Originally Posted by -xx-sally-xx-
i agree with the synthetic saddles being easy to care for, but a little extra work wont hurt to look after a leather. I've had both a wintec and a status saddle but never again! The wintec damaged my horses back perminately. As for the status, out of 4 horses it fitted.. well none. I now have a concord all purpose that I got for $AUS500 2nd hand but it does the job and does it well..
If you're not willing to pay alot because you don't ride english often I can understand.. try for a second hand one (as long as it gets examined correctly my a saddle fitter!!). In my personal experience, the best saddles are concord, bates, county (if your horse fits them) and syd hill.. very good saddle makers and they last years!!
Were you looking for an all purpose, dressage, turnout, jumping etc.? As we're currently in the process of a tack room clean up :P
Let me know how it goes!!
It's true that leather saddles are by far, more superior. I would also encourage you to save up and spend more time putting money aside to get a really nice second hand saddle. In the long run a saddle is a long term investment. There are some really nice ones in excellent shape for affordable prices.