I'm getting a new Equipe jumping saddle but can't decide on what type of leather. I can get both calfskin and printed leather for the same price.
Please help me choose! . I ride every day
I much prefer grain leather over calfskin. I would rather suffer through the break in but have a saddle I don't have to baby and be worried about wear on. Top leathers these days are so soft anyway that calf is just an extra enhancement.
Even on my custom CWD I opted for grain leather, not because it was less expensive but because it is much more durable. I hate the way calf marks up so easily, and my CWD was pre-oiled before it was shipped to me, so the break in was a snap.