Manufacturer: Wintec (View all products by Wintec)
Model: Pro Stock Saddle with Swinging Fenders (View all Pro Stock Saddle with Swinging Fenders reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: Purchased online from Crazy Horse Tack.com in 2006 for approximately $1100.00. This was prior to the more recent price increase on all Wintec saddles. They now sell for approximately $1350.00. I got the best price from Crazy Horse and had been pleased with their service on prior orders. I was wanting a western styled saddle with the Cair system and interchangeable gullets for more flexibility in its use.
Likes: I have many horses ranging from Arab, Tennessee Walker, and draft. I needed a saddle that would fit all my horses and could be easily adjusted for their weight fluctuations. I also wanted western styling with all the benefits of the Cair system and a saddle that was easy to care for. I was able to get all that and great comfort for me too in the Wintec Pro Stock Saddle with swinging fenders.
Dislikes: I was 100% sold on this saddle and had been sharing rides in it with friends and clients (I am a natural farrier), especially those with saddle fit problems. Many were also sold and purchased the saddle. However, more recently, a change was made to the stirrup adjustment by Wintec. When the adjustment holes previously spanned 16 inches for a wide range of adjustment, it now only spans 11.5 inches. I have long legs and even with the shortest adjustment, I could not comfortably reach the stirrups. Wintec advised them to take the saddle in to be adjusted at a saddle shop at their own expense.
Quality: I have hundreds of miles on my saddle worn on a variety of horses. It has held up well. No flaws or defects and the construction is solid. My biggest concern is on the newer models. Nothing else appears to have changed except the stirrup adjustment and the stirrup size. There are 5.5 inches less length adjustment and the stirrups are much larger. I am 5'8" with a 34.5" inseam and can barely touch the stirrups on the shortest adjustment in the newer saddle (purchased by a friend in September 2010). Also, a person with small- to medium-sized feet could easily lose their foot all the way through the newer (and much larger) stirrups. On the other hand, you can now wear snow boots when riding and easily fit your bulky boots through the stirrup.
Summary: This is a great saddle for comfort and fit of both the horse and rider. Just be prepared to find your own solution to the stirrup adjustment on the newer saddles since Wintec does not appear to want to assist customers with this issue. My thought is a nylon strap adjustment buckle like those on Horse blankets to lengthen and shorten the stirrup strap without the expense of having a saddle repair shop add more leather and holes. However, I've not been able to test this theory because the friend who bought the new version returned the saddle as a dissatisfied customer - but only because of the stirrup length.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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