Saddle Fit - Synthetic vs. Leather - Kincade/ Genesis Saddles

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    09-14-2013, 05:42 PM
Saddle Fit - Synthetic vs. Leather - Kincade/ Genesis Saddles

So I am still searching for saddles and doing lots of research on the right saddle fit. From what I am reading, padding is a big issue and I was going to buy a used leather saddle for around the same price as a new synthetic, but I am thinking what if the padding is worn down - at least with a new synthetic I would know the padding has not been kind of stuck there, but what do you think between used English vs. new synthetic saddles?

Also I am considering these synthetic saddles :

Kincade Redi Ride Quick Switch : Kincade Redi-Ride Quick Switch All Purpose Saddle with FREE Shipping | Pet Supplies Reviews

I am not finding a lot of reviews on that saddle, only reviews on the regular Kincade, not sure if it would be much of a difference.

GFS Genesis APX: GFS Genesis APX Saddle

I am not finding a lot of reviews on this one either.

Any opinions would be great , by the way - my horse has a flat back and low withers so the saddle I choose will have to fit around that.

Thanks for any and all advice!
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    09-14-2013, 11:40 PM
I don't have any experience with the Kinkade or Genesis synthetic saddles, and I do love a good leather saddle. But I have an extremely hard to fit horse that I have bought many expensive leather saddles for with no success. So I eventually broke down and bought a Tekna. I really love this saddle. Super comfortable, and the soft tree has formed to my horse, and she has never found it uncomfortable. It is the one synthetic saddle that I have found to work.
Sorry that I couldn't help with the Kinkade or Genesis!
    09-15-2013, 08:50 AM
The Kincade saddle is pretty awful, IMO. Personally I wouldn't use one on a horse of mine.

I've only come across one GFS synthetic which seemed to fit much like their earlier leather saddles in terms of the panel etc, so I'd give that one a thumbs-up :)
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    09-15-2013, 08:55 AM
I haven't heard good things about Kincade but people also say bad things about Wintec and I don't mind my 2000 AP at the moment!

If it fits your horse and you find it comfortable then go for it! I personally prefer leather and my next saddle will be leather but synthetic was a good alternative as I needed something cheaper.
    09-16-2013, 08:11 AM
I have no experience with GFS, but Kinkade is a cheap Indian-made junk that may damage your horse's back. If you are short on money, better look into the used good brand saddle.

Actually one decent and in a lower range new you may look into is Thorowgood.
    09-16-2013, 08:51 AM
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I wouldn't touch either of those saddles, but not because they are synthetic. The Genesis is by GFS and a good make but poorly designed with a cantle that often projects over the panels.

I have Thorowgoods and the New Wintecs and cannot fault the 4 I have.

I have also owned beautiful leather saddles which were fitted by saddlers but sold them for the Wintecs.
    09-16-2013, 11:20 AM
What do you think about the Tekna saddle - any experiences?

I am still considering a used English saddle, but am thinking it would have to be reflocked for sure after being on other horses.
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    09-16-2013, 11:35 AM
I really do like my Tekna. It is very comfortable and my hard to fit horse handles it well. It is very sturdy and I have not had any problems with it. And from a distance it doesn't look synthetic. I like it much better than the couple wintecs I have tried, but that may be because I couldn't find a Wintec to fit my horse!
    09-16-2013, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Emma24    
What do you think about the Tekna saddle - any experiences?

I am still considering a used English saddle, but am thinking it would have to be reflocked for sure after being on other horses.
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Not keen on Tekna, but that is only from what I have read. I think if you are buying a second hand saddle you should always allow for it to be reflocked and I always get new saddles checked as well as they are often not equal and needs some adjustment (which is shocking really, but from conversations with saddlers not unusual)
    09-16-2013, 12:30 PM
Right but I am thinking a used, older leather saddle would have to be completely reflocked, whereas a new synthetic may just need some flocking removed or added...that has me thinking to go with a synthetic and save for a new leather saddle. Any other opinions on that would be great though.

I keep hearing good things about wintecs and thorowgoods, are there any other good synthetics ?
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