It really depends on what you are planning to do with your horse or pony and your budget. We do mostly showing and dressage so use either WH saddle or Dressage one, Cliff Barnsbys and the Lux Legend for dressage, but both are used for hacking also and even the dressage on gets jumped in but only lower level. If you primarily hack and on restricted budget then some of the synthetic GP's with adjustable tree's may suit you. As I say depends on what you want it for over all.
I have just invested in a Wintec vsd with Cair - wonderful. It cost £299. I had a Wintec 500 before that for 4.5 years, but he has changed shape and the banana shape tree no longer suits him. The saddle has lasted well though and still looks OK, a few scrapes.
Got an Eclipse synthetic for NF mare, very comfy for me and her, very pliable and almost feels like riding in a treeless, nice close contact. Got a Hi -Lite synthetic for the little boy and my daughter, seat is better for her and fits him a treat althou he changes shape quite a bit from season to season so may well invest in something else for him soon.
Had saddle made for Widey, it cost just over a grand, and is none too comfy!! VSD, good for horse, but bloody agony for me!!!! Going in bucket shortly and start again!!
The truth is, I'd rather be with my horses than with most people. I'd rather scrub buckets than scrub dishes. I'd rather go to a tack shop than go to a shopping mall. I'd Rather clean a stall than clean my house, and I much prefer horse sh** to BULLSH**..
I've got a WOW that I really like. The pluses are it's totally adjustable so he can't grow out of it, you can have pretty much whatever you want & the saddler can adjust it on site. The only thing wrong with it is the price, nearly £1500 now I think.
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I have a Saddle Co GP for Rio, nice and comfy for her and for me too. Got fed up of trying to keep it fitting her wildly fluctuating shape through the seasons, left it at maximum width and bought a suber pad, works a treat.
Cost me about £600, was in the days when I was flush and bought the all leather rather than the leather on top / synthetic underneath.
I've just trialled Kay Humphries holistic treeless saddle, and have to say that I am totally smitten with it. I was quite sceptical about the difference it would make to my horse as I ride in a treeless anyway (Freeform), but I really noticed a huge difference in his trot and canter, particularly when schooling.
Now - do I just max out one of my credit cards, or be sensible and save up for it?!?!?
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