Originally Posted by Blue
Thanks. Bearing in mind that everybody uses different terminology for the same thing I'm currently using a Courts saddle with (I believe) fqhb and 7.5" measurement for bar width, which I believe folks here are saying gullet measurement. It fits her beautifully which is the only reason I still use it. But it feels like it kinda throws me forward which makes my old back hurt. It's only a 15.5" seat and although I've been told that I fit in it well, I guess I'm just used to a larger seat. My old saddle was about 16.5". And of course different makers have different styles so they all feel different. So I guess I need to just look around at different options. The most important thing is that it fits my mare well for right now. It would just be nice to have something that I'm more comfortable in too.
You have a gullet and bar spread.
Gullet is the distance between the tops of the bar. The highest point on the front of the bar that makes contact with the horse (or is suppose to).
Bar spread is the distance between the bottoms of the bar. The lowest point on the front of bar making contact with the horse.
E.g. My older mare has a 9" gullet and a 14" bar spread.
A proper fitting saddle will have equal pressure on the top and bottom of the bar.