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post #1 of 10 Old 11-29-2010, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question I need a lighter saddle. Suggestions please!


I was thinking of going synthetic as I need a lighter saddle. Are there some good ones out there? I ride Western on the trails and in the arena. Can you all tell me what some good brands are for synthetic?

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-29-2010, 11:22 PM
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I have wintec western, I use it primarily for trails and sometimes arena work when its raining. It fits both of my horses and me well, its very light weight compared to other western saddles, and I like the look of it better then other synthetic saddles. This is the saddle I have Wintec Western Trail Saddle Semi-QH Bars - Horse.com They also have it in QH bars.
The only complaint I have is that the stirrups don't go short enough for me, but i am 4'11"...

I also believe Abetta is another popular synthetic saddle brand, however I've never ridden in or know anything about them.

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post #3 of 10 Old 11-29-2010, 11:23 PM
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Bighorn synthetics are very comfortable and pretty durable. You can usually get a used one on ebay for under $200
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-29-2010, 11:57 PM
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Sometimes you can get a good leather saddle that has a synthetic skirt and /or fenders. I personally hate the cordura fenders because they bend and come and wrinkle under you knee sometimes. Also, they will not hold a twist, consequently you can never "train" them to have the correct angle for your stirrup to hang right. Know what I mean?
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Wintec saddles are my personal favorite--I currently own 3 of them, and they are holding up very well. They weigh around 20 pounds, so they are much lighter than their leather counterparts.

Do you ride western? What size of synthetic saddle do you need? I might have a saddle for you.

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post #7 of 10 Old 11-30-2010, 10:27 AM
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Have you thought of riding in a barrel saddle? They are usually much lighter and with a nice deep seat, secure for trails.
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I was also going to suggest a barrel saddle. I don't have too much experience with synthetic western saddles but trail and endurance saddles are usually pretty lightweight too.
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-30-2010, 11:21 AM
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If interested I have an older western for sale but it's pretty light. I could weigh it tonight for a better idea, selling it pretty cheap, pics on the board here somewhere lol.

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post #10 of 10 Old 11-30-2010, 08:05 PM
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I just got my daughter a used leather western saddle that is not heavy. Its sort of a reining/barrel type. It was used only a dozen times but is about 20 years old. It weighs only slightly more than her English saddle. Persoally, I dn't like synthetic saddles. I don't like the plastic stirrups and some of the saddles seem liek they have to ber oversized to fit the horse right. This could just be my perception as the mom of a
13 1/3 year old but i think searching for a light weight leather barrel saddle will pay off in the long run over synthetic.
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