Horse Tack Review


Dressage Saddles

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Manufacturer: Wintec
Model: 500
Category: Dressage Saddles

Purchase: I bought this one after I was disappointed in how the Isabelle made me feel "stuck" in the "proper" position - paid about $400 new from Jeffers (a great company, by the way)

Likes: easy to clean, light weight adjustable for different horses

Dislikes: Too stiff Doesn't seem to fit any of my 50 horses properly -- I have had to fight the saddle to keep my position -- I've "made do" and so have my horses It isn't easy to change out the gullets -- I had illusions of being able to change it quickly to fit my many horses, but it took too long.

Quality: Used it for 2 or 3 years, it is very stiff especially in the Wisconsin cold -- it is really hard to buckle the girth on, and this winter the billets have started snapping in half. I think it is stiff for the horses, too - I've used sheepskin pads but I am retiring this saddle now, bought a Balance saddle and what a big difference!

Summary: In my opinion, it is better than the Isabelle - because it does not hold you in one position making it hard to move around -- but the Balance is better than any pf the Wintec saddles.

Rating: 3

Author: Barbara Weber MD

Date: 2010-03-09

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