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  • Synthetic leather saddle too slippery
  • Most comfortable synthetic saddle

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    12-08-2012, 12:13 AM
I got my horse when he was 3.5 so did not want to invest in an expensive saddle. I bought a Big Horn gaited and love it. He is now 6 and I just received a custom saddle. But during those growing years it has been a wonderful saddle.

Had a Wintec for a prior horse. Hated it , it was way too slippery !
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    12-09-2012, 07:55 AM
Green Broke
I bought a bighorn endurance early this summer. I love it! It weighs near nothing and is comfortable. I doubt it weighs 18 lbs. Nice when you have a 16 hand horse and your only 5' 4".
    12-09-2012, 02:58 PM
I love my abetta. I don't worry if we have to go through water, no sitting down for a couple hours trying to clean all the tooling that most western saddles have.

I went synthetic for the bridle too, I think the only leather I have to clean any more is my boots.
    12-11-2012, 01:17 PM
I have the Abetta Arabian Trail saddle. I've gone for several long trail rides in it and so far my bum loves it! It fits my horse very well, and I really appreciate how lightweight it is and the price was great. (I ordered mine from Chick's - ChickSaddlery Arabian Trail Saddle without Horn) I did switch out the endurance stirrups, but that's it. I would highly recommend Abetta and I would definitely buy one again.

    12-18-2012, 08:43 PM
Big Horn 100% way better quality, longer lasting, way more comfortable, and fits darn near any horse.

I've had mine since 2003. It's been on and under many horses, in water, traveled to TX with me when I trained, shown it, reined in, worked cows in, gamed in, trail rode in...LOVE IT. Light weight, durable, well made very trusted brand.
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    12-18-2012, 09:17 PM
Green Broke
I really love my Abetta trail saddle. It's very care free and easy to keep clean a well as pretty comfortable. One word of advice if you are buying from a place where you can't sit in it or try it out first, the seat runs a tad small. They measure correct but for some reason they don't fit the same. I have a 15 inch which in normal saddles fits me with a tad bit of room but the Abetta is almost too small and actually fits my 12 year old perfectly.
    12-18-2012, 11:11 PM
I ride an australian syn. Endurance saddle.

I really do like the light weight and easy maintance of the synthetic saddle.

This is my saddle. The black one. I did change out the stirrups for an endurance type. It made alot of difference on my knees. This saddle is the most comfortable I've ever ridden.

Kimberley Synthetic Endurance Saddle
    12-29-2012, 03:10 PM
I personally really dislike Abetta saddles. Their saddle pads are good, but their saddles fall apart pretty easily. However, Big Horn half-Cordura, half-leather saddles are very nice for trail riding. The Cordura fenders are very flexible if kept clean and they last a long time! Our friends own a trail riding stable and use mostly Big Horn half-Cordura, half-leather saddles and swear by them!
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