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Hello!

I recently acquired a Wintec Sport saddle from my aunt as she does not ride anymore. I have always just used the saddles in our tack room at the barn I ride at, never really paid attention to size or anything. This saddle, to me, looks really big! It measures at 16" but when I sit in it, there is a TON of room behind me. (And I fit in 16.5" saddles normally) It's also made of some sort of fabric (neoprene?) with one part that is synthetic leather, and it's cracking/peeling off. I've looked online for reviews, or just anything about it, but it apparently is very old and has been discontinued. I brought it to the barn one day, but it uses a different kind of girth so I couldn't use it. I finally have the right girth (from my aunt), but I am hesitant to use it. Does anyone know why it was discontinued? That seems concerning to me. Does it seem okay for me to use? I don't think the girth I have will even fit the 2 ponies I usually ride, and I'm thinking I will have trouble finding other sizes online. From what I have seen online, it is classified as AP/dressage, always together. My eventual goal is to jump and my barn focuses on hunter/jumper, so I think I would need a CC saddle, but maybe I can use this in the meantime.

I'm just really hesitant to use this but I feel obligated to since it was free and my mom is really pushing me to. I would be the only person at my barn to use a non-leather saddle, and I know I shouldn't care, but I honestly would feel sorta awkward.

Sorry this is just kind of a jumble of thoughts. If you had it, would you use it? Does it sound okay for me to use?
 

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Just because a saddle was discontinued doesn't mean that it's necessarily a bad saddle or dangerous or anything. Improvements are made, styles change, and manufacturers sometimes need to move in a different direction.

I like Wintecs, and I have a wintec Isabell dressage saddle that I've been using most every day for about 7 years or so. However, if you're talking about the saddle that I think you're talking about then I'm not really a fan. Nothing unsafe about it if I remember, but it seems cheaply made. You can easily find a dressage girth of the right size to fit ponies- I used to ride a 13hhish pony in lessons with a 20" wintec girth. I even think I used this same saddle several times. As far as the sizing goes, many dressage saddles have much deeper seats than most cc or ap saddles. This may contribute to the difference in sizing. Provided that the saddle is safe and fits the horse then I would say go for it in the meantime if you need your own saddle. If you think that the barn's schooling saddles suit you better, then keep using them. If you can't, then use this saddle until you can buy something more suitable or your parents are willing to help you with costs.
 

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Thank you! It does seem pretty cheap to me, not always a downside but I just am a little skeptical sometimes. If it definitely is a dressage saddle (I will try to put pictures up), that probably isn't what I should be using anyway? I do not want a deeper seat and I know it changes the position of your legs -- I have NO experience with dressage so I think that would make it more difficult for me in the meantime. I'm thinking I will stick with the barn's saddles, I just don't want my mom to be upset. Not at all trying to sound like a stuck up brat that won't use something just cause it's not "perfect" (I would never even buy a new saddle at this point!), I just don't think it's what I should be using and am hoping I am justified in thinking that!
 

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Thank you! It does seem pretty cheap to me, not always a downside but I just am a little skeptical sometimes. If it definitely is a dressage saddle (I will try to put pictures up), that probably isn't what I should be using anyway? I do not want a deeper seat and I know it changes the position of your legs -- I have NO experience with dressage so I think that would make it more difficult for me in the meantime. I'm thinking I will stick with the barn's saddles, I just don't want my mom to be upset. Not at all trying to sound like a stuck up brat that won't use something just cause it's not "perfect" (I would never even buy a new saddle at this point!), I just don't think it's what I should be using and am hoping I am justified in thinking that!
You would sound like a stuck-up brat if you threw a fit and demanded her buy you another saddle when you have a useable one... but since there's nothing wrong with using the barn saddles then I don't see an issue. I don't think that the deep seat would necessarily be your problem with using it for early h/j work, but the super straight flap wouldn't be so conducive to your proper leg position.

I'd explain to your mother that while it's a perfectly good saddle, your trainer says that it is for a different type of riding. Tell her that it will hinder your position so that when you do start jumping your position will not be as safe. It's not completely true (I have jumped plenty of times in a dressage saddle with no ill-effects), but if you tell her that your trainer says it can be an issue down the line then she'll probably understand. Tell her that you'll definitely keep it around for trail riding and stuff... That saddle is awesomely light, and most dressage saddles put you in a much more comfy position for hacking around than a close contact or all purpose saddle IMO!
 

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The wintec dressage saddles, and I have had two, are not that deep seated so for low level jumping you will be fine.
 

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Thanks guys! I will definitely try it out this weekend assuming my girth will fit.
 

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wintec sport

I know this message thread is 5 years old, but I thought I'd take a chance.
Do you stil have the saddle? If so, would you be willing to sell it?
 
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