I went to the dark side....im a beleiver!! Synthetic saddles - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 17 Old 02-28-2012, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Smile I went to the dark side....im a beleiver!! Synthetic saddles

Well a few months ago I got an amazing deal on a synthetic western saddle that I just couldnt pass up. My old saddle was just to small for me and really needed to go to some one it would fit better. I used to HATE the look of synthetic saddles, when they first came out I thought they were just the worst idea ever and couldnt understand why some one would spend the money on them.

Well I am now a beleiver and thought I would offer my two cents on them for any one considering them. I would NEVER recommend these for showing of course, but I have to admit when I went to see it, it wasnt as hideous as I remembered them being . Its just plain black with silver hardware. Its absolutly wonderful to clean, I had two small children recently going for pony rides in mine and they happened to have muddy boots on so of course it was COVERED in mud. Just hosed it off WOW how easy!!! It fits me like a glove and I can sit in it for hours. Another nice thing is NO MOLD if you were to leave it in a damp spot for a period of time. One thing I don't like about them is the nylon cinch. Im looking to replace it with a leather one but until that time it seems to be holding and hasnt slipped yet like I thought it might. All in all im glad I went to the dark side haha all my friends thought I was nuts when I first got it but I let them use it and they to are beleivers now.

Hope this helps to any one interested in them. If you can get a deal on one its def worth the money!!!!

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Haha I love my synthetic saddles too! Although not outright opposed to leather, I am NOT a fan of the ridiculous prices a simple leather saddle can fetch when I can get an equally good and tougher made synthetic.

I love how light they are too. Weighing around ten-fifteen pounds, a synthetic western saddle is easy to throw up on the big guys. I love the easy maintenance, and how the colour lasts forever.

As far as brands, I'm in love with my Abetta Nylon saddle. I love the colours they come in and that they are just generally comfy saddles. I can ride for hours in mine and never get sore - same for my horse :)

Wintec makes some rather nice synthetics, and are probably one of the lower cost - but extremely comfy saddles.

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Mine is a wyntec and I love it.

Yes very light weight which is amazing :)

And I do love a nice leather saddle but most are far out of my price range.
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I am a believer as well!!! However... I would love to have a nice leather roping saddle. That is just a wish, for now I loooove my synthetics. :)
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LOL I upgraded to synthetic from a crappy Indian made general purpose english. My western saddles are both leather though as it's just easier to find leather saddles that fit my horse.
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I love my Wintec! Heck, I just love saddles and tack!!
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While I agree that doing WP in a synthetic saddle will probably not be a good idea, I don't see how it would not work in other western sports where bling and appearance do not count (cutting, reining, etc).

And while show hunters are probably full of leather snobs, judges don't really care if you are in a synthetic saddle that is clean and conservative in appearance.

In jumpers, eventing, and dressage, no one would bat an eye at a competitor in a synthetic saddle.

I too am a fan of synthetic saddles mainly for their practicality and ease of care.
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While I agree that doing WP in a synthetic saddle will probably not be a good idea, I don't see how it would not work in other western sports where bling and appearance do not count (cutting, reining, etc).

And while show hunters are probably full of leather snobs, judges don't really care if you are in a synthetic saddle that is clean and conservative in appearance.

In jumpers, eventing, and dressage, no one would bat an eye at a competitor in a synthetic saddle.

I too am a fan of synthetic saddles mainly for their practicality and ease of care.
Not where I am, unless you are in a really little local show. Anything NRHA-you need leather, and with both trainers I have experience with, there are 2 makes that are preferable, and they are not cheap.

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I'm pretty sure where I am besides the small local shows synthetics are frowned upon :( but people do use them in western speed event and such.
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Not where I am, unless you are in a really little local show. Anything NRHA-you need leather, and with both trainers I have experience with, there are 2 makes that are preferable, and they are not cheap.
Well then see what happens when one assumes?

Honestly, I don't understand the reasoning. If the saddle looks conventional, why would the material it is made of matter?

Very few sports pay so much attention to proper turnout and appearance than dressage. And I know of no instance where a judge looks at the material the tack is made of. If you show up in a conservative looking and clean english saddle and bridle, the judge will not care what it is made of.

And synthetic does not mean inexpensive. Pricing a Wintec Isabell dressage saddle will cure anyone of that misconception.
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