I'm new to this so here goes! Sorry bout it being so long!
I've been looking at the new(ish) WOW saddles and considering buying one. I aslo have problems with my Wintec in the meantime.
Hoping someone knows something about the WOW saddles and might be able to suggest a solution to the Wintecs problem.
I bought a Wintec 500 with Cair last year, hoping it would be everything I wanted from a saddle, at a price I could afford.
However, i've become disillusioned with it.
I have a beautiful 15.2 heavy weight cob, who, whilst not flat backed, is very very broad.
I had my saddle fitted (proffesionally I must add) 18mths ago.
She was fitted with a wide(red) gullet in the Wintec. I rode her in it and, being really unschooled and therefore making it difficult to tell, she seemed fine. the saddle fitted really high at the front but I was told it would bed down.
6mths ago I finally decided that there was someting wrong and got a different saddler out.
She took the gullet out of the saddle and demonstrated the fit, it was obvious it was too narrow. The widest Wintec do is only an exta wide ( far to narrow for my horse) and I had to get my farrier to bend (in the vice) the existing gullet by about 30 degrees!!!!!! That make's it something like an XXXXwide. (and god was it difficult to get back into the saddle!)
the first saddler had fitted the saddle to her with a width 30+ degree's too narrow!!
To be fair the reason they'd had done this was because it made the balance of the saddle correct ( but not a good enough excuse!).
The problem I now have with the saddle is the balance. The front sits too low and you can't really more padding in (although Wintec say you can) because there isn't enough space for the amount of padding needed.
The other major problem is that the tree is too curved to sit well on her back (and to be honest, any other wide-ish horse I've seen) and the saddle rocks front to back and the back flaps up and down when trotting. Incidently, it also does this when fitted to a much narrower horse who's with-in the 'changeable gullet' range. ( the picture-i f it's actually attatched which it probably hasn't- shows her with her saddle with no front raiser, showing the problem . Isn't she pretty!)
I have a non-slip pad with extra pading at the front to rise it but I'm still not happy with it.
Has anyone else had this problem and can you recommend something. I'm now very suspicious of saddlers, althought the second saddlers seemed competent.
Since all the probelms, I've been looking at other saddles and have come across the WOW saddle. Once I graduate, I'm hoping to buy, school and sell-on youngsters so a saddle that will fit all is essential. I've looked at treeless saddles but I'm not convinsed.
The great thing about the WOW it that it can be changed(apperently) to fit just about any shaped horse. (have a look at their website if you've not see it before - http://www.flair.uk.com/index.htm
However, I was hoping this about the Wintec (one of the reasons I bought it!)
The WOW saddles are really expensive but, if they do what they say they do, I should only need to buy one saddle. I can't afford to buy Pink a new saddle then have to buy more later.
Any one with any thought or experience of WOW saddles would be greatly received.
P.S anyone also know if WOW saddles have been mentioned n previous threads?- the search engine won't accept three letter words (have to be 4+) so I can't find it that way!