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  • Saddle Shopping Therapy

    So lately I have been thinking that I should buy another saddle to train/ hack on rather than using my Bates 24/7..... and to quench my work stress.

    I am really sick of oiling and cleaning leather... I want something easy.

    So I have been looking at a new dark brown Wintec 500 jump saddle..... price $550 (including taxes) with leathers and girth.

    Any one have any experience with these? Good deal, bad deal?

    Any input would be lovely, thank you everyone!

  • #2
    Yuck. No, no, no - horrible saddle from my experience. Puts you in an awful position and gives no security. Not to mention the gullet-change thing, which just scares me.


    • Original Poster

      Really? too forward?
      My bates has changeable gullets... I swear by it.


      • #4
        how often do you clean your current saddle to make it not easy? My routine is clean only once a week, condition as needed. Pretty easy! Especially with Belvoir 1 Step-just spray, wipe and done! Takes about 5 minutes.

        However...if you really do want a synthetic that you could literally hose down, Wintec isn't horrible. BUT...if you've never ridden in one, try one first. They're pretty thick, slippery, squeaky things. At least the ones that I have ridden in. I much prefer leather and doing just basic maintenance.


        • #5
          IME the Wintecs are flatter than the Bates, so are not very likely to fit the same horse.
          The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


          • #6
            Ha ha ha...to me, saddle shopping therapy is buying a lovely older LEATHER saddle that needs a little TLC to bring back to life. Ie - a REASON to clean and care for it.


            • Original Poster

              Oh are they?
              I figured same manufacturer would mean similiar fit. Thank you for the heads up..

              My other thought was an HDR..... rather inexpensive and I wouldn't have to stress about how I am treated it.

              (My idea of cleaning ...... a little buff with the shirt sleeve lol) .... Yes, laziness!


              • #8

                Wintec fan here. My old dressage saddle was a Wintec. SUPER !!!
                Love them.

                Not slippery - at all ! Gullet change is fairly easy and a fantastic, fantastic, fantastic thing to have.

                I've ridden in the close contact Wintecs also. Very nice. I'm thinking of getting one, actually. Only thing you could say I don't love about them is that once in a rare while they squeak. But not often.

                Yes, it's a little different but do a search on the dressage forum for Wintec. Many dressage people love them.


                • #9
                  Buying a wintec was not the kind of retail therapy with saddles I had imagined when I opened this thread.

                  Originally posted by TrakeGirl View Post
                  Ha ha ha...to me, saddle shopping therapy is buying a lovely older LEATHER saddle that needs a little TLC to bring back to life. Ie - a REASON to clean and care for it.
                  That's more like it for me.

                  This version of TLC and the OP's laziness means I should have a mail-order tack cleaning business. Everyone is happy and sane... or as sane as they will get.
                  The armchair saddler
                  Politically Pro-Cat