So riding in a western saddle has been less than ideal. I don’t think it would be so bad if the saddle were not so small, but it is a 16.5″, and I think we can all agree that I am more of an 18″ kind of rider! Since I started riding the Mare I have been keeping an eye out on craigslist and ebay for used wintec dressage saddles. The more I think about it, the more I am realizing that my life for the next who knows how many years is going to involve catch riding. My saddle is set to fit warmbloods with big shoulders and no withers, I don’t want to pay $200 each time I start riding a new horse. The mare is only mine for another 2 months anyway so I don’t want to fit a saddle to her.
That got me thinking though about the wintec with the changeable gullets. That way I could have a cheap saddle that could fit her, the next horse, the horse after that, etc. The more days I ride in a saddle that doesn’t fit me well the more important I feel it is to be comfortable when riding. So with no such luck on any of the discount sites I was starting to get discouraged. My original budget for a spare saddle was $350. I figured it would be $200 for an adjustment anyway and I would be willing to kick in an extra $150 for something that would have such an impact in my life. Just last week I got a the check from that Tack Sale I went to a few months ago. I am thinking that I will keep the amount of adjustment and increase my budget to the amount that I made in the tack sale, which means I have about $500 for a spare saddle now.
So this morning I was checking my e-mail when a tack store I order from sometimes sent me a coupon e-mail. They will give $75 off an order of $500. On a whim, I checked out their saddle selection. They have a wintec dressage saddle in my price range, brand new and it includes the easy change gullet system and shipping at no extra charge. I immediately went to buy it, but I stopped myself. I don’t want to make a rash decision.
I want to know if anyone out there has ever had a wintec saddle. Did you like it? Did the gullet system work? Were you able to change the gullets? Did it fit most horses? Were the saddles comfortable? Anyone out there have a wintec dressage? What model? Would it be worth the extra $100 to get a different model? I did get a gift card for my birthday that has been sitting around. I would rather use it on something else, but it could go towards the saddle if the basic dressage saddle from wintec is no good but the other models are amazing. I am open to all thoughts.