Manufacturer: Wintec (View all products by Wintec)
Model: Synthetic Close Contact Saddle (View all Synthetic Close Contact Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I borrowed this saddle from a friend while searching for a saddle of my own.
Likes: It was easy to clean, and the seat was decently comfortable, but that sure doesn't make up for all of it's shortcomings.
Dislikes: Well, when I first started riding in this saddle, the only problem was that it was way to small for me. The seat fit me perfectly, but my legs stuck over the front flap, making me look like I was riding in a leadline saddle. Not surprisingly, this caused some consternation on cross-country, because the saddle gave me no security whatsoever, and I couldn't use my legs very well. I originally thought it was pretty nifty that you could change the gullet size, but then I realized that one of the reasons my new pony was having back trouble is because the gullet didn't really change size. On the wider-backed, wither-less pony I had previously leased, I adjusted it to a "wide" setting, which pushed the flaps wider, but the pommel still pinched her back. This made her even more grumpy than she had been before, and it didn't help my temper, either. On my narrower Thoroughbred, I put in the "medium narrow" gullet plate, and that didn't really work for him, because it pressed on his withers too much and made his back sore. Later, after I returned the saddle to it's owner, my other friend borrowed it and absolutely hated it. She used it at camp and must have gotten stuck in it at least three times while trying to dismount, which was funny to the rest of us, but not to her. It also didn't fit her pony very well, and constricted her movement and made her jump awkwardly.
Quality: Along with all of it's other issues, the saddle started disintegrating (too many water jumps?). The little threads that held the saddle together started falling out. True, the saddle wasn't new when I used it, but it was only a couple years old!
Summary: Don't buy this saddle! It's cheap compared to most eventing/close-contact saddles, but you get what you pay for. It doesn't fit most horses, it really doesn't fit long legged riders, and it falls apart!
Author: Irritated eventer in North Carolina
Usefulness Rating: 2.36364 out of 5.
11 reader(s) voted.
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