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I'm looking to buy a used Wintec dressage saddle. Not really looking at others for personal reasons.
I have my eye on a few saddles and came across a great deal on an Isabell, which I had thought to be out of my price range so I hadn't even considered it. But now that there's one here I wonder...

I would think that the Isabell would be better obviously because it costs more and also because the seat looks much deeper, but I had also read some reviews where people had said they much preferred the Pro. So what do you think? Has anyone had experiences with both? Or anything?

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Yeah, that's definitely what I was reading a lot, that the Isabell tends to kind of lock you in place. I want to feel secure but definitely not trapped.
I forgot about the idea of trying them both out, I'll definitely look into that. The Isabell is pretty close to me so I could probably talk to the seller about a trial, and I know of a nice lady at my barn with a Pro..

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Well, I've always ridden my horse in a Wintec 500 A/P with CAIR..he just wears a normal gullet and the saddle fits him perfectly. I know that some horses have problems with both the CAIR system and the Wintec saddles in general, but mine does great with them. I've been very satisfied with the way that the CAIR panels work on him. I've seen that it spreads weight nicely over his back and doesn't have any pressure points or anything..I would probably prefer it to flocked for this particular horse.
I would consider other brands of saddles, though, if they were available within my price range and without leather, but the only other synthetic saddles I've seen were the Thorowgood which do have some leather on them and yes, I am vegan so it's really not an option..I'd love to see any recommendations of other synthetic dressage saddles that I could find used for $300- because more options is always better.

I'm going to see the Isabell in the next couple of days and talk to the owner about a trial on my horse..so we'll see how that goes. If I can't do trials through the sellers I'm a bit stuck because I am a bit in the middle of nowhere and the only tack shop in the area that carries these saddles I'm pretty sure only does them if you're seriously considering buying from them and I'm just not the kind of person to lie like that..
 

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I brought the Isabell home today. I decided I would just buy it since it was such a good deal, and resell it if it didn't work out since I'd probably actually gain money anyway..so I rode in it today and it was amazing! I definitely don't feel trapped or locked into any position in it, just that I'm being lightly encouraged to sit properly. It's extremely comfortable and I'm just in love! It fits my guy really well, too, as I had expected since other Wintec saddles do.
We even had a bit of an oops in it..I was riding pretty late so it was dark and my guy gets a bit jumpy. He spooked pretty bad and I was..unseated and wound up in a weird position with him spinning around, but I was able to stay on and feel very secure even in that position until I was ready to jump off at the right moment. I definitely feel that I would have flown off straight away in my previous slippery all-synthetic A/P or even my western saddle. I'm pretty excited about that!
Overall I'm very glad I found this saddle. It was an incredible deal at $290, too. It's pretty well used but still in very good shape if you ask me.
Just thought I'd share the good news =)
 
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