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  • Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    I recently separated my shoulder, and cannot lift my saddle high enough to put it on the horse. Since there is not always someone around to help, I bought a synthetic exercise saddle, and find it very light and easy to lift. However, it is over 40 years since I last used one (exercise saddle), and I also find it very slippery and as if there is no saddle there. Do the synthetics ever break in? Has anyone else used them? It is not uncomfortable, but it does make me feel somewhat insecure.

    • This topic was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by Joe-Joe Joe-Joe. Reason: clarification

    It is never the horse's fault

    pheets pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    Hey Joe-Joe, how you feeling?!

    I love how light and easy toting they are! And they aren’t uncomfortable, fit a variety of horses and are budget friendly. I don’t love how they don’t break in, in the sense that a more permanent leg “home” develops with leather. Where I used to ride many horses per day, for me this was a point of annoyance after a while. With a regular trail/work/moderate work load, one rider, one horse, it might not be an issue.

    Maybe try a seat saver of some type? Full-seated breeches(they have their place but it’s not on MY butt)? Sit-tite?

    Velcro, duct-tape, baling twine and bubble gum…tools of the trade 😀

    Good luck with this, Joe-Joe, and stay safe!

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Thank you pheets! The pain is constant but bearable, except for lifting things high, so I can bear it. On the other hand, my mother died unexpectedly last week so I am rather depressed. Do you think hot glue would work? I am accustomed to planting myself in the saddle and staying where I want me to be. If the baling twine doesn’t work, I guess I will try full seat breeches (always thought they were a bad idea, because one depends on them rather than developing a good seat).

    It is never the horse's fault

    pheets pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    So sorry to hear about your mum! That’s a hard change in life, no matter the reason or timing. Profound sympathies to you, Joe-Joe. Hugs, too.

    Full seats are just like any other tool: depend on them for stability or not, and they can be pricey. Seeing as Olympic 3 day is not your immediate goal, who cares if you depend on your britches or not? We aren’t young anymore and don’t need to give new meaning to the term “pool party”. Personal comfort and safety come in to play here now, we’ve earned it : ). And for the most part, the full seat just makes for less repair, longer wear anyway. Over-rated, hot in the summer. Maybe get REAL old school and go for a pair of full suede chaps! Restart a trend : )

    Hang in there, Joe-Joe, glass of wine, a good cry and a close friend (Joe-Joe : ) can help a little. More hugs.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Thank you. I do have chaps, but having (surprise!) lost weight over the last 30 years, they are rather loose, and also HOT in the summer. Finding someone to take them in would cost more than just getting new ones, and I don’t really want to do that. One nice thing about breeches is that they stretch, which my muscles cannot seem to manage anymore, so I prefer to ride in them.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by Joe-Joe Joe-Joe. Reason: spelling

    It is never the horse's fault

    Joan Fry
    Topics Started: 11Replies Posted: 324

    Hi, Joe-Joe,

    I’m sorry to hear about your mother. I know about that one from personal experience. You don’t need the pain of a dislocated shoulder on top of that!

    Synthetic saddles are frowned upon by a lot of people because they don’t “breathe” the way leather does, and can allegedly heat up a horse’s back. My only first-hand experience with one is a synthetic Aussie saddle that I bought just to try one out on Prim, my old ASB mare. I have the “English” version–pommel, no horn–but I haven’t ridden in it enough to say yay or no to the “it heats up a horse’s back” people. Or to know if they ever “break in.” That wasn’t much help, was it. Sorry!

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by  Joan Fry.
    Mapale Mapale
    Topics Started: 4Replies Posted: 421

    J-J
    I’m so very sorry to hear that you are parted from your mother. Hugs and prayers for you and your family. Be gentle with yourself and spend lots of time with Joe-Joe. As you probably already know, time does make it better, and in the meantime, horses will get you through – that and chocolate or whatever makes you feel better. I still miss my mom and she’s been gone ten years, but she’s never very far from me – she informs my daily thinking – the way I go about things I can hear her advice from cooking to mothering to dealing with stress. She is still with you in so many ways you’ve yet to discover.

    If I could tell her one thing, I’d let her know what a dear lady her daughter is – how her kindness to others and to those who are vulnerable (horses) demonstrates a woman of good character, a fine life’s work.

    Something tells me that the last thing you would have to worry about is keeping a good seat. I agree with pheets that you’ve earned comfort and safety. If you feel best in full-seat breeches, then that’s what you should wear.

    Aren’t there fleece saddle covers that might also do the trick – at least take away the slipperiness (is that a word?)?

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Joan – It was a good try! I only plan to use it when there is no one to help me with my real saddle, and since it is so uncomfortable, I don’t use it for a long ride. The only reason I have it is because I can lift it up. It is so long since I last galloped horses, I forgot that one does not mount normally, but rather someone throws one on the horse as it jogs by – the thing slipped sideways, and I nearly had a disaster. Fortunately, we were standing still, so I was able to recover. That boy is apparently a balloon.

    I am sorry you also lost your mother – I keep waiting for the phone to ring, and save up things to tell her. It is hard.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Mapale – thank you so much. My mother was a very strong woman who made friends wherever she went.

    I wonder if I might find a chocolate horse? That would be an unbeatable combination. I don’t worry about my seat exactly, it is just that it has always been the best thing about my riding (and good knee contact). However, exercise saddles are really more about balance than contact, and I have to remember that. Just don’t want to slide off and annihilate the other shoulder. Have always felt that those who use the full seat breeches are cheating in a sense – not relying on ability. It’s hard to explain, but I fear that not using them makes me feel superior (and that is a horrible way to be). I did wear chaps today, and they made a big difference – perhaps I am past being able to just ride in jeans and sneakers.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Mapale Mapale
    Topics Started: 4Replies Posted: 421

    Here’s wishing you all the chocolate horses you can stand. From what you say about your mom, the apple does not fall far from the tree.

    Alois Podhajsky: “When I hear somebody talk about a horse being stupid, I figure it’s a sure sign that animal has outfoxed them. ...

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Thank you.

    It is never the horse's fault

    tunastick
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 7

    Try the Thorowgood or Wintec saddles with the synthentic suede seats. Both offer deep seated versions and you’ll stick to the saddle seat, too.

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    I don’t want another one, I just wondered if the one I have will break in or not. Not using it now, as my boy is apparently a balloon, and made me so mad I was able to put his real saddle on him.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Silversmama Silversmama
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    I have used synthetic saddles for the last several years. I don’t show, only ride trails and open areas, but I have never had any bad issues with either my Western synthetic or my English one. I am very partial to the western one, though, as I feel more secure in it. I have purchased a saddle pad for me that has the type of seat which is that waffle, breathable material and I like that. Recently I purchased a flex-tree Arabian synthetic saddle and am now getting used to it. My horse seems to be happier with it, as his stride has lengthened and he seems to want to move out more. I only ride the one horse with my saddle so I can’t comment on transferring to other horses but really I never had any issues with using a synthetic saddle. This horse it the first one I’ve ever ridden that I didn’t use a traditional heavy western saddle, but as I’ve been in a lovely car wreck with multiple disk issues, I’m really glad to have a lighter saddle. Having said that, I have also lost my mom and am very sorry for your loss. My horse has been an invaluable asset for long talks and neck hugs with tears. He always listens and lets me ramble on when I’m having sadder or tougher days. Good luck with your shoulder. I’ve also gone through that and it will heal, but you may become great at gauging the weather! Good luck!

    Joe-Joe Original Poster Joe-Joe
    Topics Started: 17Replies Posted: 1205

    Thank you. We are doing better, and I have reverted to my original saddle now, as my boy is a balloon, and refuses to exhale (could not get the girth up to the billets!). Since it is 40 years since I have used an exercise saddle, that through me off (not literally) also.

    It is never the horse's fault

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