I live in the UK, and one day I plan to compete at a decently high level (perhaps not Olympic yet ha ha). However, I was wondering if you have to ride in a pure leather saddle at these high levels (i.e. You never see Ben Maher compete in a wintec saddle lol) or can I keep to riding in something that is synthetic or "leather look" ... if that exists.
And are there any synthetic leather bridles, etc?
With the whole leather industry, I want to try and steer away from it as much as possible. I currently have a pony, which I just ride around for fun in a simple headcollar and bareback.
Same for western saddles as well - if you know of any brands/rules.