My horse is in love with this saddle!
I am a total saddle snob and it took a lot of convincing for me to try the Isabell. But after having tried countless saddles on my young horse I finally gave in and tried a student’s Wintec Isabell. From the beginning it fit like custom. I prefer leather but not wanting to spend a lot of money on a young “exuberant” horse who changes shape seemingly everyday I purchased a Wintec Isabell with the plan to buy a Bates in a year or two. My horse and I were was so happy with the Wintec that I went ahead and ordered a Bates version within a month. Not only is the Bates Isabell beautiful and comfortable for me my horse loves it (I swear he sighs happily when tacked). It’s also a bit of a money saver - normally I’d have a fitter out every other month so being able to fit the saddle as needed has been a game changer. Of course I have saved the Wintec for trail rides, the Bates is far too nice to risk going up a mountain in.
Dear Michelle, thank you so much for this absolutely wonderful review.