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?