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How to change a gullet on a Wintec or Bates Saddle
Changing a gullet can be daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. We at Sheepham Saddles are here to show you how to change the gullet in your Wintec or Bates saddle easily, so you can spend even more time in the saddle!
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11 SIMPLE STEPS
You can determine which sized gullet your horse needs but using either the Wintec easy change gullet gauge to measure them, or by getting your horse measured by your saddler.
Once you have purchased the right sized gullet for your horse it’s now time to put the gullet into the saddle.
Once you have your new gullet, it’s time to determine where the screws are on your saddle. In older Wintec & Bates saddles screws can be located under the pommel, and can be easily seen if you sit the saddle on it’s cantle as per below.
In newer models the screws can be located either under the skirt at the side of the panel, or concealed via a dropdown D ring.
Next you will need to expose the sides of the gullet in order to remove it fully. You will need to do this by removing the tree plates from their keepers, you will also need to remove any flexiblocs, or point girth straps to do this.
On each side of your Wintec or Bates saddle is a tree plate that sits inside a keeper within the saddle flap. To remove these all you have to do is simply pull down on the saddle flap one at a time, and the tree plate should slide out of place exposing the sides of the gullet, along with two more screws as per pic.
Next you will need to put the tree plates back into the keepers, if you look down the side of your saddle flap you will be able to see the keepers each side which will look like the pic. Once you have located the keepers, simply slot the tree point back into them firmly and you should be left with something that looks like this.
Now comes the trickiest part which is sticking the tab back to the Velcro, when doing this it’s extremely important to line the holes in the protective flap up with the metal cylinders which you will need to screw the screws back into, if you don’t line these up properly you will be unable to put the screws back into the saddle.
For further information on Wintec or Bates saddles, then please contact one of our saddlery experts on 07478 467610
Wintec & Bates Gullet Sizes
Wintec & Bates gullets come in many different sizes including:
- Yellow (Narrow)
- Green (Medium Narrow)
- Black (Medium)
- Blue (Medium Wide)
- Red (Wide)
- White (Extra Wide)
And for the Wintec & Bates wide range:
- White (1 Extra Wide)
- Lilac (2 Extra Wide)
- Violet (3 Extra Wide)
- Dark Purple (4 Extra Wide)
(Please note the wide range of gullets should only ever be used in the wide range of saddles).