If you are riding endurance and trails, you will not make a mistake buying a Tucker, but buy a used one and if you keep it clean and in good condition, you will be able to sell it for what you paid for it, or at not much of a loss.
I have both the Tucker Equitation and the Tucker Endurance saddles, both I bought used for about half the cost of a new one. I could sell either for exactly what I paid for it, and it wouldn’t be on Ebay or craigslist for even a week.
Never buy synthetic for trail riding, it is a waste of money and will not hold value. It is very rare that I disagree with G&S here or Joe-Joe. But for your intended use, buy a good Tucker saddle. You are worth it and your horse is worth it. I DO ride western and I have ridden endurance, you will feel the miles in a cheap saddle, and so will your horse.
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