Manufacturer: Wintec (View all products by Wintec)
Model: Wintec Stock Pro (View all Stock Pro reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I purchased my Wintec Stock Pro online from VTO Saddlery, and I'm a very satisfied customer. I paid around $1,280 for it. My main reason for buying from VTO was that I needed the new Wintec Stock Pro model, and I liked that they would install the extra-wide gullet for me. Also, I had questions, and their customer service people are very good.
Likes: After years of owning and riding all disciplines, I decided to try an Aussie saddle. I looked around, but decided on the Wintec Stock Pro because it has a flex tree, the new model takes all size gullets, and I like the Cair panels. I now mainly ride for pleasure/trail. I like the wider channel, the wider panels, and longer flaps. I've owned several types of saddles, including western/dressage, and for the money, this is the best and most comfortable saddle I could find.
Dislikes: I can't say anything negative about this saddle. I like that I don't have to clean it, and I can ride in rain and through the creek without worrying about it. I read online that some people don't like the Cair panels, but I really like these because I feel very connected to my horse's back. Also, this saddle has a flex tree, and my horse really likes it moving freely forward.
Quality: I'm completely satisfied with the construction and quality. There is not a better synthetic saddle on the market.
Summary: I wasn't completely sure that I would like riding in an Aussie saddle because of the position of my leg, which is slightly forward. However, the added leverage with the polleys makes my riding much more pleasurable. I've also learned to post in it. My horse has huge suspension, and I like how I sit farther back than a dressage saddle. The saddle is really deep, which is nice for galloping cross country as well. Perfect for the trail too!
Usefulness Rating: 2.91667 out of 5.
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