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The Wintec Pro is a beautiful saddle with CAIR panels, changeable gullet, and made of a sueded synthetic for extra grip. It is very well made and smartly designed. This saddle is in really good condition, with just a few minor signs of wear. There are a couple of marks on the seat and on the right side near where the stirrup leather attaches (all are visible in the pictures). This saddle is incredibly easy to clean with a sponge and water, and the leather has been conditioned, so it will arrive ready for you to hit the arena! It has the medium gullet installed, and comes with medium-wide and extra-wide gullets as well. Also included will be some extra screws for if you need to change out the gullet (which looks daunting but is incredibly easy), instructions for changing the gullet and a warranty card. I bought it used from someone who told me it had spent most of its life in the tack room. I had it in my car when I went to the local tack store for a wider gullet and the shop owner seemed to think it was in great condition. I've used it maybe 15 times and am sad to part ways with it. Comes with stirrup leathers and irons, but you will have to supply the girth. $550 + shipping, local meet up preferred. We can meet in the Portland Metro area or at my barn in Gresham/Damascus.

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Good luck. I'm trying to sell mine for over a year on the east coast, it's the exact same thing. EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE and low maintenance. Can't understand why it's not selling.
 

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Good luck. I'm trying to sell mine for over a year on the east coast, it's the exact same thing. EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE and low maintenance. Can't understand why it's not selling.
Because good used leather saddles are selling for $500.00 or less. I bought a 17.5" Stubben Siegfried for $450.00 last summer, with shipping included.

If I'm going to pay over $500.00 for something, you can bet I'll take a well made used leather saddle over a used synthetic one.

It needs to be priced according to the market, not what you believe it's worth. At $550.00 plus the cost of shipping, that Wintec isn't a bargain.
 

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Speed Racer: Sorry, but you must not have done much research when you bought your saddle. Whether or not it is made of leather is irrelevant with regards to the price. You can get a brand-spanking new leather saddle package for $200: Silver Fox Dressage Saddle - Statelinetack.com

See? It's a piece of crap though.

The Wintec Pro brand new is $830 for the saddle only - no leathers, no irons, no girth: Wintec Pro Dressage Contourbloc Sdl CAIR - Statelinetack.com Add on the necessary accessories and you are looking at around $1000 for a complete package, new. $500 for a used package in great condition starts to look like a really good deal for the quality you are buying.

This saddle is *not* a piece of crap. It is a well-made, well-designed saddle that will last a very long time.

Oh look at this, the next model up is the Isabel, and is priced at $1304: Wintec Isabell Dressage Saddle FLOCK - Statelinetack.com

$1304 for a synthetic saddle. Hundreds of thousands of people have purchased Wintec saddles because they are well made, high quality saddles of excellent value for the price. The owner of our local fancy-schmancy dressage shop swears by her Wintec Pro.

Synthetic saddles are appealing for a number of reasons: easy to clean, easy to care for, and nobody died for their hide so it is perfect for vegetarians and vegans alike. I must say that the ease of caring for this saddle has spoiled me and I am not planning on ever buying a leather saddle again. Why would I want to sit on slippery leather that is a total pain in the rear to clean and condition, when I can ride in a synthetic saddle that is made of grippy suede and just takes a moment to wipe the dust off?

I am pretty sure that these saddles aren't selling because saddles in general aren't selling quickly due to the economy. Besides, I'm primarily trying to sell to someone local as I don't want to deal with shipping. I made that pretty clear in the ad. Anyway, thanks for reminding me that I posted it up here as I've dropped the price by $25 as of last week. Also, there were two other saddle packages of this exact size and model posted in my area on craigslist. The one listed for $500 seems to have sold as it is no longer listed, so this saddle package, which includes 2 extra gullets, leathers, and irons seems to be priced in the correct range.
 

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Your USED Wintec isn't worth $550.00 plus shipping. Wintecs simply don't hold their value, regardless of how well someone likes them. Synthetics never do.

I happen to have a Wintec 2000 AP that I adore. I paid over $800.00 for it new, but if I were to sell it I'd advertise it at no more than $300.00 and include the shipping in that price, because I know synthetics don't hold their value. Mine is in pristine condition and looks almost new. I've had Wintecs for close on 20 years so I'm in a better position to know what does and doesn't sell, and for what prices.
 

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Um....Speed Racer....I have dealt with a lot of business in the OPs area and other Oregon areas including my own. Wintec saddles all over this state have been selling for that exact same price. Plus, if you don't like the price, you don't have to buy it from her.

Actually, if the OP decided to stick around, I might talk about buying that saddle myself.
 

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Folks, enough is enough. On both sides. Please, keep it calm and civil!
 

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Good luck. I'm trying to sell mine for over a year on the east coast, it's the exact same thing. EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE and low maintenance. Can't understand why it's not selling.
Have you tried craigslist? I got a few responses from there and sold it today from my ad there. Also, good pictures are important, and it will sell easier if you include the fittings. There's another wintec pro in my area selling for $500, but it doesn't include the fittings or any extra gullets and it's been up for a few months now. The third Wintec Pro out here that I saw on craigslist included all fittings and some extra gullets and seems to have sold already - they were advertising it for $525. Mine sold in about a month. Good luck selling yours! I'm looking forward to trying some treeless saddles at the NW Horse Expo in March! Bareback 'til then...
 

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Put me in the synthetic saddle camp. I have no time to waste caring for leather.
Absolutely. Apparently the wintec girths are incredibly tough. It jumped out of the buyer's truck as she was loading the saddle in and I when I found it, it had been run over by an SUV and was sitting in some mud and oil next to the curb. I brought it back inside and ran it under the faucet - looks good as new. If it had been leather, it would have been a pain to clean and I'm so sure it would be stained, if not also torn.
 

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mayflyaway...I have all fittings included (27" Professionals Choice girth, Wintec "leathers", irons, Wintec breastcollar) and the entire Easy Change gullet system with measuring gauge. I am asking $700 for all of it because brand new all of that stuff would be well over $1000. Eventually I will find the right person. I have tried Craigslist multiple times...just got a bunch of tire kickers and people that said they would meet me with the money for the saddle then they disappeared and I never heard from them again. I'm done with Craigslist. Glad you sold your though!
 

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I've got one listed for $350 in Connecticut. Guess I'm under priced.
I got mine brand new for $745, came with the complete gullet kit(the measuring gauge and all the plates), "leathers", irons, girth and a saddle cover. I'm not saything the OP saddle was over priced, she probably paid more then I did and just wants to recoup most of the money she spent on it since she hardly used it. I love my wintec pro dressage and think it's a great saddle.
 

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That was a REALLY good deal then, because the saddle alone brand new is selling for a little over $800. I love my Wintec Pro also, but I don't ride English anymore and I only used the saddle a handful of times, so I'm not taking an entire loss on it.
 

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I got mine brand new for $745, came with the complete gullet kit(the measuring gauge and all the plates), "leathers", irons, girth and a saddle cover. I'm not saything the OP saddle was over priced, she probably paid more then I did and just wants to recoup most of the money she spent on it since she hardly used it. I love my wintec pro dressage and think it's a great saddle.
Actually, I sold the package for what I paid, because I bought it used and didn't end up using it much since it didn't fit my horse. The higher-end wintec saddles have a good market in the NW OR/SW WA region. Lots of demand, so they really hold their value here. I can see that in certain areas where there is not a huge dressage community and plenty of synthetic fans, it would be more difficult to sell an english synthetic saddle.

I think it really depends on where you are located. MyBoyPuck, if you really want your saddle to sell, maybe advertise it on the Portland area craigslist? Because a wintec pro at that price here is a *really* good deal, so I suspect someone out there would be willing to pay shipping if the cost of the saddle was so low. You'd have to make sure you have good pics and whatnot, but it might be worth a try.

Also, I've observed that the non-sueded synthetics retail and re-sell for less than the sueded synthetics.
 
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