Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever
Well I just got my horse this week so I haven't had a chance to find a Western saddle that fits him(I have lots,just have to put them on him and see which works best)
Is a Synthetic english saddle any good?
Have you ridden him yet at all?
You said your horse is a two year old? I wouldn't try english with him untill he is a bit older (like four or so) and you've taken formal lessons. English is a whole different ball game than western. I've known people who rode western for years and years. And they could ride any horse. The second they rode in an english saddle, they fell and hurt themselves. English is all about muscle strength, and without it, hitting the ground is a promise. Especially on a two year old.
Maybe try riding english on another, better trained horse. And with people you know (or better, an instructor).
Just keep your safetly in mind hun.
As for synthetic, for a first saddle. It's great. Little to no care required. However, if you get serious about english someday and want to show. You bet you'll need a real one. But for now, synthetic stuff is great. Especially since your still growing and will most likely need a new size in a couple years. :)
I was in a 17 inch at your age. Now I ride in a 18/19 inch.
Hope this helps.