Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Ft. Worth, Texas
Saddles are built with different tree sizes, shapes, and widths. For most horses, the width of the bars is critical in making sure the saddle fits your horse. If the bars are too narrow or too wide, it pinches the horse or puts undue pressure on their withers or parts of the back not meant to be weight bearing, which can significantly impact the performance and attitude of your horse. Think about buying a pair of shoes that doesn't fit and having to carry a 30 pound back pack for miles. You would be cranky and irritable by the end of the hike and you wouldn't be very enthusiastic about getting up the next morning to do it again, right? Well, same thing for a horse with a poorly fitting saddle. To me, buying a saddle that fits the horse is one of the most important things you can ever do for your equine companion.