Model: Wintec 250 A/P
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I bought this from State Line Tack for $269.99 .
Likes: My Arabian's canter improved drastically after switching to this saddle. It fits many different horses equally well. Break in period is about 2 hours. It is a comfortable saddle.
Dislikes: The cloth seat is a real pain to keep clean. The underside of the saddle is also covered in cloth. Both need to be vacuumed to get the dust out, or they fade to brown. Also, the double recessed stirrup bars make the stirrup leathers fall off every time you adjust them, although I haven't had a stirrup fall off while riding yet. The billets seem thick and sturdy, but if you don't use the supplied buckle guard over top of the girth, the buckles will rip right through the saddle flap within weeks.
Quality: As I already said, the double recessed stirrup bars are a royal pain. Otherwise, this is a hardy saddle.
Summary: Overall, this is a fine saddle for weekend riders, but I would never use it for a show. I strongly recommend AGAINST cloth seats. The Equileather, however, is very easy to clean. Wintec has the right idea, but this saddle is generally more pain than it's worth.
Usefulness Rating: 2.7 out of 5.
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