I don't have a saddle. I've been using the light-weight synthetic saddles at the ranch where Harley is boarded, but I am trying out a leather saddle that one of the other boarders is selling. It's SOOOO heavy, but it's comfortable.
In your opinion, what are the pros/cons to both types of saddles?
Well, I personally like leather saddles. I think they last pretty long & are more durable...although, synthetic isn't too bad either! It's really a personal choice. :)
I always go with a nice leather one though.
well imo synthetic is easier to keep clean and whatever..
But iwould prefer a leather just beacuse idk..they feel a little more *controllable* if you know what I mean..and they look much bettin imo. If it were up to me and I had a zilion buck id prob get a synthetic for stupid games and trail and a nice leather one for shows and serious working.
If my horse doesn't like you then I don't either.Deal with it!
I personally much prefer synthetic because it is much lighter and much easier to take care of, and is really pretty durable these days and conforms to the horse and rider a lot better than it used to.
However, leather does look better and in most cases it is more comfortable (although I must say the Abetta brushpopper is the most comfortable saddle I've ever ridden..)
I've had both too, I prefer the leather. I've had the cheaper leather too, its not much better than the synthetic as far as comfort. My first saddle was a used really nice unknown name quality leather that weighed about 40lbs so I know what you mean about the weight. I have a custom quality leather now that only weighs about 20lbs. I love it, my horse loves it
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