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Synthetic Selection

Though not all riders are prepared to accept synthetic saddles, they have been available on the market for a number of years. Some riders refer back to the experience of friends choosing early, less refined models; but developments in technology in brands such as Wintec 2000 means traditional leather saddles are having some weighty rivalry.

So right now could be the time to look anew at the benefits of a synthetic saddle.

Ease of care - A synthetic saddle takes very much less time to care for. Most of the time, synthetic saddles just need to be cleaned in warm water with the occasional wash with manufacturer recommended detergent. It then simply takes a few minutes to dry and is ready to store.

Weight - Carrying your saddle does not have to be the hardest part of the day with synthetic saddles weighing half as much as leather saddles. Not only a benefit for the rider carrying the saddle, but also to the horse who no longer has to carry a heavy saddle.

Comfort - Made from softer material, synthetic saddles frequently feel more comfortable when starting to ride.

Reduced friction - Better able to spread your weight, the lightweight structure of a synthetic saddle similar to the Wintec 2000 reduces the risk of rubbing as your horse adapts to the saddle.

Grip - Synthetic saddles don't only keep their looks, they also produce excellent grip, holding the rider in the saddle thereby giving a more secure ride.

Adaptability - Giving you more choice than leather, synthetics are often more flexible. Features such as adjustable trees mean that you can adapt the saddle exactly to your horse, both at the outset and as he/she grows over time.

Price - Saving the best part till last, is the price. At around half the amount of a leather saddle, synthetics are more affordable.

Performance, maintainability, price. Synthetics have come a long way since the first models and are now a viable option. However, we're not suggesting you grab simply any old synthetic saddle. A model such as the Wintec 2000or Thorowgood should ensure you realize all of the benefits described above without the worries of earlier saddles, now the cheapest end of the marketplace.

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