How do I tell if my saddle has the EASY-CHANGE® Gullet System?
If your saddle has two large black screws clearly visible in the top of the chamber at the head of the saddle it has the EASY-CHANGE® Gullet System. On older models these black screw maybe positioned under the skirt on your saddle. Some models may features the screws under the skirt on the saddle, or may have a concealed system whereby the falldown fitting (D-rings) either side of the pommel simply unscrew.
How do I know if the saddle has the EASY-CHANGE® Fit Solution?
Turn the saddle upside down and look under the pommel, the saddle should have an EASY-CHANGE® Fit Solution badge in the chamber. If not, check your saddle’s unique serial number stamped into the underside of the underflap – if the saddle has the letters ‘IP’ stamped within the serial number then the saddle is compatible with both the EASY-CHANGE® Gullet System and EASY-CHANGE® Riser System. For more information on the EASY-CHANGE® Fit Solution CLICK HERE.
How do I know what size gullet my saddle has?
All new saddles are fitted with a medium gullet (black) at point of manufacture. If your gullet has been changed after purchase the colours are sized as follows: Yellow – Narrow, Green – Medium Narrow, Black – Medium, Blue – Medium wide, Red – Wide, and White is Extra wide. Specialised WIDE models accommodating the EASY-CHANGE® Gullet System WIDE feature four ultra wide gullet plates 1XW, 2XW, 3XW, 4XW.
How do I determine the correct Gullet size for my horse?
Ask your local stockist about the EASY-MEASURE Gullet Gauge, which will help you determine what the correct size gullet for your horse is. Click here to watch our video clip on selecting the right size gullet plate for your horse.
How do I change the gullet on my saddle featuring EASY-CHANGE®?
Saddles featuring the EASY-CHANGE® Gullet System allow you to alter the width of the saddle tree for your horse's conformation. For further information on EASY-CHANGE® Gullet System please CLICK HERE to watch the video clip on making changes in your saddle. If your saddle was manufactured prior to the EASY-CHANGE® Gullet System then the gullet can be changed by a saddler.
How easy is it to make adjustments within the saddle?
The EASY-CHANGE® Gullet System is EASY… it may take you 15 minutes the first time you change a Gullet, but you will become quicker as you get more familiar with it.
What tools will I need?
The only tool you need is a Phillips head 3 screwdriver.
Why must I only use genuine EASY-CHANGE® Gullet Plates?
Genuine EASY-CHANGE® Gullet plates are engineered to be completely rigid, ensuring they cannot spread or change shape under normal usage. Gullet plates will remain true to their size throughout their life. The use of non-genuine component parts in your saddle will void any manufacturer warranty.
Can the EASY-CHANGE® WIDE Gullet System be used in standard saddles?
Standard saddles have been specifically designed to accommodate the EASY-CHANGE® Gullet Range in the six interchangeable gullet plates as follows: Narrow – Yellow, Medium Narrow – Green, Medium – Black, Medium Wide – Blue, Wide – Red and Extra Wide – White.
Using the EASY-CHANGE® WIDE Gullet Range in these standard saddles will distort and weaken the Elastiflex tree, which may lead to a breakage that would not be covered under the manufacturers' warranty.
Additional information on our EASY-CHANGE® Fit Solution (including the EASY-CHANGE® Gullet System), is available at www.easychangefitsolution.com
Can the EASY-CHANGE® Gullet System be used in WIDE saddles?
WIDE saddles have been specifically designed to suit horses with particularly wide conformations and include a broad chamber and a uniquely wide Elastiflex tree. The EASY-CHANGE® WIDE Gullet System consists of four interchangeable gullet plates as follows: 1 Extra Wide – in light purple to 4 Extra Wide in dark purple.
Using the standard EASY-CHANGE® Gullet Range in these WIDE saddles will distort and weaken the Elastiflex tree, which may lead to a breakage that would not be covered under the manufacturers' warranty.
Additional information on our EASY-CHANGE® Fit Solution (including the EASY-CHANGE® WIDE Gullet System), is available at www.easychangefitsolution.com
Can all Wintec Stock Saddles use with the full range of EASY-CHANGE® Gullets?
Prior to 2006, the original Wintec Pro Stock Saddles were not designed to accommodate the largest gullet in the standard EASY-CHANGE® Gullet System range (Extra Large - White). As such these saddles contain a large warning label which is visible when opening the saddle to change the gullet as doing so will distort and weaken the tree, which may lead to a breakage not covered under the manufacturers' warranty.
Since 2006, there has been a change of model name to include Wintec Pro Stock CS, which can now accommodate the full range of six interchangeable gullet plates in the EASY-CHANGE® Gullet System as follows: Narrow – Yellow, Medium Narrow – Green, Medium – Black, Medium Wide – Blue, Wide – Red and Extra Wide – White.