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post #11 of 50 Old 01-12-2020, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Synthetic and cheap saddles, why the hate? Are they always that bad?

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Those saddles looked like they were made of a very poor quality leather.
they are no-name brands that will be very hard to resell if and when you get to the point of wanting a 'good' saddle for showing.


Look at it this way, if you have any long range goals, you WILL need a better saddle. you may say, well, I can get along with this one for a couple of years. Ok, so, you get to the point of needing a new , better saddle. You try to sell your junk one, and no one will buy it. You want to buy a nice, all leather saddle at $500 used. You now must , basically, re-invest the $200 into the cost of your new one, since you will have nothing left over from your first saddle purchase, with your total spent = $700



If you buy a nicer used one first, it costs $500 used, but you pay only that. And no hassle of getting rid of the old synthetic that no one wants.


Okay, Iíll pay more for a name/known brand synthetic one then. Itíll be expensive but I want synthetic/not leather as much as possible. Thanks.

Synthetic BigHornís are around $550.

My ultimate goal is to ride bareback always with a pad, so throwing money at a saddle (which I need now) stinks. But I came here for advice so Iíll follow it.
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Wintec makes some very top-dollar(and some cheaper models as well) synthetic endurance ,(not sure about western) saddles that are very comfortable(if you want to spend anywhere from 1-2k for them!), so synthetic saddles can be very nice. However, the cheaper brands in the $100-$200 range often can have bad stitching or poor quality synthetics, so I'd perhaps ask for reviews on FB or a group of people who've actually owned and ridden in them for a while before buying one.



Anywhere you go in the show world, people are going to tell you that you need to get fancy tack, fancy clothing, etc. It's just how it works. I went through a "rodeo phase" as a teen but when I saw the costs of saddles, tack, boots, etc, I quickly got out of that. I used to show 4-H and open class shows as well when I was younger and the amount of money some things cost was utterly ridiculous. However, I did find that you can often find some pretty decent quality things used or older and they work just fine. I have an old barrel saddle I got for free that looks gorgeous still and works just fine for me as a regular trail saddle(it's an older model, so no 4-inch horn lol). My black show saddle was $250 and is full leather, with barely any use. I don't see the need to buy new tack unless I absolutely cannot find something good quality used.



My advice? If you can, buy it used. Leather tack that's a bit more plain and less-bling is often pretty cheap and you can always embellish it a little on your own if you'd like. Personally, I prefer a more classy and simple look better than the bling anyhow. (You won't catch me wearing crystals or a bunch of silver...) If you ask around and find good reviews for the synthetic saddles outside of the website or Amazon reveiws/etc, go for it! There's no reason why you need to spend a ton of money on a saddle when just getting into a sport that you might not even want to stay in after a while of trying it out, and absolutely no reason why a nice synthetic saddle shouldn't work just fine.


Best answer so far, as far as what I took from it. Thank you. I have zero interest in show, and my goal is to get to ride three days a week for about 2 hours at 4 a.m. before the kids wake up.

Even the horse Iím buying is made for this purpose; he is huge and fast and ugly. Just what I wanted.
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If you're not looking to show, look around in your area for used, quality-looking western saddles. Go see them, try them out on your horse. You certainly don't need a show saddle if you're just riding(you said western pleasure, which is a discipline, so I figured you might be showing and needed a show saddle), and it's pretty easy to find good quality western saddles if you're willing to shop around a little. I would absolutely recommend trying to find one in your area first however, to see what seat size you want, what fits your horse, etc. I try to ride in my saddles a few times before "settling" on them as well just in case because even if they fit the horse, they might not fit me well. A used saddle might be missing a few parts like a stirrup or need a new latigo, but those are quite easy to replace. ;) See if you can find a nicer used one, and if you decide to go full bareback and never use the saddle again, a good leather saddle will always be easier to sell used than a synthetic.

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I rode bareback most of life, without a bareback pad.

I do have an assortment of saddles for when others came to visit and wanted to ride. They range from very expensive custom leather saddles to pricey synthetics.

As I aged, I preferred the synthetics because they weigh less and were much easier to sling up on a horse.

Fabtron is a synthetic saddle you might look into.

I had an Abetta and did not like it for two reasons: center fire rigging and it was poorly made. This was years ago, so Abetta may have upped their quality by now.

The best and most light weight leather saddle I had and loved was my Buena Vista Plantation saddle. It was older and I saved it for parades with one of my Tennessee Walkers. I could easily throw it up on him. They make great trail saddles, if you are used to riding English and want leather:)
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Okay, Iíll pay more for a name/known brand synthetic one then. Itíll be expensive but I want synthetic/not leather as much as possible. Thanks.

Synthetic BigHornís are around $550.

My ultimate goal is to ride bareback always with a pad, so throwing money at a saddle (which I need now) stinks. But I came here for advice so Iíll follow it.
Oh. You didn't state your goal in your first post. Just asked why some might not like synthetics.

Your intention makes sense now. I wonder how difficult it would be for you to find a name brand, used synthetic for sale. They do go cheap.

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If you're set on going western and synthetic, I know there's some decent synthetic Aussie-style saddles out there(pretty much a western saddle minus the horn) that usually sell cheaper. You might also try looking on endurance tack sites/etc because there's quite a few endurance riders that like western style saddles and synthetic tack is very popular among them(Plus it has to hold up well, so they'll know which ones are durable and which ones aren't. No one wants to be half way through a ride and have the stirrup break.).
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I found a Big Horn Bonanza saddle, pretty old, for $200 bucks. If I can get her down to $150, Iíll grab that as a backup. Like 20 years old.


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I found a Big Horn Bonanza saddle, pretty old, for $200 bucks. If I can get her down to $150, Iíll grab that as a backup. Like 20 years old.


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I just want to state:
This forum is full of active, very helpful members. And they arenít rude. Iím thankful and impressed with all the responses I got here.


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I just want to state:
This forum is full of active, very helpful members. And they arenít rude. Iím thankful and impressed with all the responses I got here.


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What a nice thing to share with posters here.....
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So, the saddle....
Nice, nice saddle.
This is a old show saddle with a emphasis on equitation and supporting the riders body correctly in position.
From what I can see worth what the seller is selling for.
Only thing I see is this saddle may fit like a 14.5 seat not a true 15" with how the saddle is constructed.
If you are OK with that, once you know it fits the horse well...complete the sale.
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