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post #11 of 17 Old 02-05-2010, 02:20 PM
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I doubt it. I know they haven't at my level--and when there are a lot of horses in a class, judges won't be looking at your saddle.

As long as you and your horse are well turned out, you'll do fine. I have ROMs on my Paint gelding and tons of ribbons--all in a synthetic saddle, a 20 dollar bridle, a helmet (instead of a hunt cap like every other rider)--Judges don't have time to look at these things. You just have to make sure everything fits, and you and your horse perform well.

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post #12 of 17 Old 02-05-2010, 02:25 PM
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I hate synthetic saddles ! I've ridden in a ton of them & have never liked one. Personally, it doesnt make sense to me why so many people love them, but that's just me. I love my leather saddles, I think they look nice & feel nice. I would never replace one with a synthetic saddle.

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post #13 of 17 Old 02-05-2010, 02:42 PM
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IMO it depends on the price tag.. Typically I find synthetics to be a better value for the price. They are typically cheaper and more comfortable to comparable leather saddles. However a good quality leather saddle beats synthetic every time. Nothing beats a Butet or Deavocouex (sp?)

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post #14 of 17 Old 02-05-2010, 02:45 PM
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^ that's the great thing about buying a used saddle, you can get something that's high quality leather for less

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post #15 of 17 Old 02-05-2010, 03:01 PM
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I personaly like leather over synthetic. I feel like im about to come out of the saddle alot in a wintec, and also it takes a lot of riding for them to feel broken in. I had mine for about a year, and I rode in it once or twice a week and I ended up selling it because it was still hard and uncomfortable. I agree that its alot easier to clean and hauk around, but if you want quality, I suggest going to a consinment tack shop and looking for a used leather saddle. But like people before have said, it really is a person preference. :)
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post #16 of 17 Old 02-07-2010, 10:42 AM
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I LOVE my Wintec synthetic western saddle! It is WAY better then my sisters leather one! My synthetic saddle is sooo much more comfortable then the leather one, it's lighter and easier to clean! I just use a wet towel to clean it and I heard that synthetic ones are longer lasting ( I only had mine for 2 years and it looks like I just bought it!) And that their cheaper too!
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post #17 of 17 Old 02-08-2010, 04:46 PM
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I think it has a lot to do with indv rider and indv horse. I have ridden in leather and wintecs over the last 8 years. Recently I was leasing a horse and used her Wintec Isabell and it was SO comfortable. I then purchased a horse in Dec, bought my own Wintec Isabell and found even with changing gullets it didnt fit my horse as well and I didn't feel secure in the saddle at all (also tried Wintec Pro on her). Ended up with a heavy (not crazy about how heavy this saddle is) used leather saddle (cost more then my new wintec isabell) that felt so comfortable I was giddy with comfort - and it fit my horse better.

I like the lightweight, stickness and ease of cleanup in a synthetic, but for me, it just wasn't the perfect fit for my horse, even with an easy change gullet system. I would purchase a used leather saddle over a new one again due to resale value (think buying new or used car values) and because it's already been broken in.

Also when you buy used anything, you often can try it out for a week - but when you buy new, no matter what you do, it's not new anymore (girth marks on billets) so it's nearly impossible to return.
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