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How do you feel about them and why?
I actually use a synthetic english saddle right now. Like leather saddles, it depends on the brand and personal preference for me really. I've sat in some really crappy leather saddles sometimes.
It's all I have right now so I'm really curious. I love how light they are but a few horsey friends of mine have made noises of disgust over them.
I like leather, however I needed a saddle with an interchangeable gullet. In order to keep the costs within reason for 2 saddles (hubby needed one as well), we purchased synthetic, mine a flexrider, his a wintec. I like mine, he says he likes his.
I love my wintecs! the tecknas look pretty too though, sadly they're a tad more expensive.
I love the ease of them and the price. Just picked up a used one for 350 fully mounted with cair few rub marks obviously well used but still in good nick.
I actually prefer an equisuede (sp?) seat to a leather one, between the suede and my stickybums my butt isnt going anywhere i dont want it to.
Not a fan personally, Ive had friends who have had the average quality ones and after about 6 months of use the stuffing all moved round and they hate them. I would prefer to get a average quality leather saddle than a 'high' quality synthetic.
I have a Tekna and they are more expensive but I think they look a lot nicer than Wintecs.
For me, I don't personally like them because they are not what I need, but so long as others who do want to use them take the time to look into brands and buy a good one that won't fall apart and won't hurt their horse, then that's great for them. There are times that I would love to have a saddle that weighed 20 pounds instead of 40, but then again, a synthetic wouldn't very well hold up to dragging a 1000 pound cow at the end of a rope LOL.
Depends on the brand. I'm a saddle snob, but I've seen some synthetics I like.
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