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    04-05-2013, 09:28 PM
I have 3...4 if you fount my daughter's. I have 2 wintec westerns that I use. I like how easy care they are. Where I used to work had a lot of Abettas and I liked those two. My daughter has a generic western that fits her and my horse well. It was cheap and she will out grow it soon enough.

My favorite had to be my Wintec stock saddle. I have the one with the english irons. I could spend all day in that saddle.
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    04-06-2013, 03:00 PM
I won't use a synthetic, I don't even own one and have no plans to buy one. None of them that I've seen are anywhere close to the same type of quality as a mid-level leather saddle and I've rarely seen one that fits the horse wearing it.

Of course, though, I couldn't use a synthetic even if I did want to because I do a fair amount of roping and they aren't sturdy enough to stand up to that.

Anyway, as far as western saddles go, it really doesn't hurt them that much to get rained on. If you took the time to oil it properly when it was new, then most of the rain will just bead right off. You just have to take a few minutes and condition it where needed after it's dry. We've got western saddles in our tack room that are older than I am (29) and are still in great condition after spending decades riding countless horses in all types of weather.

I'd like to see someone claim the same of any synthetic.
    04-06-2013, 03:12 PM
My synthetic is 4 years old... That oughtta count for something right? Lol.
I think they are good "beginner" saddles, or saddles for people with zero arm strength like me... My BO has THE heaviest saddle I have ever lifted! I swear she's the only one that can lift that lol. I'm paranoid, and even if I could ride my saddle in the rain I wouldn't, I'm very overprotective haha.
    04-06-2013, 05:47 PM
I am not a fan of synthetic saddles. I prefer the feel that decent leather develops. Haven't seen anything close to that in synthetic saddles.

They also don't seem to conform to the general riding position the way a leather saddle does. Finally, I've yet to see a well-made tree in synthetic saddles. And I'm a fan of LaPorte trees, which are carbon fiber mix.

My family has sent several to missionaries in central America, though, because leather rots right off the trees. They ride little burros to the remote areas. The locals often ride wood trees with burlap or some other coarse material wrapped and stuffed around them.

The synthetics are a hot item and often stolen if let out of a worke'rs sight. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone who can outfit a whole region with synthetic saddles all at once, so I guess they will continue one thief at a time!
    04-06-2013, 07:47 PM
I chafe in leather, lol. That's probably the one thing I don't like about them besides their weight, but there is some light ones out there

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