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Wintec 500 Close Contact Saddle

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Wintec 500 Close Contact Saddle

This Wintec 500 Close Contact Saddle with leather-look offers durability and an easily adjustable fit. Perfect for riders who prefer freedom of movement, it has a flat seat with a narrow twist. CAIR® panels provide fluid cushioning. The EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution allows you to adjust the saddle for a perfect fit on your horse.

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Item #: X1-15037
List: $745.00
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How to Size a Jump Saddle to a Rider
How to Clean
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The Wintec 500 Close Contact Saddle is hard-wearing, leather-look jumping saddle suited for riders who prefer greater freedom of movement in the seat. It’s also ideal for developing a strong, balanced jumping position. The flat seat with a narrow twist offers an ultra-close contact ride.

This Wintec saddle features world-leading performance systems: the CAIR® Cushion System and the EASY-CHANGE™ Fit Solution. CAIR panels provide fluid cushioning that hugs your horse’s individual conformation for even weight distribution over the entire length of the panel. The EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution, which encompasses the EASY-CHANGE Gullet System and EASY-CHANGE Riser System, lets you easily adjust the saddle’s fit on you horse.


Guidelines for Sizing a Jumping Saddle to a Hunter/Jumper Rider
A jumping, often called close contact, saddle that fits you well will help you achieve a correct riding position for taking fences and working on the flat. You'll require a fairly shallow seat with a low pommel and low cantle. Depending on your preferences, you may want knee rolls and rear thigh blocks (these vary greatly between models) combined with forward, short flaps with padded knee pads. Stirrup bars may be placed in a forward position. Together, these design features will allow you to assume a forward seat position with a short stirrup length.

Typically, a jumping saddle will have a fairly narrow "twist" to promote a close contact feel, though it is an aspect of saddle tree design intended to accommodate the horse's shape more than the rider's. The twist is located behind the pommel at the front of the saddle's seat. The front of any saddle tree has a steep angle to accommodate a horse's withers, while the back of the tree has a flatter angle to accommodate a horse's back. The twist occurs where the bars of the tree "twist" to form the transition between the front and back of the tree. The width of the strip of leather over the twist does not necessarily indicate the width of the twist.

If you feel like you're sitting on a wide board when you sit in a saddle, then the twist is too wide for your build. A twist appropriately sized for you will allow your legs to hang down softly. If a twist is too narrow for you, you won't feel supported. A professional saddle consultant can be sure that your ideal twist is appropriate for your horse's build.

Jumping saddles come with many differences of seat depth, flap rotations and flap lengths to accommodate rider preferences. Consider these guidelines as you look for your perfect fit in a jumping saddle.

  • Hip to knee length determines where your knee and leg fit in accordance to the angle and point of the flap. Look to fit this part of your leg first. The rotation and size of the saddle flap should complement the angle of your leg. Your knee should hit at the top point of the flap with at least two fingers to spare.
  • Saddle seat size affects your comfort, ability to move and effectiveness in seat aids. Ignore the seat size measurement of the saddle and work with what actually fits your body. Every manufacturer's saddle seat sizing will feel different. Most saddles require that you fit between three to four fingers (a hand's width) behind your bottom and the tip of the cantle. If you feel confined in a deep-seated saddle, then try the next seat size up.
  • Flap length is less important than the way the flap shape complements the angle of your leg. As a general guideline, the flap will fall only about a third of the way down your calf. The goal in determining flap length is to avoid having the edge of the saddle flap catch on the top of your tall boot or half chap.
  • Riding style, your own personal preference, for any one factor of the saddle and your position as determined by your unique physical build is always important. If you feel confined or restricted in a saddle, or conversely, do not feel supported, try another saddle.
To clean a synthetic saddle, sponge sections made of faux leather with a mixture of gentle dish soap and warm water. Rinse soap residue with a moist sponge, then buff the areas with a dry towel. Vacuum sections made of faux suede or knit fabric to remove hair and dust.