Saddles - leather or synthetic?

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    09-25-2008, 03:35 PM
Saddles - leather or synthetic?

What is you preference - leather or synthetic saddles? Why do you prefer this kind?
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    09-25-2008, 04:18 PM
I prefer leather. I've found that synthetic saddles tend to give me sores from rubbing. I love how light they are and they're easy to clean. However, I'll stick with leather.
    09-25-2008, 06:04 PM
Green Broke
I prefer leather, because of the way it looks, wears (looks richer with use & cleaning), and the way it rides.

I do have a couple of synthetic saddles and they are fine, I just prefer my leather ones 8) .
    09-25-2008, 06:40 PM
I like leather as well. ;) I find they last pretty long (although, synthetic ones can too), it looks nicer, & I find they are easier to clean.
    09-25-2008, 06:57 PM
Leather, for sure. I love the way it smells and looks. When I smell leather I think horses.
    09-25-2008, 10:00 PM
Leather... it will always be the best to me.

But, you can beat just hosing down a synthetic! I love my Abetta flex.
    09-26-2008, 07:09 AM
I love to train in synthetics. When your short on time they are the best thing because they are so easy to care for.

I love leather to compete but for everyday work they are to high maintainance. (I use synthetic bridles too)
    09-26-2008, 07:13 AM
I vote for leather. :) I don't care for look much, but leather saddles usually are a better quality, plus seems to slip less.
    09-26-2008, 11:13 AM
Either or.
    09-27-2008, 05:52 AM
I use both. I like the Synthetic for jumping. The Wintec Equileather is super "sticky" hehe. And same with the equisuede. I love how is wears, or doesn't!

I love my leather dressage saddle, looks so beautiful and feels good. It can be a little slippery after I clean it though, hehe.

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