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post #1 of 18 Old 12-01-2012, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Synthetic Saddles

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 :)
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post #2 of 18 Old 12-01-2012, 12:51 PM
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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.

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post #3 of 18 Old 12-01-2012, 01:46 PM
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I got a synthetic Abetta at an auction this spring & I love it. I couldn't tell you what model it is, but its lightweight & very comfortable

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Thanks for the info guys! :) anyone else have any opinions?
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post #5 of 18 Old 12-01-2012, 04:15 PM
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My friend has an Abetta saddle and loves it. She says its pretty comfortable. I have yet to ride in one though!
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post #6 of 18 Old 12-01-2012, 04:43 PM
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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.

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post #7 of 18 Old 12-01-2012, 06:04 PM
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My Big Horn leather/cordura endurance is for sale. Bo't it used, doesn't fit my horse, not even close. He's built for a harness, not a saddle.
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post #8 of 18 Old 12-07-2012, 07:25 PM
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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.

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post #9 of 18 Old 12-07-2012, 07:33 PM
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Never liked the wintects, I found them stiff and plasticy and it made me very uncomfortable, bighorns were OKAY, but the leather top parts made me feel slippery..

Abetta condura still has my vote. They are comfortable with me, I feel like there is more contact with the horse, and they have proven to be comfortable to both my gaited and non gaited mares.
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post #10 of 18 Old 12-07-2012, 08:44 PM
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I would stick with an Abetta, Bighorn or Fabtron... all American Made.

All 3 fit some people better than ask 100 people about an Abetta, 50 will say they are comfortable, 50 will say uncomfortable.. same with a Bighorn or Fabtron

Some of the other brands mentioned may have done well for others, but they are inconsistent in fit of the Horse and quality, I have seen far too many of them

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