Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
The saddle part you are referring to is called the "swell". As far as fit is concerned, you should be able to sit back to the cantle (the back of the saddle) without your butt falling over it and be able to fit your fist (~4") between your tummy and the horn. If your leg is hitting the swell, it could very well mean that the saddle is too small for you or you don't have the fenders adjusted properly. Remember that you ride with a longer leg in a Western then in an English.
The bars of the saddle refer to spread of the tree and the size to fit your horse - not you. Size (for the horse) is measured at the gullet and is an indicator of the size. There are other considerations as to size such as angle of the bars as well.
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Last edited by iridehorses; 08-11-2011 at 08:09 AM.