I'm pretty good at telling if a saddle is the right shape and gullet size, so if it's right, it's right and there won't be any issues. I will get a fitter out if it's close but not perfect. I won't bother if it's just all wrong as 8 out of 10 saddle fitters will tell you to just buy another saddle and I'm going to buy the right saddle first time round. Even if it takes time.
I really dislike Cair too, would much prefer flocking given the choice, but if I'm buying second hand I don't have that choice unless I keep searching and pray that I find the right saddle for the right price without cair! Otherwise I can always save a little longer and buy a Wintec 500 CC online for roughly the same price as I'm looking at paying for this one, or if this one isn't right, like I said I'll be talking to the saddle fitter/shop owner about buying a Trainers on finance. I do like synthetic, though, for the low maintenance - I'm really bad at looking after leather!
I do like the higher-end Trainers saddles a lot, but unfortunately none of them will fit my horse. With the sole exception of the Trainers XC all purpose, and I really need a proper jumping saddle, not another AP. I have been dreaming of a Trainers Pro Deluxe but they are too banana-shaped for his back, otherwise I'd be saving madly for one of those. Literally the only saddles I can find that look even close are the Wintec, the Trainers Master, Bates Momentum, Riviera Nice, and a few that are well outside budget (as in, $4000+ - wayyyy too much!)... and I'm not totally sold on the shape of the Bates! There is a model of Collegiate that looks like it would fit but I can't for the life of me remember which one it was.
A CLEAN SLATE FOR THE FUTURE