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post #1 of 10 Old 04-30-2013, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Suede seat? Pros and cons?

Hi anyone here ride in a western saddle with a suede seat? I have never had a suede seat but have found a saddle I love aside from the fact it has a suede seat......can anyone chime in on why you do or dont like them??? Thanks!
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post #2 of 10 Old 04-30-2013, 09:32 AM
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Most of the saddles I've ridden in have had suede seats, but to be honest, I don't notice that much difference when riding in other seats. Much more important, to me, is that the seat is comfortable.

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I have one with a padded suede seat and one with a slick seat. I like them both.
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post #4 of 10 Old 04-30-2013, 08:14 PM
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Personally I hate a suede seat, I like to be able to move around. But, my husband and daughter both love a suede seat because they don't move around.
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If you ride a lot, the suede nap wears off & you got a semi slick seat anyways!
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post #6 of 10 Old 04-30-2013, 08:30 PM
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I have a lot of older saddles in my program and anything with a swade seat the swade is ripped or coming unstiched. I don't like them, if you want the grip of the swade get a rough out saddle.
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Pro- very comfortable. Con- dont get them wet.

Pro- they dont make my bum bum sweat.(breathable) Con- if i wear dark blue jeans the seat is stained blue.

Pro- they look nice when new. Con- they look older than john waynes saddle after the first few years of steady riding.

Pro- they stick your butt to the saddle. Con- they stain with dirt and are impossible to clean.

Pro- they dont need oiled. Con- if you oil them they stay wet with oil forever.
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Great info guys! Thanks so much I am still debating as it is a nice looking saddle just not used to the suede lol I think rough out would be my peference if i could pick and choose ;)
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-01-2013, 12:15 AM
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I love my suede seat however I've had it about 4 yrs or so now and yes the color has faded and become slick where I sit normally. It was extremely comfortable but I just sold it because it was too big. My new saddle also has a suede seat.

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post #10 of 10 Old 05-01-2013, 11:16 AM
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If I remember correctly, if your suede starts to slick and get worn, if you can take a grill brush (the one with metal bristles) and lightly brush the suede to get roughed up again. I am 90% sure I've heard that somewhere.

I prefer suede seats. I have only found one smooth seated saddle I liked, but it did not belong to me. I like the sticky quality to it, like mentioned, but only because my mare will buck without warning when she's feeling fresh and has been known to just decide when we're running around outside that it's time we should head home and suddenly we've 180'd. I probably would have been launched during those if my butt wasn't about Velcro'd to the saddle. I have enough movement though to go with the motion of loping comfortably, although the friction does make my butt rather toasty after a bit.
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