Originally Posted by BarrelChick4646 View Post
I always ride in jeans and I have recently noticed that since I got my new saddle for Christmas, that the saddle is more worn down now from riding in jeans, but i'm pretty sure it is because almost all of my jeans, have studs on the butt pocket so I don't think it would cause to much harm.
Concidering it is now only march I do worry about your saddle. If it is already marked then you have to be doing quite some damage to the leather.
I have an 8 yearold Farringtons show saddle, it is english showing saddle, the leather is butter soft and it has had 8 years of every day use (at least 1 hr sometimes 2 to 3 hrs and on the odd occasion 5-6 hours) there isnt a mark on my saddle
I have a 20 yearold Jeffries show saddle and apart from a mark where the stirrup leathers have gone there isnt any signs of wear at all.
Both are Top quality English saddles and both will last a life time if looked after well and that includes not riding in jeans!
Bsms, you may want something that will be sturdy and thick and last when you wear jeans, may I suggest then that you go for a western saddle as that is what they are designed to do.
I on the other hand ride in competition and I think nothing of shelling out £1000+ for a made to measure saddle that gives me the feel and look I need and untill you've ridden at this level you wont understand what is ment by the feel through the saddle. I'm also willing to have a master saddler up every 3 months to ensure the saddle continues to fit like a glove and that nothing is going to comprimise the horses preformance. When a competition can be won or lost by even the slightest amount of tension from a horse saddles and being able to feel what is going on is very very important.
I would not however take any of my show saddles for a gallop on the beach, I have a cheapy synthetic saddle for that as salt water rots stitching!
You wouldnt expect a pair of dress shoes to last if you go hiking in them but you wouldnt wear a pair of hiking boots to a fancy ball.
Hiking boots are robust and designed to take the wear and tair that comes along with climbing mountains wadeing through streams and being covered in mud, however I dare you to try and do a waltz or a foxtrot in them. Dress shoes can be equally high quality but they are finer and designed for a whole different purpose, they have the flexability and feel so that you could dance in and they are suitable for the situation, I wouldnt like to go walking up a mountain in them in them though.
Saddles are exactly the same, they are designed for different purposes, with different strengths and different weaknesses.