Manufacturer: Wintec (View all products by Wintec)
Model: Close Contact (View all Close Contact reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: After quite a bit of searching. I found this saddle in a tack shop on the coast. The saddle was used for $400
Likes: I like almost everything about this saddle. I was a little iffy about the color at first, but now I like it. It's got the leather look, but is still completely synthetic, which makes it super easy to clean and take care of. I like the changeable gullets, i think they definitely surpass the fish in the thorowgood saddles. The way the seat is shaped I find it very comfortable. It also feels like sitting on air. One thing I really like about all synthetic saddles in general is how durable they are. They don't scratch like leather and My used saddle looks almost brand new. I also like the Cair, it's nice for my horse. The billets are a little shorter than my other saddles, which i think is nice, because they're not sticking out the bottom or getting tangled in the girth straps on my saddle pad.
Dislikes: There's not a whole lot I don't like about this. One thing I have noticed is that even with the extra-wide gullet in, the saddle still seems a little narrow near the front. But maybe that's just me. The Material on the inside flap looks a little questionable, but it's holding up perfectly fine. And the biggest thing, although it's not a huge deal, is the gullets. They say it takes 10 minutes. It was easy enough to take the first gullet off. I learned the hard way that you have to loosely put in BOTH screws in the gullet before you tighten them. The really annoying part was the outside two screws. It took 10 minutes per screw to get those things in because it's nearly impossible to line the holes up. But again, not a big deal, it doesn't affect the quality of the saddle.
Quality: I think this is a very sturdy saddle. Everything still looks as if it's brand new, even though I bought it used.
Summary: I love this saddle. Very comfortable, easy to care for, and a good price. I have just ordered a Wintec 500 dressage because i like it that much.
Usefulness Rating: 2.83333 out of 5.
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