I am thinking of getting a western saddle for my 12 year old daughter to ride Cinny in, so I have a few questions. When do you know if you need QH bars or half QH bars and what do they do? Cinny has somewhat non existent withers, what I mean is his neck goes directly into his back and you can't really tell where his withers start or begin (see picture below) and they are really narrow as well. Does this mean he needs QH bars? I know, sort of a silly question but I have never actually bought a western saddle before as they have always been with whatever horse I bought at the time.
Also, my daughter is fitting well in a 16 inch hunt seat with a little room to grow, and I know that western saddles are measured differently. Which size Western saddle would be comparable? She is 12 so she will be growing.
If you have any recommendations on type/style please let me know. Thanks for your help. I'm thinking one of the rounded barrel saddles.