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    04-04-2007, 04:50 AM

I only just joined this forum and thought i'd put my two cents worth in.

Synthetic saddles are a good choice, may something like a Wintec - not very expensive and then maybe you can move on to a more expensive saddle when you know what you want to do. At least that way you don't spend heaps of money on a new saddle and then find it's not the discipline you want to do.
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    08-16-2007, 08:29 PM
If you own a horse, stick with what it was trained for. If your horse has not been saddle trained yet, your best bet it to visit a better riding stable and try what they have. There are a lot of variations of the western saddle, some of which are best for specific work. But, they are generally designed for comfort on long rides.
Endurance saddles are good for long rides, but usually don't hold up well.
English hunt seat saddles are reasonably comfortable if you like the riding poition and are designed for all sorts of torturous riding in the course of chasing foxes.
    08-17-2007, 07:51 AM
Yes, cheap synthetic saddle is good idea. However don't get VERY cheap synthetic. Go for respected brand like wintec (have one for 4 years), or Abetta. They are not extremely cheap, but I'v seen people getting very cheap synthetic (those under $200), and then it just very uncomfortable to ride for both - rider and horse. In fact I did try couple on barn horses (just for interest), and yes they felt very uncomfortable to sit on plus some have tendency to slip all over the horse.

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