Manufacturer: Wintec (View all products by Wintec)
Model: Isabelle (View all Isabell Dressage Saddle reviews)
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: Did not purchase, but I ride in one on occasion which is owned by a friend- she paid about $900 without gullets. I only ride in it as it goes with the horse.
Likes: Doesn't bang in the pommel area, rear of seat is nice and secure. Knee blocks are movable which is nice. That's about it.
Dislikes: Where to begin- the seat is sooooooo flat and hard and wayyyyyyyyyyy too wide. Holy cripes the waist in that saddle is so wide it is like sitting on a table- good for people with very wide hips only! The seat 'feels' padded until you sit in it, then you are on a wide piece of whatever it's made of and cannot feel your horse at all. The gullet system is very difficult and the tree points seem to be from the edges of the interchangeable gullet- way too far down. The billets are cheap, the stirrup bars are cheap, the underside is cheap.
Quality: Other than cheap materials, the saddle seems to be structurally put together well enough to be sturdy. The equi-suede seems to last but gathers every tiny bit of dust/debri as any synthetic like this would.
Summary: Honestly, don't know what all the excitement is over these- I rode in it when it was brand new and then again several months later, the seat padding really collapsed. The twist may be narrow but the waist is ridiculously wide for anyone with narrow-average hips. The stirrup bar is so far back it cranks your leg back and results in lower back stress. I don't know- guess it is for a certain type of build. The idea of interchangeable gullets is appealing. Jury is out on the CAIR as it seems to provide too much 'bounce'. This saddle truly is a love it or hate it- sorry, I hated it- bought a Kieffer GenF instead- much nicer alternative if your build doesn't suit the Wintec.
Usefulness Rating: 2.7 out of 5.
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