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    08-11-2010, 04:54 AM
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Question Full Synthetic Western Saddle Question

I'm doubting if there'll be any answers, but I figured I'd go ahead and ask this anyway...
I'm vegan (not associated with PETA and not any kind of crazy extremist, just to clarify! Please try to be respectful!) so I try to use only synthetic tack. So far I've had a lot of luck for the most part...I certainly don't ever compromise my horses' comfort or performance. So far, as far as saddles go, I've been pretty successful with Wintec saddles, especially on the English side of things.
I might possibly be getting a new western saddle soon, though, as I'll be getting a new horse (who will be ridden mostly Western). In the past I was never able to find a Western saddle that was totally synthetic with no leather points anywhere outside of a Wintec, and I'm still never able to find anything when I look but I'm just curious if anyone here knows of anything (of decent quality, of course)
I kind of doubt it but I figured I'd ask. If it turns out that my new horse doesn't fit any fully synthetic saddles I'm certainly not unwilling to pick up something like an Abetta (anything mostly synthetic with minimal leather) instead, I'm just more comfortable avoiding leather as much as possible.

**Note: I don't show and don't have any plans to show in the near future in anything beyond something small for fun.


Thank you for any and all help and for being respectful!
     
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    08-11-2010, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by rocky pony    
I'm doubting if there'll be any answers, but I figured I'd go ahead and ask this anyway...
I'm vegan (not associated with PETA and not any kind of crazy extremist, just to clarify! Please try to be respectful!) so I try to use only synthetic tack. So far I've had a lot of luck for the most part...I certainly don't ever compromise my horses' comfort or performance. So far, as far as saddles go, I've been pretty successful with Wintec saddles, especially on the English side of things.
I might possibly be getting a new western saddle soon, though, as I'll be getting a new horse (who will be ridden mostly Western). In the past I was never able to find a Western saddle that was totally synthetic with no leather points anywhere outside of a Wintec, and I'm still never able to find anything when I look but I'm just curious if anyone here knows of anything (of decent quality, of course)
I kind of doubt it but I figured I'd ask. If it turns out that my new horse doesn't fit any fully synthetic saddles I'm certainly not unwilling to pick up something like an Abetta (anything mostly synthetic with minimal leather) instead, I'm just more comfortable avoiding leather as much as possible.

**Note: I don't show and don't have any plans to show in the near future in anything beyond something small for fun.


Thank you for any and all help and for being respectful!
There are only a few 100% Synthetic Western Saddles:

Wintec
Circle P
Weaver
Abetta

Abetta is the ONLY one I would even consider owning! (actually own 4 of them )

There are several no name and fake name Imports


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    08-11-2010, 11:35 AM
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Hmmm... How do you know it's true synthetic? And why Big Horn is not a true synthetic? Bighorn Cordura Trail Saddle #104 (Size 14) - PFI Western Store

I'd go with Big Horn first (not necessarily the one I posted, I'm sure they have several models), then Abetta. It's a personal preference, of course, I tried Big Horn at the Expo and it was very comfortable to sit in.

BTW, there is nothing wrong or to be ashamed of in riding in synthetic saddle. While I personally not a big fan for number of reasons, I really don't like when people pointing fingers or laugh about the synthetic tack.
     
    08-11-2010, 11:48 AM
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Hmmm... How do you know it's true synthetic? And why Big Horn is not a true synthetic? Bighorn Cordura Trail Saddle #104 (Size 14) - PFI Western Store

I'd go with Big Horn first (not necessarily the one I posted, I'm sure they have several models), then Abetta. It's a personal preference, of course, I tried Big Horn at the Expo and it was very comfortable to sit in.

BTW, there is nothing wrong or to be ashamed of in riding in synthetic saddle. While I personally not a big fan for number of reasons, I really don't like when people pointing fingers or laugh about the synthetic tack.
Bighorn uses leather over the pommel, around the cantle and the jockies are leather. Bighorn uses suede seats too, which comes from a cow.

The other brands I mentioned are all synthetic materials.

Abetta use a synthetic leather around the pommel and around the cantle on some models, the seat is synthetic.

Many people prefer a Bighorn over an Abetta, only the OP wanted 100% synthetic materials.

One of our Abetta's is 17 YO, Synthetics and part Synthetics are becoming very popular because of price and being 16-18 lbs, no shame in either reason


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    08-11-2010, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by SouthernTrailsGA    
Bighorn uses leather over the pommel, around the cantle and the jockies are leather. Bighorn uses suede seats too, which comes from a cow.

The other brands I mentioned are all synthetic materials.

Abetta use a synthetic leather around the pommel and around the cantle on some models, the seat is synthetic.

Many people prefer a Bighorn over an Abetta, only the OP wanted 100% synthetic materials.

One of our Abetta's is 17 YO, Synthetics and part Synthetics are becoming very popular because of price and being 16-18 lbs, no shame in either reason


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I see. It's funny though, because the model of Big Horn I've seen at the Expo didn't look like it's a leather anywhere. Although may be it was - just looked different.
     
    08-11-2010, 12:36 PM
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I have one that is all leather with a suede seat... I bought it almost 20 years ago though.....
     
    08-11-2010, 12:57 PM
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Yearling
I could be wrong but out of curiosity... Isnt the leather you buy(tack, clothing ect) just the stuff from the processed meat cattle?
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    08-11-2010, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I see. It's funny though, because the model of Big Horn I've seen at the Expo didn't look like it's a leather anywhere. Although may be it was - just looked different.
This Bighorn has Suede Covering the Jockies, Pommel and Seat, I think it is Suede from a Cow, I could be wrong.





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    08-11-2010, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by GreyRay    
I could be wrong but out of curiosity... Isnt the leather you buy(tack, clothing ect) just the stuff from the processed meat cattle?
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Unless it is from India and then it is Water Buffalo Leather, all kinds of Leather Coats, Saddles, Shoes, etc. is coming from there lately


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    08-11-2010, 03:07 PM
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Green Broke
I personally LOVE my wintec! It is super comfortable and much lighter then my other saddle. But, I have never used any other saddle brand so I don't know how they are.

P.S Yeah I remember the PETA conversation! LOL :)
     

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