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post #1 of 15 Old 03-26-2008, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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Synthetic English Saddles?

Is the only brand of synthetic English saddle Wintec? Or are there other brands? I might get a synthetic saddle, so I want to know if there are other brands.

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-26-2008, 12:34 PM
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I'm being told Thorowgoods are really great
http://www.horseforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=7918

Kincades also make synthetics, but they're not the best saddles out there. They're great for some people and their horses, but for lots they just plain suck. Their synthetics definitely are better than their leather saddles.

There have got to be others out there..... I just can't think of any at the moment.

Wintecs are my favorite english saddle. I've had a Wintec Wide and a Wintec 500 AP. I'd like to get another one but I don't have enough $ at the moment for something that nice.

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post #3 of 15 Old 03-26-2008, 03:47 PM
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I have a Wintec 500 GP and a Wintec Dressage saddle (although I haven't ridden in the dressage one yet), the GP one is sooo comfy! I looks and feels like a leather one, but doesn't need as much looking after as one, I wouldn't swap it for a leather one!!

I've ridden in a Thorowgood, and personally I couldn't stand it! I felt like I was perched on the horses back, it just wasn't comfy at all!

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post #4 of 15 Old 03-26-2008, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Are Abettas good? I was looking at one that I really like the look of. Here's the link:

http://www.virtualhoss.com/tack/Abetta/25541.htm

Is it a good saddle? I really like it.

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post #5 of 15 Old 03-26-2008, 06:39 PM
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I've never ridden in an English Abetta but I love my western one.

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post #6 of 15 Old 03-26-2008, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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yeah, i've ridden in a western one, and i'm sure the english versions are just as comfy. i think it's the one i'm going to get. it comes with leathers, a bridle, irons, and pads. it's a good deal.

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post #7 of 15 Old 03-26-2008, 10:22 PM
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Good luck, and tell me how it goes. I'm looking to get a synthetic English saddle soon. I really want the Wintec CC but I don't have that much $ at the moment.

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post #8 of 15 Old 03-26-2008, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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I will! I am really looking forward to getting the saddle. I don't really like Wintecs b/c they are heavy and my horse's weight limit is around 140 w/ the saddle. I need a light saddle. I weigh around 105, but still...I think it is the saddle I'm going to go for. I really like it.

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post #9 of 15 Old 03-27-2008, 06:39 AM
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Wow! I've never heard Abetta is making english saddles. Personally I tried Abetta western and hated it (as well as my horse).
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post #10 of 15 Old 03-27-2008, 03:35 PM
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There are loads of brands! I've not had much experience with most of them, but I can really recommend Thorowgood.
They come in far more stylish models than the one pictured in the thread about them: http://www.thorowgood.com/uk/products.htm . I think the T4 style (synthetic + suede panels) looks really good.
Apparantly they usually have a pretty good fit (come in cob and high wither) and I've always found them really really comfy. A pony at my yard has a couple of years old T4 Pony Club Saddle and even though it's technically too small for me to ride in, it's LOVELY. My favourite saddle out of about 10 that I ride in at the yard.
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