Synthetic saddles? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 Old 01-09-2013, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Ingleside Tx
Posts: 51
• Horses: 1
Synthetic saddles?

I'm tossing around the idea of a synthetic Aussie endurance saddle.
I currently have a cheapo English saddle that fits my Quarab fairly decent, but it doesn't put me in the best position for a ride of any real distance, and unless I put Velcro on my button and seat, I'm not staying IN it either lol! My boy is pretty full of it sometimes and I know my limits because I'm primarily a western rider. I also have my huge bulky silver encrusted western show saddle that obviously isn't an option either.

SO what I'm getting at is, does anyone have input on synthetic saddles?

I had one about 15 years ago when I was a kid and from what I remember it was pretty good. It was an Abetta western saddle and extremely light weight and durable. Doesn't that fit the bill for what we're all looking for in an endurance saddle? I'm thinking an Aussie endurance saddle because its less bulk than western, the stirrup leathers are more narrow and flexible than western, which is good for me and my horrible knees, and the poleys act as extra insurance for when Kix decides to act a fool haha! The one I'm looking at is the Kimberly Synthetic Endurance Saddle with Horn...
Synthetic Horse Saddles - Western and Australian Styles
Also, the fact that this company customizes all the trees, as well as gives one free fitting after purchase, and synthetic can get wet, are more huge selling points for me.
If its too good to be true, then it can't be true ,can it? Haha I don't wanna get duped because this sounds like the perfect saddle for me! Help!
Griffith361 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 13 Old 01-09-2013, 01:14 PM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: MN
Posts: 5,464
• Horses: 3
Two of the saddles I used for endurance were synthetic. (Big Horn western and a Thorowgood multi purpose) They were great!

As long as they fit your horse, why not?
mls is offline  
post #3 of 13 Old 01-09-2013, 04:25 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: NE Pa
Posts: 3,805
• Horses: 4
Originally Posted by Griffith361 View Post
The one I'm looking at is the Kimberly Synthetic Endurance Saddle with Horn...
I have no personal experience with this brand, but have found synthetics in general to be either really nice or really not. I have a Wintec Aussie that I used when I was breaking babies and it held up great (in fact, its still out in the tack room looking barely used). I have heard good and bad things about Abettas, so not sure if that is a model thing or just dumb luck. Have you searched for online reviews about Kimberly saddles?

I know you said you are used to riding western.. but I still shudder at the idea of a horn on my endurance saddle as I think I would be harpooning myself on it while trying to duck trees (or being hung up on it when I slither out of the saddle like a wet noodle at a 90 mile hold ). I guess you get used to avoiding it, but personally I would look at a model without a horn. As you already said, they poleys are there to give you some extra stick in the saddle for those excited pony moments.

There is no joy equal to that found on the back of a horse.
phantomhorse13 is online now  
post #4 of 13 Old 01-09-2013, 08:06 PM
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Crestwood, KY
Posts: 142
• Horses: 3
Call Down Under first and ask them about fit for your horse's shape. They told me the endurance aussies they make won't work well for my high withered horse. Also, the endurance versions they make have foam panels, and I much prefer wool flocking ("serge" panels in aussie saddles). I ended up getting their Master Campdraft Deluxe, which I really like, but it is not synthetic.
TheOtherHorse is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old 01-13-2013, 09:59 PM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 305
• Horses: 4
I have a Wintec synthetic aussie and it serves me well. It is a bit heavier than an endurance saddle but it is still light weight and has held up fantastic through the years. I like that it does not have a horn and some Dawn dish soap and the hose clean it just fine!

The love for a horse is just as complicated as the love for another human being...If you never love a horse, you will never understand.
Kato is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old 01-13-2013, 10:09 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 3,246
• Horses: 2
A friend of mine uses an Wintec aussie for CTRs. She rides about 35 miles a weekend. Her horse is never sore and the saddle seems to fit well. She loves her saddle. She wore out one (the flap got a hole rubbed in it) and she just bought another one.

I find them sort of heavy for an endurance saddle, but whatever works!
Brighteyes is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 01-16-2013, 08:02 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 337
• Horses: 2
I have a Barefoot Cheyenne Endurance saddle which is synthetic. I love it! It is tough and easy to clean, and darn comfy. Since my mare is short backed and round, the treeless was the way to go, but it was too expensive to buy a leather one. The synthetic was less expensive, but I am actually glad I got it, especially since I ride in the rain now and then!
2SCHorses is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 01-17-2013, 08:27 PM
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 5
• Horses: 0
I have a Wintec Aussie and it is the most comfortable saddle I have sat my rump in! I also appreciate the simplicity of the saddle's maintenance.
borntofly is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 01-17-2013, 08:49 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 3,402
• Horses: 0
I have a synthetic Kimberly hornless endurance saddle. Unfortunately, because I'm getting over an injury, I have not been able to give it a proper endurance test. Otherwise, I really like it - it fits the horse I got it for very well (medium with regard to width of back and height of whithers) and I find it quite comfortable. I think I'm probably going to get another one this year for my "wideglides" because the saddle is light (about 13 lbs) and even though my shoulder has improved I still won't be able to lift my heavy saddles for the foreseeable future.

Some pros are light weight, easy to maintain and good price. A con might be that because it is synthetic is won`t last as long as a leather one (I`ve not had mine that long so can`t say for sure how long it would last).
Chevaux is offline  
post #10 of 13 Old 01-17-2013, 09:29 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 17,193
• Horses: 0
I have a western altho hornless endurance leather and cordura saddle. Thought it would fit my horse and it doesn't.
Saddlebag is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Synthetic Saddles? CowgirlK Horse Tack and Equipment 8 05-08-2012 08:42 AM
Synthetic saddles furbabymum Horse Tack and Equipment 24 01-14-2012 03:26 PM
HDR Synthetic saddles Eliz Horse Tack and Equipment 4 03-07-2011 10:50 PM
Synthetic saddles? manhirwen Horse Tack and Equipment 16 04-10-2009 08:36 AM
Synthetic Saddles. Mcfrumple Horse Tack and Equipment 10 11-17-2008 10:01 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome