Is there any real difference for the horse between a synthetic and leather saddles?
I realise they are cheep and cheerful but is there any concern for the horse by using them?
Just be careful with anything cheap "you get what you pay for" typically. I'm not sure about good synthetic brands. My first saddle was a cheap/used one and I cant believe I wasn't killed. I was around 11 or ? I was green + horse was green and the saddle didn't help. I was literally launched out of it several times. The back of the saddle was so weak it would pop up at a sudden stop. Never again will I ever plan on getting another synthetic saddle.
I know people that love trail riding in them because they are lightweight and comfortable.
There are no concerns for the horse with a well made synthetic saddle, and they're about 20 lbs lighter than leather (at least the western ones). We've used synthetics for many years without any problems.
This is a new synthetic saddle...I don't think I'd risk a used one. It's a children's saddle so won't have the wear and tear that an adults one has.
even if it's new it could still be poorly made. i bought my synthetic as used. but it's also a good brand. therefore it's an excellent quality saddle. even used. what brand is the oen you have? i say the good brands are Bighorn(i have one), Cordura, and Abetta. i wouldn't use any other brand if it was me.
The good synthetic brands are fine. You want to find synthetics that are built on quality Ralide or similar trees for western. Any saddle with a fiberglass tree or "fiber-flex" tree can be bad for the horse. These trees warp and crack over time and can be warped right out of the box. They don't often fit most horses very well.
Good synthetic brands for western are Abetta, Big Horn, and Fabtron. Southern Trails' synthetic/leather combo saddles are also very nice. For English, the only two synthetic brands I have used are Thorowgood and Wintec. The new Tekna saddles are supposed to be good quality as well.
luvs2ride i had never heard of the fabtron and southern trails' next time i'm looking for a synthetic i'll definitely look into those as well!
I use western Wintec saddles and I've never had any problems with them. They are very easy to care for and clean, so that is a plus if you run short on time after a ride.
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