Originally Posted by its lbs not miles
Not sure where you're getting these "heavy and bulky" stock saddles. Stock saddle's cantle and pommel may be slightly higher on some of the modern models (like mine), poleys are smaller then the knee rolls. Without the stirrups it's under 19 lbs. While it's not "light" compared to a good endurance saddle it's certainly not what would be called "heavy". Even the stripped down McClellan weighed 17 lbs.
Less tree will give you less weight, but it also concentrates more pressure on the horse's back.
This is my 16.5" seat stock saddle. No bulkier than an "English" saddle, but more comfortable.
Ahhhggghhh you know, when I wrote - bulky and heavy, I knew someone might argue that point....I'm comparing...not bashing.....for instance, you say 17lbs, ok, so that would be a light weight compared to a roping saddle which can weigh 30lbs and up which would be considered heavy and bulky COMPARED to your 17lb saddle....I was comparing...sheesh...
Also, there are some stock saddles which are extremely heavy and bulky....perhaps not your particular saddle, but just like many western saddles - you get the heavy weights and the light weights....I was referring to the heavy weights......