"Euro" synthetic dressage saddle, anyone ridden surrounded by one?
How do you like it? What are the pro's and con's?
Thinking of buying one for my new , tender backed ottb tb.
Thanks within advance!
I've owned BOTH kinds and the leather ones are still next to me. In the early 90's I traded a set of corner plates for a Wintec Sport and grant it, it was a GREAT saddle, BUT the difference surrounded by sitting in one vs my now 39 year old Stubben Siegfried is close to the difference between owning a Saturn and trying to compare it to a Mercedes. Let's see if the Wintec holds up to the standards of a Stubben nearly 40 years later.
Our reasoning behind this is that a synthetic, no thing how they make 'em has no "GIVE", that's one of the reasons for the interchangable gullets within the saddles of the Wintecs. I can honestly say in the decades of owning my Siegfried (Stubben), I've NEVER have it on a horse it didn't fit and I've owned a LOT of different sized/breeds of horses. From WIDE Quarter Horses to Narrow TBs and even a couple of Arabs.
If you're limited on funds, then try e-bay and find a good used saddle.