Model: Dressage Pro with Contourblock
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I am not a dressage person! I ride a tank on legs who also happens to be a very loud appaloosa. But we were that little bit too fast for the pleasure circuit, so I started taking some lessons and having a crack at 'collection'. Obviously as such newbies our budget isn't massive - I would prefer to spend the big bucks on saddles with horns. I went along to the unveiling of the 2009 Wintec range and was the only person to buy a saddle that night! It was a very reasonable $1695 - a 17" black Wintec Pro Dressage with Contourbloc - and had exactly the same seat as an Innova and was more comfortable (to me - the uneducated) than the Isabell Werth version.
Likes: It puts me in the most fantastic position for an English seat. My legs and lower back sit beautifully and the new super synthetic/suede/wonder material is like permanent 'sticky bum' jods. I bought the Cair model, and it fit my tank of a mare with minimal fuss and does not slip, move or look like sliding. The 'Y' girthing system is so much better for her back and the extra strap to hold down the saddle flap means it presents as a beautiful neat picture.
Dislikes: I'm finding muscles I didn't know I had! This is not an armchair saddle and is fit for competition from Pony Club to Royals. It does not have the horrid synthetic look, just the convenience. The only think I was told when purchasing was to make sure the saddle was dry before storage. Not because it rots or will go mouldy, but the screws might discolour and mark the material
Quality: It has the Cair panels, so wont need re-stuffing or any other panel work done on it. Wintec has ridiculously long warranties on all of the parts. The easy change gullet system is just that - easy. Two screws and some velcro and I was looking into the belly of my saddle. It is stupidly easy to clean and will not mark your jods if over cleaned (like an over oiled saddle will)! The blocks haven't changed, the seat hasn't changed, the material hasn't marked - even from stirrup rubbing. I just wipe it down and gently soap if we have a hard session.
Summary: I am very impressed with this saddle. A lot of research and testing went into the development of this new range - and it shows. I would recommend this saddle to anyone, it's easy, convenient, reasonably priced and very comfortable.
Author: Tee Pianta
Usefulness Rating: 3.22222 out of 5.
9 reader(s) voted.
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