Originally Posted by Chele11
I will remeasure it without the blanket, inside the fleece. I know it measures more than 7-7.5" because it is wayyyy bigger (more splayed out) than the other saddle I have and it measures right at 7".
The angle of the bars is definitely "flat", which you need with a wide/flat backed horse. That is the angle of the underside of the tree, how it flares out to the sides. A true Full QH Bar saddle will have a wide/flat angle. Most FQHB saddles will measure 7-7.5" wide at the level of the conchos. That width works fine for most stocky/wide horses. It's the angle of the bars that needs to match the angle of the horse, just behind the shoulder blades. Some FQHB saddles end up having a steeper angle, which doesn't work for a horse with big shoulders or a wide rib cage. Unfortunately, not all FQHB saddles are the same width or angle. It varries from manufacturer to manufacturer, and tree sizes can even change from saddles made in the 80s, 90s, or 00s.