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    07-01-2010, 12:55 AM
  #1
Weanling
Question Synthetic Saddle? Leather Vs. Synthetic?

I know this is pretty much an Obvious answer, LEATHER is probably what you are all screaming at the screen right now. BUT, I figured it would be better to get a HIGH quality synthetic saddle rather than a LOW quality leather saddle since I'm on a budget of about $300. I am wanting mostly a pleasure(as in, for fun riding) saddle, but I will be starting barrels on my horse. I will most likely not compete until next summer, maybe do a few open shows this summer. So I figured I would save up for a nice leather saddle during this year.

However, I'm stuck. I can't choose between

This(1): Abetta Saddle
&
This(2): Abetta Beartrap

They are both barrel racing friendly. Here's the dilemma,

The first one has a 4in cantle, and isn't bear trap saddle, but it is a lot cheaper. It also has a round skirt and the cantle is still like an average barrel saddle.

The second one has a 5in cantle, and is a bear trap saddle. I'm worried about the Bear trap because I have never ridden in one, they just seem kind of uncomfortable to me. But this is more expensive.It seems a little more barrel friendly than the other one though.

So which would you choose and why O.o?
     
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    07-01-2010, 01:04 AM
  #2
Banned
I don't like "bear trap" saddles...especially for barrel racing. The points of the pommel always hit me in the thighs if I need to stop quickly.

I like both saddles equally as much...which isn't much.

I know that you are on a budget but you could get a pretty nice used leather barrel saddle for under $300.

Used 15" show saddle Barrel / games Silver trim - eBay (item 200487425083 end time Jul-01-10 19:00:24 PDT) Theres a tex-tan that you could get.

Pro-Master 15" Barrel/Pleasure Western Saddle - eBay (item 300440866115 end time Jul-05-10 13:11:05 PDT) Never heard of this brand but it looks to be decent for the price

Used Hereford Saddle Great for 4-H Trail Barrel Racing - eBay (item 230493446854 end time Jul-05-10 23:40:20 PDT) And this one is by far my favorite. I love a good old saddle!

Good luck with your search.
     
    07-01-2010, 01:09 AM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by corinowalk    
I don't like "bear trap" saddles...especially for barrel racing. The points of the pommel always hit me in the thighs if I need to stop quickly.

I like both saddles equally as much...which isn't much.

I know that you are on a budget but you could get a pretty nice used leather barrel saddle for under $300.

Used 15" show saddle Barrel / games Silver trim - eBay (item 200487425083 end time Jul-01-10 19:00:24 PDT) Theres a tex-tan that you could get.

Pro-Master 15" Barrel/Pleasure Western Saddle - eBay (item 300440866115 end time Jul-05-10 13:11:05 PDT) Never heard of this brand but it looks to be decent for the price

Used Hereford Saddle Great for 4-H Trail Barrel Racing - eBay (item 230493446854 end time Jul-05-10 23:40:20 PDT) And this one is by far my favorite. I love a good old saddle!

Good luck with your search.

You would think lol! You would be surprised on how many deals I found with brand name Barrel Saddles in my budget, but all of them are Full Qh bars and it won't fit my horse! :) But thank you about your opinion on the "Bear Trap" Saddles, I was worried about that O.o
     
    07-01-2010, 01:10 AM
  #4
Weanling
I vote for a used leather saddle, too. I bought a really nice circle y nbha saddle for $300, and it is well made and pretty decent looking. Of those 2 saddles, I like the plain option better than the beartrap.
     
    07-01-2010, 01:11 AM
  #5
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How about semi bars...will they fit? Most textans are full but most big horns are semi. What size seat do you need? My best friend runs a consignment tack shop in PA, near pittsburgh and im sure she has a few under 300
     
    07-01-2010, 01:11 AM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Fifty    
You would think lol! You would be surprised on how many deals I found with brand name Barrel Saddles in my budget, but all of them are Full Qh bars and it won't fit my horse! :) But thank you about your opinion on the "Bear Trap" Saddles, I was worried about that O.o
Does make it harder!
     
    07-01-2010, 01:14 AM
  #7
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by corinowalk    
How about semi bars...will they fit? Most textans are full but most big horns are semi. What size seat do you need? My best friend runs a consignment tack shop in PA, near pittsburgh and im sure she has a few under 300
Yes my horse needs Semi-QH bars and I use a 16in seat, but I will take a 15in seat(motivation to lose some weight :)
     

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