Wintec Lite AP Cair Saddle

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Experience the ultimate in horse and rider comfort in the NEW lightweight saddle from Wintec. The new Winteclite All Purpose Saddle features high-tech, quick-drying, easy care Equi-Fabric that is extremely lightweight, soft and comfortable.  The Winteclite All Purpose Saddle features the CAIR®  Cushion system and new ultra soft panel lining to ensure your horse’s maximum comfort for freedom of movement and saddle stability. The EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution™ enabling your saddle to be custom fitted in minutes to your horse’s changing shape for optimal comfort and performance. Select the optimal tree width for your horse’s current shape and muscling with the EASY-CHANGE Gullet System™, or make adjustments to the panel for optimal balance and clearance with the EASY-CHANGE Riser System™. Together these systems offer unparalleled scope of adjustment for a total fitting solution that’s not only easy, but measurable, and completely reversible to give you total confidence in achieving the perfect custom fit.
Ideal for leisure riding and at less than half the weight of a traditional leather saddle, and with the option to personalise your saddle with the uniquely removable and customisable cantle, the new Winteclite saddles truly offer Half the weight and Double the fun!

The Winteclite All Purpose in brief:
• Durable, quick-drying Equi-Fabric superior comfort
• CAIR® Cushion System and new ultra soft panel lining to provide a maximised bearing surface with fluid cushioning for your horse’s working muscles and superior saddle stability
• New EASY-CHANGE Fit Solution™ for an unparalleled scope of adjustment enabling you to custom fit your saddle in minutes.
• The adjustable Flexibloc® system allows you to tailor your thigh and knee support to improve your comfort and position.
• The safety girth point system enables you to use four different girth point positions for additional saddle stability.

How to fit a saddle

Taking a template: -

It is useful to take a template for the saddler so that we can gain an idea of the fit the horse will need. To do this you can use a "Flexi Curve" which can be purchased from most art/stationary stores, if you are unable to obtain one of these then a bendy wire coat hanger will surfice.

Mould the "Flexi Curve" or wire coat hanger over the horses wither where the front points of the saddle fits. Draw around the template on a plain piece of paper, A4 size will be good.

A second template of the horses back can be taken by placing the "Flexi Curve" down the horse spine from the wither towards his tail, this will give our saddlers an idea of the horses back confirmation which may also help in finding a suitable saddle.

A saddle to suit the horse:-

Horse vary in breed and confirmation. A wide range of horses are generally easy to fit but certain breeds such as cobs, arabs and high withered thoroughbreds can be a little bit more tricky. There are styles of saddles which are specifically made for these types of horses which maybe more suitable.

A saddle to suit the rider:-

As well as it being essential that the saddle fits the horse, it is also important to fit the rider. Style is often important depending on what you are doing eg: dressage, showing, showjumping etc. The most popular style is General Purpose which is suitable for all levels of riding and competition. Dressage and Jumping saddles are more specific styles, for eg, you would not wish to showjump in a dressage saddle.

A guide to seat size:-

Upto a 15" for a small child/toddler.
16" for the average child/small teenager.
17" Average teenager/lady.
18" for the average man.

How to fit a saddle:-

Stand your horse on a flat surface and stand him square. Place the saddle on the horse back. Look for the saddle to sit level across the tree from pommel to cantle. The bearing surface needs to have a good contact all along the horses back with no bridging in the centre or rocking. There needs to be good clearance of about 3-4 fingers at the pommel as well as clearance along the horse spine. Once the fit looks good at this point then girth the saddle up. If the saddle is still sitting level without excessive lifting off the horses back then the rider can sit on the saddle.

Once the rider is in place check again the clearance of the saddle with someone viewing from the ground. The saddle will have dropped slightly with the riders weight but still requires 3 fingers clearance at the pommel with good clearance down the spine, you should be able to see daylight through the channel.

At this point you need to see the saddle ridden in all three gaits, again by someone viewing from the ground. Check the saddle is sitting relatively still with no excessive bouncing or lifting off the horses back.

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