I am thinking about starting my weanling western in the future (like 2-3 years.) I am trying to learn a little bit more about western saddles. I know different styles use different saddles (trail, roping, reining ect.) I am not sure what I want. If I compete it would just be local shows, probably WP. I am hoping to find a saddle to find my mare 14.3 about 1000lbs (medium english tree) she's not very wide, but she's not narrow either. I am hoping this saddle can also fit my qh cross when he grows up. I have a feeling he's going to have simmilar structure to my mare. I fit a 16.5-17.5 english saddle. I know you can get a pony saddle, full bars or quarter bars (i think that's right.) But I don't know how the bars work, or how their sizing works. (Im assuming the bars form the channel of the saddle?)
My equestion is what kinds of saddles should I look for. Any suggestions? Ill probably end up taking some saddles on trial from the local tack store, to get her size right. Im not looking for a very expensive or showy saddle. Just something to do local shows in.