Manufacturer: Wintec (View all products by Wintec)
Model: Sport (View all Sport reviews)
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle used at a local tack store for $125, girth included. I had just bought my first horse and was looking for something affordable. I had ridden in a friend's Wintec and fell in love with it.
Likes: I don't even know where to start. First, the FIT. I have ridden tons of different horses in this saddle, from 13hh round-backed draft ponies to 17hh narrow-withered thoroughbreds. I have yet to find a horse that this saddle does not fit, and it doesn't have the interchangeable gullet like the new Wintecs. I'm pretty sure that this saddle has the CAIR panels, as there's no way that's wool flocking in the panels. These panels mold to any horse's back, as it's just one connected air bubble, so the air can shift within it to fit. I've ridden horses with sore backs from other ill-fitting saddles and they didn't mind this one! Next, the MATERIAL. You don't have to do a thing to it. Honestly, I just let mud and such dry on it and brush it off with a horse brush. It's held up so well for the year and a half I have owned it, and I ride 3-4 times a week. Also, it is a really secure material that isn't ever slippery, even in the pouring rain. The SEAT is another great feature. The seat on this saddle is by a mile the most comfortable I've ever ridden in. It's made of a material that's kind of like memory foam, and somehow it's still springy, even though it's been ridden in hard. I also love the KNEE BLOCKS. They are very well placed and shaped to keep you extremely secure in the saddle. They make this saddle great for training and trail riding, even on spooky horses.
Dislikes: The ONLY ONLY ONLY criticism I have of this saddle is the "Equileather" under the legs. It seems as if Wintec hadn't quite figured out how to make it as leather-like as they do now. It's started to crack and peel away a little under the legs. What's exposed is the same tough material that the rest of the saddle's made of. You can't even see it though when I'm in the saddle.
Quality: This saddle is DURABLE. There isn't a single loose stitch or rip on the ENTIRE SADDLE. I really can't believe how well it's held up.
Summary: If you are looking for a durable English saddle, this is the way to go. Especially if you ride multiple horses. I do EVERYTHING in this saddle and prefer it to my friends' Stubbens and Collegiates. It's just a very well-made saddle.
Usefulness Rating: 3.2 out of 5.
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