Manufacturer: Wintec (View all products by Wintec)
Model: Pro Endurance Saddle (View all PRO Endurance reviews)
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: My daughter bought this saddle three years ago for around $1,000. and has used it successfully on her gaited Peruvian and the other horses she rides at the barn - a rotund Haflinger, a Quarter horse, an Arabian. I recently bought a short-backed Kentucky Mountain Horse with high withers. I went through 9 saddles---a Stubben Gaited Pleasure, an OrthoFlex, a wonderful Tarpin Hill Trooper, a Tucker Endurance, a Wintec 500, etc.. Some of these saddles are fabulous but not for my horse and me. Finally, I tried the Wintec Pro Endurance and Bingo! I have a winner. So I bought two: one used on eBay for around $300. and a new on eBay for $1035., shipping included. (Why two? Well, we'll leave that for another day...)
Likes: My Wintec Pro Endurance is just 19" long...so that while it pushes back (my Rocky has withers that go on forever and powerful shoulders)...it doesn't go too far back, i.e. it fits nicely on his back. In addition, he gaits (racking gait) better in the Wintec that any saddle tried. Judging from the saddle pad the weight distributes evenly on his back. The saddle does NOT interfere with shoulder movement or he wouldn't gait so well. The seat is comfy for me and, unlike some other saddles, I don't feel I'll be pitched out if he spooks or I relax on the trail. The saddle is lightweight---I love it! It's rather attractive considering it is made of these modern materials vs. all leather. There are lots of rings to I can go on really long rides. Finally, I'm not sore after riding in it.
Dislikes: I do NOT like that some horse people don't consider this Wintec "real", i.e. they claim Wintecs are not allowed in the show ring. I don't know if it is true but there seems to be some social stigma to the Wintec; also, some untrue comments are made about it. We ride a LOT and would know if the quality was substandard.
Quality: My daughter's Wintec Pro Endurance looks almost as good as the day she bought it and she/we ride a LOT. I haven't discovered anything; it is a very well put together saddle and inventive, with an original design.
Summary: I'm grateful for the design. Why does the Wintec Pro Endurance work for so many horses when other saddles fail? It must be first-rate and that is why I bought two more.
Usefulness Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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