This is what I was looking at the other day: Western Saddle Fitting and Different Tree Sizes
They lump all trees into either narrow or wide. If it were only that easy. :roll:
I always thought "quarter horse bars" was a size in-between semi QH and full QH, like you posted.
And then, to make things even more confusing, there is this:
- Regular Quarter Horse bars - gullet width: 5 3/4"
Semi-quarter horse bars - gullet width: 6"
Full quarter horse bars - gullet width: 6 1/4"-6 1/2"
- Extra-wide quarter horse bars - gullet width: 6 3/4"-7"
- Arabian bars - gullet width: 6 1/4"-6 3/4" (has a flatter pitch than quarter horse bars)
Which I found near the bottom of the page here: The Saddle Tree
That lists "regular QH Bars" as being the narrowest tree. Which doesn't make sense to me.
I guess the reason I am curious is my Mustang fits great in a Steele brand FQHB tree. That was a bit too wide for my Missouri Fox Trotter. I found a saddle with a Steele brand "quarter horse bars" tree that fits her perfect. They BOTH have a 7" gullet, but the bar angle is different. I guess I was just trying to figure out exactly what "quarter horse bars" meant in relation to semi and full QH bars. I guess it's just the bar angle since both gullets measure the same and they are the same brand of tree, so unless you tried it on the horses you would never know the tree fit was any different. Weird, huh?
I still don't know which is considered wider, quarter horse bars or semi-quarter horse bars. Since there seems to be conflicting info out there.