddles is because I'm a highschooler in my sophomore year and I'm responsible for covering the cost of a new saddle with the little money I make working at the barn.(plus my hand me down Stubben is done for). Thanks for any advice! 🙂
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post #2 of 27 Old 01-19-2020, 11:57 PM
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My Wintec Dressage Pro is 18 years old and going strong. I feel it's been very good value.
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post #3 of 27 Old 01-20-2020, 08:17 AM
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If the saddle fits the horse, and you are comfortable in it...go for it.

I admit to using for my saddles, leather...
I guess that makes me a saddle snob...
I am not a fan of synthetics, period.
I grew up and was trained/taught when synthetic did not exist! {neither did plastic milk/water bottles either }
I have ridden in a few different synthetic saddles, some better and more comfortable for me and the horse too. They were OK, but not my choice..

Today you can spend quite a bit of money for a synthetic...with several brands to choose from.
As long as the tree is sound and fits the animals back correctly, what is seen you sit on, does it really matter?
If your budget allows synthetic then do synthetic.
Today I see synthetic in show rings often too...no not in the more advanced divisions but in beginner and basics, sure.
There is a difference in "feel" I found leather to synthetic, but you learn to compensate and adjust to what you ride.

Don't be so concerned with what others think, say or comment on.
Do what is right for you, for your horse and what you can afford to do from your earnings not mom & dad pocket-booking the purchase.
That in itself is darn special!!
You earned it, you chose it and it is what you like...then go for it!!

Now smile....
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post #4 of 27 Old 01-20-2020, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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If the saddle fits the horse, and you are comfortable in it...go for it.

I admit to using for my saddles, leather...
I guess that makes me a saddle snob...<img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/icon_neutral.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Neutral" class="inlineimg" />
I am not a fan of synthetics, period.
I grew up and was trained/taught when synthetic did not exist! {neither did plastic milk/water bottles either <img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/icon_eek.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Shocked" class="inlineimg" />}
I have ridden in a few different synthetic saddles, some better and more comfortable for me and the horse too. They were OK, but not my choice..

Today you can spend quite a bit of money for a synthetic...with several brands to choose from.
As long as the tree is sound and fits the animals back correctly, what is seen you sit on, does it really matter?
If your budget allows synthetic then do synthetic.
Today I see synthetic in show rings often too...no not in the more advanced divisions but in beginner and basics, sure.
There is a difference in "feel" I found leather to synthetic, but you learn to compensate and adjust to what you ride.

Don't be so concerned with what others think, say or comment on.
Do what is right for you, for your horse and what you can afford to do from your earnings not mom & dad pocket-booking the purchase.
That in itself is darn special!!
You earned it, you chose it and it is what you like...then go for it!! <img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/icon_cool.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Cool" class="inlineimg" />

Now smile....<img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
<img style="max-width:100%;" src="https://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/runninghorse2.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Runninghorse2" class="inlineimg" />....
I don't think your preference for leather makes you a saddle snob, I would take quality leather over synthetic any day if my budget would allow it. Maybe if I found a really nice synthetic I could fool some people into thinking it's leather, from a distance anyway. ^_^
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post #5 of 27 Old 01-20-2020, 09:27 AM
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I love Wintec saddles, they fit all my Arabs and I found them very comfy. My favorite was the stock saddle, but sold it because I wanted to start showing.
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post #6 of 27 Old 01-20-2020, 10:15 AM
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My sister just got one... her first saddle was a Wintec and lasted for 20 odd years; it was always her goal to get a high quality leather saddle. With her new horse (horse # 4) she found a beautiful brown Neidersuss, saddle of her dreams, had it reflocked and fitted to her mare.

She loved it.

But once she started riding and her mare gained muscle and topline, bye bye Neidersuss. Hello Wintec #2.

She just got her second Wintec, a "Pro" I believe, and she absolutely loves it. I expect she will have it another 20 years...
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post #7 of 27 Old 01-20-2020, 10:24 AM
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I had a Wintec dressage saddle for my boy and it was quite comfortable for both of us. Go for it!
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post #8 of 27 Old 01-20-2020, 11:43 AM
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Nothing wrong with a saddle that fits the horse and you find it comfortable.

I prefer Wintec because:

a) I don't have access to saddle fitters or tack shops - I can fit (and refit) a Wintec saddle myself (to a large extent)
b) They are much lighter than leather saddles
c) Easy to clean

I personally feel no difference between synthetic and leather, other than synthetic being more comfortable.

As far as durability goes, I wish I rode that much to wear out any saddle.
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post #9 of 27 Old 01-20-2020, 04:11 PM
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I ride my Arab in a Wintec Dressage saddle and it fits him great.
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post #10 of 27 Old 01-20-2020, 04:33 PM
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My child was given a used Wintec dressage. I ride it more than he does but we both really like it. I'd ridden in a Wintec in college too and found it fit well and was comfortable.

Some horse people change their horse, they change their tack and discipline, they change their instructor; they never change themselves.
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