Originally Posted by Saddlebag
First off, find out what the tree is made of. Look at the underside of the saddle. An asian import has fleece in the air channel and this you want to steer clear of. Sometimes the bars on a barrel saddle are shorter because the saddle is used briefly. The bars should be about 21 inches, no less, to help spread the weight on the horse's back if for trail riding.
Ok, I need to write this down and look at it good and ask these questions about the saddle when I go in there. Will take my dad as well as he knows some about saddles.
What exaclty are the bars by the way. I have heard of all the parts but not the bar unless its called something else too