Found a photo that shows the scuffing. It's maybe a tiny bit worse than this--two more rides after this photo.
Yea, I had that thought, about the synthetic. The zippers are on the outside, so that's not a problem.I've known more than one person have damage from as well as having been told repeatedly that synthetic stirrup leathers and leather saddles don't mix. I'd say that holds true for synthetic boots as well. Another no go for me around any saddle are inside zippers. They can tear up a saddle in no time.
I just found some "boot gaiters" that wrap over your calf/boot, for hiking and such. I ordered two different types--soft fabric ones, like fleece, not nylon. Hoping this solves the problem. Otherwise, I like livelaughride's idea of putting leather pieces over the vinyl patch.Could you fit really large half chaps over the calf of those boots? Awkward, but might solve the problem.
I've also seen a type of leg warmer - like a look wool tube - worn kind of as a half chap. No idea whether it would stay up. You'd lose all grip though.
YEa, I've seen those! That's an idea, but yea, at those price points I'm going to see if anything else will work first. LOLI was trying to see if I had any pictures of my full western sheepskin seat saver as that one has flaps that lace on over the fenders, but I guess I don't. They're not cheap, but they might solve the rubbing, and if you check the endurance tack sale groups on Facebook, you might luck out on a used one.
ETA: Realized I actually had it here at home.
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I'm intrigued by the idea of adding a leather panel to my boot, where it hits the saddle. How did you attach yours? I'm thinking I'd probably just have to glue it? Small leather sheets are very cheap and I can get black so it won't be too noticeable that it's an add on. LOL And it won't be as hot as wearing a full fleece "wrap" over my boot, which is what I came up with yesterday--"boot gaiters".Is the vinyl patch supposed to be 'grippy'? The texture, if it isn't smooth like leather, will or can scuff the fender leather. I had a pair of ariat chaps that had a suede leather inner that scuffed my western saddle. Quite irritating - I ended up putting leather pieces on top of it and no more scuffing.