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post #11 of 25 Old 01-12-2012, 06:46 PM
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For the record, I would only use a synthetic English saddle, I would never consider it for Western.
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post #12 of 25 Old 01-12-2012, 06:48 PM
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For me, I don't personally like them because they are not what I need, but so long as others who do want to use them take the time to look into brands and buy a good one that won't fall apart and won't hurt their horse, then that's great for them. There are times that I would love to have a saddle that weighed 20 pounds instead of 40, but then again, a synthetic wouldn't very well hold up to dragging a 1000 pound cow at the end of a rope LOL.

I agree, I buy based on what I need and put a lot of research in to Teknas before I purchased one. LOL if I ever see a synthetic roper I will laugh my a** off.
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post #13 of 25 Old 01-12-2012, 08:09 PM
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Frankly I don't find English synthetic saddle to be much lighter than leather one (with Western it's completely different story). I don't have problems with synthetic as is, but those I tried I didn't like under my butt.

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I just started using a Wintec close contact synthetic with CAIR about 2 months ago and I really like it. I was using one of the barns' leather lesson saddles and it was absolutely horrible, I could barely stay in it!

I know what you mean though, my trainer and a couple other people at the barn seem to look down on synthetics, which honestly is a little offensive. Excuse me for not buying a $1700 Pessoa! They also try to convince me that there is no way that it is comfortable and that it will never break in, just start bending awkwardly. I don't know about all that, but I do know that the fit is great on the horse and it's comfortable for me. Not to mention that I got it brand new for around $400. It looks amazing, it always looks brand new, and I get compliments on it (from people that don't know its a synthetic )

I'll post some pictures of it if you'd like to see!
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I'll post some pictures of it if you'd like to see!
I'd like to see it!
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As always, it pretty much comes down to personal preference. As long as it fits the horse properly, they don't care whether or not it's leather.

I have both a leather Stubben and a synthetic Wintec. Love 'em both. The Stubben is JJ's saddle, and the Wintec is Casper's. As Val stated, there isn't a whole lot of difference in the weight between leather and synthetic English saddles.

A badly fitting, high dollar leather saddle is much worse on the horse than a well fitting synthetic one.

If that's what you prefer and it fits the horse, all the leather snoots can go pound sand.

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Here are two pictures. Sorry they are kinda blurry and dark!
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A badly fitting, high dollar leather saddle is much worse on the horse than a well fitting synthetic one.
100% agree.

BTW, is synthetic saddle wool-flocked? Can it be re-flocked and all? I never thought about it, but the thread made me curious.

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Most of them are Val, unless they have the CAIR panel system. Even those you can pull out, and then have the saddle flocked with wool.

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A good quality synthetic is great!

The "pleather" POS that was given to me that every now and again we debate if it's plastic or the worst leather on the face of the planet, is obviously not!

If the saddle has absolutely no makers mark on it and it's extremely thick, fakey shiny and un-flexible, not good!

We keep it around in-case anyone is breaking a horse, I think Godzilla himself could roll all over it and not leave a scratch.
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