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Hey everybody,
Just recently I was replacing my gullet inside my wintec saddle and as we took the saddle apart we may have pulled it apart too hard since it was stiff and when we finally were able to pull it apart the seam on one side of the cantle came undone. It seems like there was a rubber piece holding the two parts together and it just broke. So now I'm looking to replace that piece however, I don't know what it's called. It just looks like a cheap, rubber piece. I will attach a picture and I'm hoping someone will be able to tell me the name of the piece that broke. It's the rubber piece right behind/above the brass buckle. It's being held on by the one silver screw in the picture. The other half of the rubber thing that connected it to the top half of the cantle broke off and isn't in the picture. Thanks in advance.
 

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Actually you compromised the whole saddle doing that. Essentially it's a broken tree.
 

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^Is it?? I found this was broken on a Wintec I bought, when I went to replace the gullet & also put D's on the back(it is a Dressage model) but it doesn't seem to be anything to do with the tree - I then carefully cut some of the stitching to open it further, to see what exactly was broken & it didn't seem to be anything much - the tree was fine. I just stitched it up again & haven't had a prob. I don't know that you could get a replacement part OP, or whether it would be worth doing so if you could. By all means, if Wares is right & it's caused a broken tree, this is bad news, but it may well be the same as mine & fine.
 

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Call the company and ask. It is likely a piece that holds the back of the saddle together (tree to padding - top outside to bottom underside) It may or may not effect performance. If you actually damaged the tree by pulling it apart and breaking the frame then the saddle is compromised.
 

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It seems as if the tree is still fine. it's just that one part. We might be able to push it back in, just wasn't sure if the rubber piece was super important.
 

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That part often breaks on older Wintecs. The screw holds one end of a wire which runs through the rear panel roll to another screw on the opposite side - the tree has an angled moulding at the rear which the rear panel fits over and the wire keeps it in place. To my knowledge, the black plastic moulding can't be replaced, but so long as the part with the screw remains in place the remainder breaking off doesn't cause any major problems. I've even seen the part which holds the screw missing, but because the screw is long enough to fix into the tree itself, the saddle's still useable.

I'd just check it regularly and keep an eye open for a replacement saddle at a sensible price.
 

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Can you point to the part that is broken or make a small video to show what is broken?
 
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