Originally Posted by blue eyed pony
Honestly - and I have a synthetic dressage saddle - you're better off getting a quality older leather dressage saddle second hand. An older Stubben or Kieffer perhaps. The Bates Caprilli dressages are just lovely too.
The synthetic models that are available aren't that great... yeah sure there's the Wintec Isabell which some people love [mine is a cheap copy of the Isabell] but you know a lot of people HATE them too. A Western rider might find themselves right at home just with the very deep bucket seat and the fact that in an Isabell, you HAVE to ride with super-long stirrups or it causes problems... I am a very casual rider and I hate mine... it just does odd things to my position and I can't for the life of me sit the trot in it, or get my leg on in trot or canter!
I really REALLY want a Black Country dressage saddle, or a KN, or something like that, but when the Black Country retails at almost $4000 new and the KN is easily $3500 SECOND HAND, not in this lifetime... [we are talking Aussie prices though, here in Aus it's actually cheaper to import from the USA even taking into account occasionally exorbitant shipping fees!]
I agree. On Ebay
there are hundreds of dressage saddles, used like new, used, etc, for a fraction of the price, and you are getting a much better quality saddle. Besides, if you stick to the good names, you can resell it and get your money back, if cheated, Paypal will protect you.