Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~
Because people are sheep and don't investigate when they are told things by saddle companies. A newbie horse owner thinks "Oh great I'll buy this one because it will fit my horse for sure, he belongs in the subset of every horse" and then ends up screwing the horse up, getting piled, etc..
Not something I like to support with my $$. Especially not when there are so many excellent older saddles for the same or less price that fit so much better looking for homes.
I don't find a leather saddle to require much more care than a synthetic either. I've had mine for 4 years and ridden in it every day and it is still looking great. The leather in some parts is actually just starting to get well broken in. A synthetic does not hold up to that use. I've seen Wintecs used for as long and as hard with holes in the flaps.
I've also seen many not-too-old nice leather saddles with holes in the flaps. I've had my wintec for about 7 years now, and while I don't ride in it every
day it has probably been used an average of 5x per week over the course of its life. My old trainer has had hers for much longer and it is also looking lovely. I know that leather doesn't require a full cleaning and conditioning after every ride to stay in top shape, but I love how my synthetic needs almost no maintenance to stay nice. If I had a nice leather saddle I would put the work into maintaining it, but I do prefer not having that be a necessity. I will say, however, that the Wintec webbers synthetic leathers don't hold up enormously well. Mine have lasted as long as my saddle has, but they are looking quite worn. And, contrary to what they like to tell you, they DO stretch. I love the convenience and low-key nature of them though, so I live with the wear!
I'm not trying to say that everyone should run out and buy a synthetic saddle, but I do think that they definitely have their benefits!