Okay, so i'm thinking about buying a saddle sometime soon, and I would like to be educated before I start thinking about price ranges, etc.
Please don't worry about telling me about sizing, my trainer will help me with fitting it, but she wants me to try to pick out the saddle price range that i'm interested in. I want to get a c/c or a/p saddle, but I had a few questions.
Is there any difference in comfort of riding in a synthetic compared to a leather?
Are fiberglass trees okay? Or should I stay strictly to wood?
Is there anything that I should look at when I look for a saddle specifically? Like, should I stay away from foam panels (just an example) or something?
Just so you know, i'm a hunter/jumper, but I also do a LOT of flatwork. I don't mind getting leather, even though its much harder to take care of, and i'm on a tight budget, but will expand it if it means getting a saddle that will be more comfortable and better for my horse and me in the long run.
I'm sure there has to be inexpensive saddles that are of a decent quality... right?
Thanks to everyone who helps