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post #11 of 30 Old 09-08-2016, 09:20 AM
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Webbers are a type of stirrup leather. Instead of buckling and having the leather doubled, it hangs by a loop on the stirrup bar, loops through the stirrup so there is only a single leather strap under your leg, and is adjusted with a metal T pin in the holes. Best to look up a picture. Wintec makes them as do some other saddle companies (even leather saddle companies) so you can get either synthetic or leather. It eliminates the bulk under the leg.

Full seat breeches will help you stick to either leather or synthetic. Get what is best for you and your horse and ignore leather snobs if a synthetic fits the bill.
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@HeroAndGunner That's kinda where I'm at right now... I've never rode English consistently just tried it here and there but now I have a coach (the barn owner) who is competing in Grand Prix Trillium level circuits and she also brings in coaches for the whole barn (we split the cost) and trailers to another local coach on top of the fact that she does coaching (for boarders only) so I really have the greatest opportunity to learn and learn well I want to jump on it, but this means that I need to buy a saddle so I can get some time in the saddle and just get accustomed to it.

Hero how much use did that saddle see before sitting? It looks superb!

Oh man a lot. Probably about 2-5 times a week for about 5 years before I changed over to western :) Hit and miss some weeks of course!
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Leather saddles aren't either more or less secure than synthetic saddles. In both cases security is a function of the design, whether the saddle fits you, the grippiness of the surface material, and what you are wearing. Don't malign leather for being less secure, it ain't.

Leather takes maintenance, that's a fact. If cared for it becomes a work of art and time and use. It acquires soul. You get no patina with synthetic, it just eventually breaks down and becomes unrecyclable junk. However that has nothing to do with whether it is the right saddle for you and your horse, and sometimes, tiredly cleaning all my dirty sweat-caked tack after a ride, I have unworthy thoughts about beta biothane.

Whatever floats your boat, I say.
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post #14 of 30 Old 09-08-2016, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the great info, anyone have any input on Cair VS Flocked?

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post #15 of 30 Old 09-08-2016, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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Actually just found this awesome thread on it in the forum!

https://www.horseforum.com/horse-tack...-105757/page2/

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post #16 of 30 Old 09-08-2016, 01:04 PM
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Wintec saddles are great. I like synthetic. They're cheaper, but still last pretty long. Keep it clean too. :)
& they're definitely more comfortable, that's one of my favorite things about them. Good on the wallet, which also helps.

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We rode English today! I was able to use this saddle...




I bought it with the leathers, irons, a bridle (that's in pieces and needs TLC) both pads and a few other items for $50. I couldn't say no. What I found while riding is that a) my legs don't swing like I remember them doing last time I rode English. I actually felt very comfortable in the saddle I was very surprised that I didn't feel like I was slipping off. Maybe leather isn't out completely after all!

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if the trainer is willing to let you use one of their saddles then I would go that route first under their supervision.

then if something happens they are there to see it so not AS big of a deal and then you can also maybe try a few saddles to see if there is a feature that you like or disslike.
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We rode English today! I was able to use this saddle...




I bought it with the leathers, irons, a bridle (that's in pieces and needs TLC) both pads and a few other items for $50. I couldn't say no. What I found while riding is that a) my legs don't swing like I remember them doing last time I rode English. I actually felt very comfortable in the saddle I was very surprised that I didn't feel like I was slipping off. Maybe leather isn't out completely after all!


Oh my 50 dollars for all of that!! Deal of the decade! lol


Just curious why are you wanting to get into English?
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post #20 of 30 Old 09-08-2016, 05:31 PM
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No synthetic saddles are high end.

The best two are Wintec and Thorowgood and they generally fit different sorts of horses.

They last well.
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