Cracked Wintec Tree?

Tern

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I have just gone to replace my wintec gullet from a medium to a medium-wide. When I last changed the gullet there was no crack. The crack is about 5 inches long down the plastic bit under the pommel? The saddle has not been dropped and horse has not fallen onto it.

Can I get this replaced or do I need to dish out on a new saddle? (Which, really, I can't afford to do right now)
When I do the broken-tree test there is no sign it's broken. therefore I wouldn't have known if I hadn't changed the gullet. (Cantle on hip and pull towards you from pommel)
 

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I have just gone to replace my wintec gullet from a medium to a medium-wide. When I last changed the gullet there was no crack. The crack is about 5 inches long down the plastic bit under the pommel? The saddle has not been dropped and horse has not fallen onto it.

Can I get this replaced or do I need to dish out on a new saddle? (Which, really, I can't afford to do right now)
When I do the broken-tree test there is no sign it's broken. therefore I wouldn't have known if I hadn't changed the gullet. (Cantle on hip and pull towards you from pommel)
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You can get the tree replaced. My saddler replaced mine for me after my horse had an accident and rolled on it.
 

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That test for a broken tree is for the bars of the tree the seat part. It won't tell you about a broken pommel. I wouldn't bother getting the tree replaced on a synthetic saddle. If the tree has broken through wear and tear what other parts could be wearing out next.? Synthetics aren't like q decent leather saddle they're not designed to last forever.
 

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I've had 4 wintec saddles in my time and two of them have had cracked saddles! likewise they weren't dropped to my knowledge and the wintec people told me that as I didn't have any warranty it wouldn't be worth replacing the tree
 

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Don't worry. Saddler said it would be worth just getting a whole new saddle as other things are starting to go wrong with it like the gullet bar too.. So i'll be chucking it into the skip once I find another saddle!
 

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Don't worry. Saddler said it would be worth just getting a whole new saddle as other things are starting to go wrong with it like the gullet bar too.. So i'll be chucking it into the skip once I find another saddle!
I'd not wait until you've found another saddle, I'd be chucking it in the bin now!
 

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Oh, trust me, it's not going to be used ever again! :)

But i'll wait until my Father next makes a trip to the dump!
phhhheeewww! I didn't want to be rude and say don't use it hehe!

I was worried because when one of mine was broken my horses started rearing, which is how I realised there was an issue
 

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Thank you! However, I have no clue how old the saddle is as it came with the mare 3 years ago and has always been visibly sound.

Took it to saddler today and it a write off so off to look for a new saddle!
I'd give them a ring and give them the serial number and they will tell you how old it is :)
 

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phhhheeewww! I didn't want to be rude and say don't use it hehe!

I was worried because when one of mine was broken my horses started rearing, which is how I realised there was an issue
Ah, don't worry! If I had known earlier I would have stopped using it but it's only because the crack is now visible when changing the gullet.

Horse hasn't changed which is what confused me.. however now I have taken the gullet out and it's sitting on the saddle stand you can see it is all wrong inside.
 

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I had a small crack develop on a Wintec tree, my saddler spotted it before there were any noticeable problems with the horse and Wintec replaced the tree for free without question.

Tern makes a good point - I deliberately vandalise any dodgy stuff I chuck out to avoid exactly that kind of risk.
 

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Would it be worth writing "broken tree" on the seat when putting it in the dump so no one tries to buy it out of the dump?
Take a stanley knife to it, really go to town on the seat and flaps, it's the only way to stop unscrupulous people re selling them on ebay.
When I dump saddles I do this and cut off the flaps, skirts and girth straps, Oz (Saddler)
 
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