03-29-2011, 01:49 PM
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I own both (1 leather western, 1 synthetic western & a synthetic Aussie) and have owned a synthetic english before as well. My favorite is the leather one, but that is only because it is more solid & looks better lol. They are of course more expensive.
I have nothing against synthetic, however. I personally find them comfortable and most have flexible trees whereas alot of leather do not. This is a good thing because i've found they can fit a wider range of horses, but if you can find a good leather saddle that fits your horse & you well, they are nicer.
If you plan on competing, of course, then I would def. Go leather.