Synthetic Close Contact Saddle
Close Contact Saddles

For Sale on eBay

Manufacturer: Wintec
Model: Synthetic Close Contact Saddle
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!

Rating: 1

Author: Irritated eventer in North Carolina

Date: 0000-00-00

Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
6 reader(s) voted.

Please give us your opinion..

Other Reviews You May Find Interesting 

Beval Artisan Close Contact Saddles
Dover Circuit Premier Apex Saddle Close Contact Saddles
Dover Circuit Premier Special EQ Close Contact Saddles
Forestier Ilium Mono Flap Saddle Close Contact Saddles
M. Toulouse Annice Platinum Buffalo Leather Close Contact Saddles
Beval Artisan Close Contact Saddles
Santa Cruz Centuro Saddle Santa Cruz Centuro medium tree Close Contact Saddles
Toulouse Annice Printed Leather Close Contact Saddles
Duett Presto Close Contact Saddles
Camelot Close Contact Saddle Close Contact Saddles
Bates Hunter Jumper Close Contact Saddles
Kincade close contact saddle Close Contact Saddles
Hermes Stein Kraut Close Contact Saddles
Collegiate Diploma with gullet change system Close Contact Saddles
Camelot Close Contact Saddle Close Contact Saddles
Heritage Bespoke Yin-Yang Inner Balance Jumper/Eventer Monoflap Close Contact Saddles
Bates Caprilli Close Contact, Long Flap Close Contact Saddles
Prestwick made in England close contact Close Contact Saddles
Wintec Wintec 500 Close Contact Saddle-Caramel Close Contact Saddles
Santa Cruz Justin Close Contact Saddles

2004-2012 Horse Tack Review

 Horse Tack Reviews
 Submit Your Own Review!
 Search Review Database
 All Reader Reviews
 Staff Reviews
 Submit a Product for Review

 English Tack Reviews
 Dressage Saddles
 Jumping Saddles
 Close Contact Saddles
 All Purpose Saddles
 English Saddle Fittings/Pads
 English Bridles
 English Bridle Accessories
 English Show Apparel
 English Casual Apparel
 English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
 English Miscellaneous

 Western Tack Reviews
 Barrel Saddles
 Reining Saddles
 Roping Saddles
 Show Saddles
 Trail Saddles
 Western Saddle Fittings/Pads
 Western Bridles
 Western Bridle Accessories
 Western Show Apparel
 Western Casual Apparel
 Western Chaps/Boots/Hats
 Western Miscellaneous

 Horse Gear Reviews
 Horse Boots and Wraps
 Horse Health and Well Being
 Horse Apparel
 Horse Treats
 Horse Miscellaneous

 Barn & Stable Reviews
 Fly Control
 Grooming Equipment
 Stable Accessories
 Tack Room
 Training Equipment
 Barn and Stable Misc

 Barn and Stable Articles
 English Articles
 Feature and Misc Articles
 Grooming Articles
 Horse Care & Health Articles
 Horse Related Gift Articles
 News and Events
 Training Articles
 Western Articles

 Other Features
 About Us / Contact Information
 Articles & Subjects By Date
 Article Archives
 Join Our Mailing List
 Privacy Policy