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snowangel. 07-30-2008 04:02 PM

leather vs synthetic
Hello everyone. My name is Kim and i've just bought a Haflinger mare. She is a little round and has absolutely non existant withers! This is causing me massive problems in finding a saddle that will fit her. I did buy an aparently Haflinger saddle, aparently a wide fit, but on her the pommel and opening were much much too high.
So maybe i need an extra wide!
I've looked in many places and have found that the only ones that are likely to fit and aren't bank breakable are synthetic ones.
Yes i'm old fashioned, I think leather is better, but am i right?
This is my first horse and I know littel about buying saddles, although i'm learning fast! Any help would be greatly apreciated.
I cant get to a saddlery as i live in the mountains.
Many thanks in advance.

GallopingGrape 07-30-2008 04:51 PM

I had two haflingers and the only saddle I could get to fit was treeless. Go to and check out the treeless options. There are great Yahoo groups for treeless riders.

kitten_Val 07-31-2008 08:25 AM

I'd go with leather too. I had bad experience with synthetic although I know many people like it and it's on cheaper side too. You can look into flex-tree ones like TexTan. I know flex-tree fits wide horses with no withers pretty good.

ilovemyhorsies 07-31-2008 09:24 AM

i have a synthetic and a leather saddle....i need a new girth for the synthetic saddle as it is too loose but i find that it is really comfortable to ride in. i really like leather too....i dont think i was much help but meh..

kickshaw 07-31-2008 12:25 PM

i think that either is fine, so long as it fits your horse. from my experience, the synthetic saddles seem to be produced in a "one-size fits all semi quarterhorse bars" mode.

that said, there are some synthetic draft horse saddles out there...maybe they would work(??)

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