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Wintec 500 Dressage II Saddle with CAIR

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Wintec 500 Dressage II Saddle with CAIR

The Wintec 500 Dressage Saddle with CAIR® panels works with the EASY-CHANGE™ Fit Solution to provide a great fit and comfort for your horse. Ideal for helping you achieve a proper dressage position, this synthetic dressage saddle has padded, suede-like integrated knee blocks for security and includes the Flexibloc system.

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Item #: X1-15627
List: $695.00
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The Wintec 500 Dressage saddle sets new standards in comfort and performance and helps position you correctly. This saddle is ideal for helping you develop a strong dressage position, and it offers a slightly wider, more comfortable seat. Made of durable, weather-resistant synthetic material, it has ergonomic, nicely padded and suede-like integrated knee blocks to provide more security in the saddle. The Flexibloc System lets you adjust the blocks to your personal preference.

This Wintec saddle also features world-leading performance systems: the CAIR® Cushion System and the EASY-CHANGE™ Fit Solution. These revolutionary systems work together to provide a fluid cushioning and a custom fit. CAIR panels hug your horse’s individual conformation to provide even weight distribution over the entire length of the panel.


Fit may be adjusted by the EASY-CHANGE™ Gullet and EASY-CHANGE™ Riser Systems. Click here to learn more.

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.
Guidelines for Sizing a Dressage Saddle to a Rider
For dressage, you need to sit deeply in a neutral, balanced position on your horse. A saddle that fits you and your horse well will make achieving a good position easy. Long flaps on dressage saddles encourage a long stirrup length to maximize your ability to keep a relaxed leg in full contact with your horse. Thigh blocks designed to support your legs- long, short, large, small, external or under the flap -and the depth of the seat, are matters of personal preference.

The "twist" of a saddle is also a personal choice, 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 sit in a saddle and feel like you're sitting on a wide board, then the twist is too wide for your build. This could force you into a chair seat position, which puts you behind the horse's movement. A twist appropriately sized for you will allow your legs to hang down softly. If a twist is too narrow for you, your thighs won't feel supported. A professional saddle consultant can be sure that your ideal twist is appropriate for your horse's build.

Consider these guidelines as you look for your perfect fit in a dressage 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.