Came across a western saddle with a "unique" (at least to me) build. It has the fork generally exposed ie. No leather on it. Has anyone else seen this? Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I've included photos below
It appears to me that the tree has been wrapped in rawhide, so the wood of the tree is not exactly exposed. So long as the wood is protected, then it's really just a matter of aesthetics. That style isn't terribly common, but I have seen a few saddles that were similar.
Although, the saddle that you posted, I'd be much more concerned about the overall quality of the saddle as it appears to be fairly low-end. The leather appears cheap/thin and there are some other markers that make me think it's a poorly made saddle.