Opinions on Wintec Saddles, best type of saddle for me

Opinions on Wintec Saddles, best type of saddle for me

Post by Lisa Olson-McDonal » Thu, 05 Sep 1996 04:00:00


I am looking for a new saddle and need HELP.  I've gone through three
saddles in the last three years and haven't found anything that I like,
that fits my horse or that fits me.  I don't have a lot of money to
spend, and would like to get a saddle that I won't re-sell next year.

I like to ride English, and find dressage saddles very comfortable, with
a deep seat.  I only do trail riding, and might try endurance riding next
summer.  My friend might sell me her older dressage saddle, but I also
saw several Wintec (synthetic) saddles in a catalog that looked nice.  
Does anyone have any good/bad or other comments on the Wintec line?  
Also, would an all-purpose, dressage, or eventing saddle work best for
trail and endurance riding?

HELP!  I need advice quick, because I've stopped riding my horse because
I hate my present saddle so much (an Australian saddle that fits neither
one of us!).

Lisa Olson-McDonald
Old McDonald's Farm
Sparta, WI

 
 
 

Opinions on Wintec Saddles, best type of saddle for me

Post by Elaine F. Elm » Thu, 05 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Lisa,

I have a student with a Wintec dressage saddle, and I was surprised at
how much I liked it, and it seems to fit a larger variety of horses
than the average leather saddle.   Perhaps it's construction makes it
more easily molded to the horse's back....  However, if you are
thinking about endurance, I'd consider looking at the Windec endurance
saddle.  (I also have a friend with one of these and she is pleased.)

My reasoning is that the dressage saddle has very straight flaps in
front and if your endurance/trail riding includes going up and down
hills you may find there is no saddle in front of you!  Since you
seemed unaware that there was an endurance model, perhaps Wintec
stopped making it, but I thought I'd seen it in the Miller's catalog.

If you can't find an endurance model, I'd look at the all-purpose
version, which also has a deep seat.

Good Luck!

Elaine
Atlanta, GA


Quote:
>I am looking for a new saddle and need HELP.  I've gone through three
>saddles in the last three years and haven't found anything that I like,
>that fits my horse or that fits me.  I don't have a lot of money to
>spend, and would like to get a saddle that I won't re-sell next year.
>I like to ride English, and find dressage saddles very comfortable, with
>a deep seat.  I only do trail riding, and might try endurance riding next
>summer.  My friend might sell me her older dressage saddle, but I also
>saw several Wintec (synthetic) saddles in a catalog that looked nice.  
>Does anyone have any good/bad or other comments on the Wintec line?  
>Also, would an all-purpose, dressage, or eventing saddle work best for
>trail and endurance riding?
>HELP!  I need advice quick, because I've stopped riding my horse because
>I hate my present saddle so much (an Australian saddle that fits neither
>one of us!).
>Lisa Olson-McDonald
>Old McDonald's Farm
>Sparta, WI


 
 
 

Opinions on Wintec Saddles, best type of saddle for me

Post by Kamm2Ma » Thu, 05 Sep 1996 04:00:00

I HATE my Wintec Dressage saddle!!!!  The only reason I have it is that my
wide tree Moritz -which fits her rolly polly highness Tempest- does NOT
fit my narrow rescue TB gelding.....  I had to find something fast w/ a
narrow tree and that's inexpensive, as he'll be muscling up here in the
next few months and there's no sense spending good bucks on a saddle I may
have to replace just months down the road.

The Wintec was, yes, inexpensive ($250), and fits River but does not fit
ME....  I have ridden in a friend's Wintec Dressage PRO.... considerably
different seat & feel, much more comfortable but more
expensive.($550-$600???)

Good luck... alot of people love their Wintecs... perhaps you should give
one a try!

eleanore

 
 
 

Opinions on Wintec Saddles, best type of saddle for me

Post by Chad Parri » Thu, 05 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> I am looking for a new saddle and need HELP.  I've gone through three
> saddles in the last three years and haven't found anything that I like,
> that fits my horse or that fits me.  I don't have a lot of money to
> spend, and would like to get a saddle that I won't re-sell next year.

> I like to ride English, and find dressage saddles very comfortable, with
> a deep seat.  I only do trail riding, and might try endurance riding next
> summer.  My friend might sell me her older dressage saddle, but I also
> saw several Wintec (synthetic) saddles in a catalog that looked nice.  
> Does anyone have any good/bad or other comments on the Wintec line?  
> Also, would an all-purpose, dressage, or eventing saddle work best for
> trail and endurance riding?

> HELP!  I need advice quick, because I've stopped riding my horse because
> I hate my present saddle so much (an Australian saddle that fits neither
> one of us!).

> Lisa Olson-McDonald
> Old McDonald's Farm
> Sparta, WI

I am currently using a Thorowgood synthetic all purpose and have had it
for three years.  It has held up well compared to a friend's Wintec.
Wintec saddles and Thorowgood saddles are about the same price but
definetly not the same quality.

-Just my opinion...

River Falls, Wi

 
 
 

Opinions on Wintec Saddles, best type of saddle for me

Post by r.. » Thu, 05 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:
>Does anyone have any good/bad or other comments
>on the Wintec line?  

<snip>

As for synthetics, the Wintec is the only way to go!
I've tried the other synthetics and they suck.

I have a Wintec All Purpose that's about 10 yrs old now.
I love the saddle but I have found that on long (over 10 mi.),
hot, hard rides the tree relaxes too much for my high withered
Tb.  My husband has the same saddle (6-7 yrs old) and he
seems to have no problem with this as he tends to ride the
plumper hossies.  I really love my saddle but I know its
days are numbered and I'm gonna' have to cut the cord.
I've used it for XC,  team penning, gymkhana, our version
of dressage and a bit of polocrosse muckin' about and it
has served my ***quite well  ;->

Ruth CM
tough on saddles

Quote:
> Lisa Olson-McDonald
> Old McDonald's Farm
> Sparta, WI

 
 
 

Opinions on Wintec Saddles, best type of saddle for me

Post by jaz » Fri, 06 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>I like to ride English, and find dressage saddles very comfortable, with
>a deep seat.  I only do trail riding, and might try endurance riding next
>summer.  My friend might sell me her older dressage saddle, but I also
>saw several Wintec (synthetic) saddles in a catalog that looked nice.  
>Does anyone have any good/bad or other comments on the Wintec line?  
>Also, would an all-purpose, dressage, or eventing saddle work best for
>trail and endurance riding?

Wintecs......SUCK!

Now I feel better, and I can tell you the slip on a horse's back (not good),
they can not be tightened enough (probably the reason for the slipping),
they wear out (fast), they have extraneous bounce to them that causes undue
stress on a horse's back (so if you're posting or sitting trot is not the
best the horse will suffer), and the pommel never sits on a horse's back low
enough.  Most of them are damned narrow and the tree is a plastic
unforgiving thing that only fits about 30% of the horse's I've seen them on.

Hell, I'm not saying that they can't fit ANY horse....but if you have that
one out of three horse you may get away with one.  Otherwise it will end up
on the tack room wall and you will be selling it soon.

Buy a used leather saddle with a good tree, with the kind of riding you are
telling us you do it will last till the day you die.

Sorry for the gloom, I just hate the damned things; and feel sorry for the
people and their horses that endure them.

jaz

 
 
 

Opinions on Wintec Saddles, best type of saddle for me

Post by A Kel » Fri, 06 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>I am looking for a new saddle and need HELP.  I've gone through three
>saddles in the last three years and haven't found anything that I like,
>that fits my horse or that fits me.  I don't have a lot of money to
>spend, and would like to get a saddle that I won't re-sell next year.
>I like to ride English, and find dressage saddles very comfortable, with
>a deep seat.  I only do trail riding, and might try endurance riding next
>summer.  My friend might sell me her older dressage saddle, but I also
>saw several Wintec (synthetic) saddles in a catalog that looked nice.  
>Does anyone have any good/bad or other comments on the Wintec line?  
>Also, would an all-purpose, dressage, or eventing saddle work best for
>trail and endurance riding?
>HELP!  I need advice quick, because I've stopped riding my horse because
>I hate my present saddle so much (an Australian saddle that fits neither
>one of us!).
>Lisa Olson-McDonald
>Old McDonald's Farm
>Sparta, WI

Dear Lisa

A number of my friends use Wintec saddles and swear by them.  In the
UK they are cheaper than leather, much lighter to carry, don't need
breaking in, grip jodphurs so helping posture and sense of balance and
best of all only require the occassional hose down with cold water-
don't we all :-).  If possible go for the adjustable tree so that you
can alter your saddle to accomodate your horses' changing shape from
season to season, or as fitness improves etc.  

I would have thought a GP saddle would make a good all round
compromise althought you can get synthetic endurance saddles.

At the risk of teaching granny to suck eggs...3 saddles in as many
years is an expensive exercise and you can't get the best from your
horse with poorly fitting tack.  Always go to a reputable saddler who
can ensure the fit is right for both of you.  Never buy off the shelf,
always insist on trying several saddles on your horse and ask an
experienced friend to check your horse is moving freely under your
chosen saddle.

Best of luck

Andrew

Lancashire
England

 
 
 

Opinions on Wintec Saddles, best type of saddle for me

Post by Nicki Fri » Fri, 06 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>>I am looking for a new saddle and need HELP.  I've gone through three
>>saddles in the last three years and haven't found anything that I like,
>>that fits my horse or that fits me.  I don't have a lot of money to
>>spend, and would like to get a saddle that I won't re-sell next year.

>>I like to ride English, and find dressage saddles very comfortable, with
>>a deep seat.  I only do trail riding, and might try endurance riding next
>>summer.  My friend might sell me her older dressage saddle, but I also
>>saw several Wintec (synthetic) saddles in a catalog that looked nice.  
>>Does anyone have any good/bad or other comments on the Wintec line?  
>>Also, would an all-purpose, dressage, or eventing saddle work best for
>>trail and endurance riding?

>>HELP!  I need advice quick, because I've stopped riding my horse because
>>I hate my present saddle so much (an Australian saddle that fits neither
>>one of us!).

>>Lisa Olson-McDonald
>>Old McDonald's Farm
>>Sparta, WI

> Lisa,

I have heard that the Wintecs are great-very comfortable, and can be
hosed off easily.  I have a miller collegiate all-purpose for trail
riding and jumping, and I am very happy with it, but I would probably
not recommend it for endurance riding.
n

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Opinions on Wintec Saddles, best type of saddle for me

Post by r.. » Fri, 06 Sep 1996 04:00:00

<snip>

Quote:
>Otherwise it will end up on the tack room wall and you
>will be selling it soon.

Oh bullshit, hot and steamy!  Stop by Borderland Farm
in Warwick NY and count the Wintecs they use on their
40+/-  school horses *daily*.  Tbs to Percherons.  They
haven't been in business for over 30 years ill fitting their
horses and riders.  Soundness is their bread and butter.

Quote:
>Sorry for the gloom, I just hate the damned things; and feel sorry for
>the people and their horses that endure them.

Oh pull-eeze!   Yeah, you'd probably be stupid enough
to plunk down in excess of 300 bucks for a bridle, right?

Aha!  I knew it!  Nuff said.

Ruth CM
Ain't opinions wonderful?

Quote:
> jaz

 
 
 

Opinions on Wintec Saddles, best type of saddle for me

Post by jaz » Fri, 06 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

><snip>jaz talking here:
>>Otherwise it will end up on the tack room wall and you
>>will be selling it soon.

>Oh bullshit, hot and steamy!  Stop by Borderland Farm
>in Warwick NY and count the Wintecs they use on their
>40+/-  school horses *daily*.  Tbs to Percherons.  They
>haven't been in business for over 30 years ill fitting their
>horses and riders.  Soundness is their bread and butter.

>>Sorry for the gloom, I just hate the damned things; and feel sorry for
>>the people and their horses that endure them.

>Oh pull-eeze!   Yeah, you'd probably be stupid enough
>to plunk down in excess of 300 bucks for a bridle, right?

>Aha!  I knew it!  Nuff said.

YO...ruth......  I still think they SUCK, SUCK, SUCK...........Big time!

Yeah, opinions is great, loved yours.  And yes, Ruthie, I would plunk
down $300.00 for a bridle if I really, really, REALLY had to have it.  
Ain't money grand?  It gives us choices I know you'd love to have. <G>

Now don't get in a tizzy, anyone can use anything they damned well
please.  Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. I just think leather is
far superior to anything plastic, and I'm sure there are others who feel
the same.  And I suppose those same horses are wearing Biothane bridles?  
(Ick, and double ick!)

jaz  

 
 
 

Opinions on Wintec Saddles, best type of saddle for me

Post by Sullys Ma » Fri, 06 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Quote:


>><snip>jaz talking here:
>>>Otherwise it will end up on the tack room wall and you
>>>will be selling it soon.

>>Oh bullshit, hot and steamy!  Stop by Borderland Farm
>>in Warwick NY and count the Wintecs they use on their
>>40+/-  school horses *daily*.  Tbs to Percherons.  They
>>haven't been in business for over 30 years ill fitting their
>>horses and riders.  Soundness is their bread and butter.

>>>Sorry for the gloom, I just hate the damned things; and feel sorry for
>>>the people and their horses that endure them.

>>Oh pull-eeze!   Yeah, you'd probably be stupid enough
>>to plunk down in excess of 300 bucks for a bridle, right?

>>Aha!  I knew it!  Nuff said.

>YO...ruth......  I still think they SUCK, SUCK, SUCK...........Big time!

>Yeah, opinions is great, loved yours.  And yes, Ruthie, I would plunk
>down $300.00 for a bridle if I really, really, REALLY had to have it.
>Ain't money grand?  It gives us choices I know you'd love to have. <G>

>Now don't get in a tizzy, anyone can use anything they damned well
>please.  Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. I just think leather is
>far superior to anything plastic, and I'm sure there are others who feel
>the same.  And I suppose those same horses are wearing Biothane bridles?
>(Ick, and double ick!)

>jaz

--
To each his own, I think.  I can only HOPE the horses are wearing
biothane brides.  Much less risk from galling.  Comming from someone
who has owned horses and tack for 30 some odd years, (and was
religious about cleaning and conditioning leather tack), biothane
is infinitely superiour.

Karen

 
 
 

Opinions on Wintec Saddles, best type of saddle for me

Post by r.. » Sat, 07 Sep 1996 04:00:00

(I really hate when I get posts 2nd hand...)

Quote:
> >YO...ruth......  I still think they SUCK, SUCK, SUCK...........Big time!

Suck, huh?  I have a bumper sticker on my car that says  
"Mean People Suck"  The other day I saw a car with one
that said "Nice People Swallow"  <sigh>

Think as you may...I love em!   Got mine, used, for a hundred
bucks!  When I first bought it my friend and I went to see our
trainer.  She was so proud to show off her new custom made 3K
dressage saddle (they took a mold of her horse's back, blah
blah blah...whatever).  Anyway,  within 1 minute of entering
the arena she got the famous "Come-to-me!"  She was very
unhappy to hear that her saddle should fit her horse more like
mine.  <snicker>  She wouldn't speak to me on the way home...

Quote:

> >Yeah, opinions is great, loved yours.  And yes, Ruthie,

Ruthie?!?   Hey watch it,  I hardly know you!  <g>

 I would plunk

Quote:
> >down $300.00 for a bridle if I really, really, REALLY had to have it.

What on earth could possibly make a bridle worth 300 clams?
If I pay $300 bucks for a bridle it better do dishes & laundry too!

Quote:
> >Now don't get in a tizzy,

But I LIKE tizzies.  

Quote:
>>anyone can use anything they
>>damned well please.  Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

Good for you Rhett, you'll live longer that way!

Quote:
>> I just think leather is far superior to anything plastic, and I'm sure

there are others who feel the same.  And I suppose those same horses
are wearing Biothane bridles?

No.  But mine will be wearing one slopping through
the muck and the mire this Sunday.  A hunter pace
in a hurricane what a wonderful idea!  Thank goodness
for plastic!   (smooth leather reins, thank you!)

Quote:
> >(Ick, and double ick!)

Three scoops, eh?  Want plastic sprinkles?

Ruth CM

Quote:

> >jaz

 
 
 

Opinions on Wintec Saddles, best type of saddle for me

Post by s.. » Sun, 08 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>  I am looking for a new saddle and need HELP.  I've gone through three
>  saddles in the last three years and haven't found anything that I like,
>  that fits my horse or that fits me.  I don't have a lot of money to
>  spend, and would like to get a saddle that I won't re-sell next year.

>  I like to ride English, and find dressage saddles very comfortable, with
>  a deep seat.  I only do trail riding, and might try endurance riding next
>  summer.  My friend might sell me her older dressage saddle, but I also
>  saw several Wintec (synthetic) saddles in a catalog that looked nice.  
>  Does anyone have any good/bad or other comments on the Wintec line?  
>  Also, would an all-purpose, dressage, or eventing saddle work best for
>  trail and endurance riding?

>  HELP!  I need advice quick, because I've stopped riding my horse because
>  I hate my present saddle so much (an Australian saddle that fits neither
>  one of us!).

>  Lisa Olson-McDonald
>  Old McDonald's Farm
>  Sparta, WI

I like Wintecs but think you need to get an all purpose if you are going to gallop any so
that you can shorten your stirrups without your knees coming off the saddle.

I have done trail riding in my dressage saddle (a County) and would not recommend it
for long rides.  I prefer my friends western saddle.

Susan