Yeah Kitten_val, I know what you mean. It is expensive for me too but oh my gosh, I had a horrible time tonight trying to fit the girth over the line too far back, if that makes any sense. UGH.
I emailed my saddle fitter and she explained that once my girl and I select a discipline, we should purchase a saddle that fits properly. She said that the synthetic girth will not go back far enough to sit properly, that I should simply wait for the Dover Circuit Comfort Contour that I love (not the one above, a different one with a similar shape that is good quality). Thanks for the advice everyone.
And, Littlefilly, I honestly don't know, but some people love fleece, soft, squishy, and comfy. I honestly am a sucker for leather products, but pleather or another artificial material like that might be good too. Good luck with that!
God bless, englishaqh (: