02-04-2010, 12:55 AM
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I'm going to assume from your picture we're talking about english saddles?
With that said, I would really prefer synthetic. I have a Wintec with CAIR and the easychange gullet system and I just love it. It's comfortable for me (though supposedly there are some people who find them uncomfortable so that really depends on the person) and my horse and fits him great. Because of the easychange system I can change the gullets to fit different horses if necessary, but it's a very sturdy system and doesn't compromise the construction at all.
The synthetic that Wintec uses is really great stuff. It's very very durable and stays looking new for years, and it also breaks in really nicely.
My opinion is that synthetic is a great option now that it is as tough as it is, because it's affordable and so much easier to clean and also more lightweight than leather options.
But there are also plenty of people who are very traditional about it and prefer the look and feel of leather equipment, so it's sort of a matter of preference.
No matter which way you go, just make sure that you have the right fit for both you and your horse and that you are both comfortable in it, and you're good to go. =)