I ride Western usually but I've been looking into switching to English because my barn mostly rides English and I have been interested in it for awhile. I'm looking for an English saddle but I wanted opinions on two things before I buy anything:
1.) Is it better to buy new or used if I am a beginner English rider and don't really know specifically what I want to do (ie. Dressage, jumping, etc)? I was thinking maybe buy used and then when I get better and more specific buy a newer saddle that will last me a long time....
2.) Would you guys recommend leather or synthetic? What are the pros and cons of both? What's the difference in cost, quality, care, etc. Also what's the resale cost of a leather saddle versus a synthetic one?