I am looking to get a extra saddle just to have and wondered what your opinions on the Synthetic saddles are and the Leather/ Cordura ones? The Brands I was looking at are Abetta and Big horn. Any suggestions or helpful things that would help to choose one would be great thanks :)
I love love love the Big Horn saddles. I have a Big Horn Cordura that I wouldn't trade for anything (even though I may have to, as I may be retiring my mare this spring and it doesn't fit my gelding). I haven't had any experience with Abetta, but I definitely give two thumbs up to the Big Horns.
We have an Abetta as well. Its great as an extra saddle and it really easy to clean. Fits most of our horses, too :) the only problem I've had with synthetics is that the skirt tends to curl if they get wet at all.
I really like synthetic, it's all I ride in. I like that I can missuse them a bit and they are perfectly fine/cheap to replace. I ride in the rain and snow and would hate to do that in a nice leather saddle. I also like them because they are so light, I feel better about putting them on my old mare and on green horses.
I've had three different brands of synthetic:
Wintec, love this thing. I've had it for 8, almost 9 years
Tahoe, this one really hurts your butt after a few hours
My newest set, it doesn't even have a brand, but it's comfy! I've spent 6 hours in it and still felt good.