Wintec Pro Endurance Saddle is rated
Rated 5 out of
Horse mom 3
Awesome! Better than expected
I was not sure what to expect and looked at this saddle for a while before doing a test ride. I have always ridden English and I am trail riding more these days on a young horse. My jumping saddle is not comfortable for trail riding and my dressage saddle didn't feel right on this horse. I tried a western saddle but I just don't like western saddles. This one is perfect. The amount of security it gives you with the knee blocks is really nice on spooky horses and going down steep hills! It still rides like an English saddle, which I wanted, but is comfy and has lots of rings to put on saddle bags or tie on a rain jacket. I really like this saddle and I think more people would really like it if they tried it. If your on the fence because it says endurance just try it. I don't ride endurance but do trail ride long rides all over the USA. Really helps you feel secure if out of shape or spooky horses! Do wish it was a little more reasonable priced like other Wintecs and it is heavier than my winter dressage, but over all it's nice and comfy on horse and human.
Date published: 2022-06-06
Rated 5 out of
I have been searching for a saddle to fit my broad-as-a-barn Haflinger pony and hoped this one, with all the built-in fitting adjustments might be perfect. I ordered a wide template, too, as I was sure it would be needed. Well, I was wrong and never actually got to try the saddle. After difficulty loosening screws to change the gullet plate, I realized that it might be easier to simply try the wide plate for fit before going further. For this mare, wide wasn't wide enough, but the experience deserves a review. There are SO many ways to fit this saddle! Of course, the gullet width can be altered, but there's more. The stirrup bar is adjustable. The panels can accept shims to balance, fit, or compensate for a horse's asymmetry. Even the billet straps can be adjusted. On top of that, the suede-like finish is beautiful, will be grippy and comfortable on a trail ride, and there are ample rings to use for tying on gear. These positive factors coupled with a very reasonable price and the unbeatable service from SmartPak make this saddle a great choice. I am looking forward to seeing it in the extra-wide category, but to make the next attempt easier, I'll just order the gullet bars I might need before ordering a test ride saddle. Now that I know about the quality and features, I believe that would be the simplest route to take.
Date published: 2021-07-01