the size of the Circle-Y was the length of my thump and middle finger extended hehe (or technically the full length of my hand) so it would be about 7-7.5 inches....a Quarter Horse tree I believe is the name of it.
I'd perfer a leather vs. a synthetic, but not sure if I can afford a leather. I'll be looking at the synthetic ones and taking pictures of them for everyone to see. But if I remember correctly the only consignment ones were costly.
What I want for a western is mainly something that will fit Sonny, my comfortable for me (though I can and WILL live with one that isn't as long as it fits Sonny perfectly or as close to perfect as I can get and he responds good to it), not tooo expensive, one that will be good for trail riding, one that is good quality, and hopefully can use for shows (optional since I may have to go with a synthetic...but I can always use the BO's daughters Circle-Y for shows I guess)
Mlkarel, In your opinion, do you think the synthetic Big Horns are as good as the leathers....meaning quality wise. At a tack shop on consignment there is a nice tooled with silver light to medium oiled leather one by Big Horn that looks like it would fit for $800 ish, but at the place where I'm going there is the Big Horn Synthetic that I liked before that was $395 I believe.
Maybe I should just get a good quality synthetic and save up for a fancy Circle-Y or another nice leather saddle. That way I wouldn't have to use my "show" saddle (which would be a fancy leather one) for pleasure riding as well...I dunno hehe