Model: 2000 All Purpose
Category: All Purpose Saddles
Purchase: I bought my saddle nearly new from an online tack store in Virginia for $500. I needed an expensive and comfortable saddle to fit my APHA.
Likes: I loved that I didn't have to spend time cleaning it as I am usually just barely squeezing in time for riding. It's very comfortable with no pressure points on me and it's very grippy and makes me feel glued in. The adjustable knee blocks I loved for when I wanted to switch around from dressage style to jumping. I did love that I could adjust the gullet plates to custom fit my horse and I loved the idea that if I wanted to ride another horse I could take my comfortable saddle with me and it would fit the new horse too. The CAIR panels do seem to do everything they say they do. Once you sit down in the saddle the air squishes it out evenly over the horses back. I was afraid that might mask subtle signals I wanted to give my horse with my weight but it didn't. He still feels me "talking" to him just fine.
Dislikes: When I tried to use synthetic stirrup leathers with this saddle it squeaked a lot to the point of distraction. This is fixed by using natural leathers. Then it is completely silent but I do have leather to clean. Also the Wintec website will tell you a wax product you can use on the synthetic leathers that they say will fix the squeak but I don't know anyone who has tried it.
Quality: After two and a half years of riding in this saddle two to four times a week the tree with a lifetime warranty is broken. It's twisted a full inch to the right. Nothing unusual happened to damage the saddle except that my 190lb friend rode in it but that's not heavy enough to cause damage to any reasonable saddle. I am the second owner of this saddle so I am not able to get this defective saddle repaired or replaced. After searching the Wintec website for help I found a question in the Q&A section that says that their regular saddles can not use the wide tree size only the Ultra wide saddles. I would have never considered a wide tree an "ultra wide" and this information was not in the gullet plate kit I that comes with these saddles. I thought when they said that their saddles would fit any horse they included the huge population of average weight wide tree quarter horses and warmbloods. Apparently their main line of saddles are only for narrow to medium wide sized horses so beware.
Summary: This is a very comfortable saddle for horse and rider and great for any english style outside of the show ring. While you do have to use leather stirrup leathers or keep your synthetics waxed up with their special treatment it's still very low maintenance. BEWARE of buying this saddle used because its not as sturdy as they advertise and lifetime warranties will not be honored without the original paperwork and receipt. DO NOT get this saddle if you have a horse that needs a wide gullet plate as this voids the warranty and may break your tree even if it takes two or three years to do it.
Author: Alison from Virginia
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