Manufacturer: Wintec (View all products by Wintec)
Model: Pro Dressage with CAIR Panels (View all Pro Dressage with CAIR reviews)
Category: Dressage Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this saddle from Adams Horse Supply for regular price: $729, BUT they had a deal where you get either FREE fittings & a carrying case OR a complete gullet kit and carrying case. I desperately needed a saddle to fit my Oldenburg gelding and was having trouble finding good quality affordable leather saddles that would fit properly. It got to where I would get a leather saddle, and then my horse would change shape and it would become too wide for my boy and not fit properly. It became QUITE costly!
Likes: I simply LOVE this saddle! It was a great buy! It has the CAIR Panel system to relieve pressure on my horse's back, it has EXTRA GRIPPY equisuede that helps me ride my horse properly and reduces bouncing on his back (he has BIG movement). It also puts me in the correct position WITHOUT locking me in and making me feel claustrophobic. My horse moves freely and overall better than the other saddles I've tried. It also allows me to change gullets when my horse changes shape due to muscle gain and saves me A LOT of money! What's more, the channel between the panels is PRETTY GENEROUS and allows clearance over my horse's broad spine! :)
Dislikes: The ONLY thing I don't like is that it picks up hair and lint quite easily.
Quality: It has the easy-change gullet system and CAIR Panels. The CAIR Panels in the saddle are filled with air so that there is air between you and your horse and your horse's back can be spared of pain. The easy-change gullet system IS easy and prevents you from having to buy many other saddles down the road in order to re-fit your horse. It is a VERY convenient saddle and is made out of Wintec Equisuede for added grip during your ride. You DO NOT need chaps with this saddle! It also has removable knee-rolls under the flaps so that you can customize your leg positioning. This saddle is tough and sturdy. It is also VERY EASY TO CLEAN!
Summary: I HIGHLY recommend this saddle to ANYONE! Be it professional or novice. This saddle is your best bet if you are having saddle fit dilemmas and are getting tired of going through/selling saddles over and over again. It is pretty AFFORDABLE too, especially if you can get the GREAT deals where you get extras with your order. It just so happens to be Wintec's 21st year Anniversary and you can get some great deals for 2008!
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
5 reader(s) voted.
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