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    07-25-2013, 10:06 PM
Lightweight western synthetic saddle suggestions?? :)

Hello!! I have a 14.2hh gelding, Joey, who is 16. I am going to be doing trail and everyday fun stuff around the property and in the arena. He knows barrel and pole bending patterns, so I would like to have some fun with that. I want a western saddle that is comfy and I would like it lightweight or synthetic. I like a deap seat or one that I feel secure in! He is pretty small, so I want an easy, light saddle that doesn't have a lot of up keep. Thanks for all the suggestions! Also, saddle pad suggestions that are not too bulky put still padded would be great! Thanks! :)
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    07-25-2013, 10:34 PM
My friend has a terrific Abetta saddle. Its VERY comfy, affordable, and extremely light weight...About 15ish pounds. Its also very padded.

This is the one she has, however this one is for drafts.

Abetta Draft Trail Cordura Saddle 20553 -
    07-26-2013, 01:34 AM
I love Fabtrons, which are part leather and part synthetic. Their trail saddle has a deeper seat with a high cantle, not sure of other styles.
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    07-26-2013, 01:41 AM
Originally Posted by callidorre    
I love Fabtrons, which are part leather and part synthetic. Their trail saddle has a deeper seat with a high cantle, not sure of other styles.
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THIS. Omg, I LOVE MINE. Got it for such a steal too.
    07-26-2013, 02:35 AM
I recently got a Fabtron trail saddle and I luuuuurve it. I probably paid too much as it's around $479 new and I paid $400 used but it was like-new and close to home. It fits my older Paint horse amazingly well with a good, but inexpensive, built-up pad. He has muscle loss all along the topline and his previous saddle was a nightmare on him (too narrow). The saddle is light and soooo comfy for me. The only issue I personally have with it is that the cordura "leathers" can't be trained to stay angled out a little bit and I have a hell of a time getting my right foot into the stirrup alone (have an old ankle/foot injury and can't perform the gymnastics necessary to grab that stirrup).

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    07-26-2013, 08:38 AM
Green Broke
Ditto the Fabtron.

The Lady Fabtron Trail Saddle has a deep seat. Barrel saddles all have that deep seat, if this saddle isn't to your liking

15" 16" 17" Fabtron Saddle - Lady Flex Trail Package FQHB 7152p 7154p

Try to find a used on on CL or Ebay. That's a lot of $$$ if it doesn't fit your horse.
    07-26-2013, 10:21 AM
I really liked my big horn when I had it.
    07-26-2013, 02:44 PM
Thanks for all the ideas. I had looked at getting a Fabtron a while ago, but decided not to. Are the seats on them comfy? Because all the reviews are good on them, except they say the seat isn't comfy. Thanks!
    07-26-2013, 03:08 PM
I personally like Wintec. I don't know about all the different models and such but I love how light weight it is! I ride my old mare in it because of the weight and it's very easy maintenance to boot! I just hose it off with a hose and it's ready to go! I've never had a problem with putting it on different horses and having it cause pain or rub marks or anything like that and it's great if you ever find yourself unable to lift a heavy saddle up on a horse due to an injury or anything. I like the seats on them but I have an odd taste.

For saddle pads I use a huge blanket but fold it in have so it offers support, due to the saddles lightweight it hardly interferes with my mares back.

As a side note I like wintecs for trail because I can put saddle bags on my mare without having to worry too much about a heavy strain on her back in addition to a saddle and if an emergency arises it's super easy to pull off and fling around because hey "light weight" and my personal favorite "Easy clean up".
    07-26-2013, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by kimijo    
Thanks for all the ideas. I had looked at getting a Fabtron a while ago, but decided not to. Are the seats on them comfy? Because all the reviews are good on them, except they say the seat isn't comfy. Thanks!
What is comfortable for one person, may not be for the next.

Back issues can also play a huge role as to how comfortable a saddle is for the rider.

It can be tricky finding a perfect fit for both horse and rider.

It might be best if you go to a few saddle shops and sit in several saddles that you think will fit your horse.

After you find one that feels comfortable to you, either bring your horse back for a fitting or see if there is a return policy, if you buy the saddle and it doesn't fit your horse

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