Model: VSD w/Cair
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I started riding again after 30+ years away and stables that offer lessons seem to focus on teenage girls (of course!) so I wanted to buy a saddle of my own that would fit my middle-aged behind. After some dithering, ordered a Wintec VSD w/Cair & changeable gullet online from Country Tack for $450. The gullet set was included free as a special (normally around $70).
Likes: Flap is forward enough for those wanting to learn to pop over low jumps, but straight enough for flatwork and hacking out (the VSD means Very Slightly Dressage). I leave this saddle at my lesson stable and my instructor sure uses it a lot and likes it! Very versatile saddle for beginners or those starting over, LIGHT & super comfortable. It has been out in the pouring rain and dried out quickly with no ill effects, looks great with just a wipe off. I have also changed out the gullet once by myself and it wasn't hard at all, took about a half hour.
Dislikes: Have only had it about a year but don't have any complaints so far. For a synthetic I think it performs and looks well.
Quality: I am not a saddle expert but think this one is well balanced and well made for a synthetic.
Summary: Recommend it highly for beginners or those returning to riding, especially if you don't know what direction you are heading in. You can learn a lot on the flat or start learning to jump in this saddle with comfort.
Author: Brenda in SC
Usefulness Rating: 2.57143 out of 5.
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