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        09-10-2013, 12:14 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    Thanks Tony and lbs.

    I know the horse won't care haha! I have always avoided non-leather tack also, I have leather or wool everything. That was my big hesitation on the synthetic saddle it just didn't seam right to me (can't explain it). Also we do anything from one or two hours on the weekdays to 6+ on the weekends in a lot of different terrain. So I wasn't sure a synthetic would keep up with us.

    No my mom is actually on the small side which is why she has trouble lifting the saddle "all the way up."

    I ALLWAYS buy a used saddle. First so I don't have to break it in myself and two because someone has all ready taken the price hit on it. Besides if it is a good saddle then it doesn't matter if it was ridden in before. I will have my saddle til the day I die, its just that good. If you know what to look for there is always GOOD CHEAP stuff at flea markets and craigslist, most people don't know what they have and just sell for a hundred bucks or less.

    I get most of my tack that way and I buy very little new and spend almost nothing - more for hay!
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        09-10-2013, 01:14 AM
      #22
    Trained
    Roux if the Aussie doesn't work I second a Big Horn.

    I've had mine for 10 years, rode the tar out of it and it looks brand new.
    It's super comfy, and fits just about any horse I've used it on.
    I ride western, but I'm too lazy to do all the leather conditioning and western saddles are so noisy. Prior to getting it I primarily used my english saddle and was worried about this one being noisy. I was super stoked that the BH's hardly make a sound, even after a good swimmin.

    The only real problem I have with them is you can't effectively turn the nylon stirrups. I had to buy turners, problem solved.

    Two years ago I was in a bad wreck and my right arm is pretty messed up. The BH is light enough for me to toss around, but Rick is barely 14 hh...
         
        09-10-2013, 07:43 PM
      #23
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Roux    
    Thanks Tony and lbs.

    I know the horse won't care haha! I have always avoided non-leather tack also, I have leather or wool everything. That was my big hesitation on the synthetic saddle it just didn't seam right to me (can't explain it). Also we do anything from one or two hours on the weekdays to 6+ on the weekends in a lot of different terrain. So I wasn't sure a synthetic would keep up with us.

    No my mom is actually on the small side which is why she has trouble lifting the saddle "all the way up."

    I ALLWAYS buy a used saddle. First so I don't have to break it in myself and two because someone has all ready taken the price hit on it. Besides if it is a good saddle then it doesn't matter if it was ridden in before. I will have my saddle til the day I die, its just that good. If you know what to look for there is always GOOD CHEAP stuff at flea markets and craigslist, most people don't know what they have and just sell for a hundred bucks or less.

    I get most of my tack that way and I buy very little new and spend almost nothing - more for hay!

    Do date I've had good luck with everything that's synthetic holding up. All my gear is a hodge podge of leather and synthetic. I've had leather stirrup straps break on me (sort of POed me since they weren't very old and I'd oiled them and kept them up, but you can't control poor quality) but have never had the nylon ones fail. All my halters are synthetic (and look better have a few years than my old leather ones did after a few months ). But it's great when you can rinse all the dirt off or even run them through the washing machine if you want. Nylon cinch straps are a lot less bulky too.
    I use to use only leather for decades, but found that the synthetics worked great for helping me reduce weight (Important when a horse might cover up to 400 miles a month with maybe 8 days off), were easier to keep clean and maintenance is so much simpler. My next saddle will have little or no leather. Goal is to get it down to 15 lbs or less.
    You don't have that headache though so just get something that fits the horse, fits the rider and the rider can handle.
    For the horse I'd say a UP military saddle AKA: Trooper (pretty light and easy to make lighter), but like the McClellan it's not the most comfortable ride . There are plenty of styles that will serve what you want to do if you can find that fits, at a weight that's easy to swing onto the horse.
         
        09-10-2013, 10:27 PM
      #24
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    Originally Posted by its lbs not miles    
    I've had leather stirrup straps break on me (sort of POed me since they weren't very old and I'd oiled them and kept them up, but you can't control poor quality)
    I had horrible thoughts flashing through my head from when I was about 15 and doing the stable manager thing at a pony club rally with the few girls on my team several years younger than me. One of the girls was told that one of her leathers was in too poor of condition to use, and so we had to go to the extra tack box to use the spare pair. I was pulling the stirrups up to the proper position and this pair of BRAND NEW leathers snapped in half from that! Unfortunately that was the only pair so the girl had to ride in one of her original stirrups and one of the cruddy quality one, and I was more than a bit concerned the whole time!!
         
        09-11-2013, 02:34 AM
      #25
    Weanling
    I love my Abetta synthetic. It isn't the prettiest thing but it takes abuse well, is reasonably comfortable and definitely light weight. My leather Syd Hill Aussie is much heavier. I'm not crazy about Aussie girths myself. I prefer either English or Western.
         

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