I will take a few more picture with the ruler or tape measure today. It would be hard for me to tell you exactly what the saddle weighs. I will try to put it in a box and take it down to the UPS office to see how much it weighs, which I will need to know for shipping anyways. I had an old roping saddle that weighed about 60 lbs and that sucker was heavy. This saddle will take a little effort to pick and put on the horse, but not as much as the old saddle.
As far as the seat Qtswede is right, it will make you feel more secure in the saddle. When I have ridden in it, I would prefer to be riding in this saddle while riding at a fast lope or going up and down hills.