Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: In Sunny, HOT and HUMID S.C.
Western style seats of the correct size for the rider are among the most comfortable (otherwise we could never have spent so much time in the saddle working cattle). To small and they're a pain. When they're larger than needed it hasn't bothered me, but after 3+ hours in one that's too small you're lucky if you only have one area that hurts. If you do a lot of riding you'll want a large enough and a relative flat seat so you can adjust your postion to what's most comfortable. If you're ride is long enough you'll likely find that you'll change your position in the saddle at times. That's one of the reason a smaller seat creates aches and pains. You can't adjust your position for your comfort.
The real problem with Western style saddles is they have a horn (something not needed unless you're roping) and they weigh a ton (something the horse really doesn't need), but if well fitted they displace weight pretty well.
With the exception of the child saddle my granddaughters use (with no horn) I haven't owned a western style saddle in almost 20 years.
If a full quater horse bar fits your horse you're lucky. Be glad you don't have one that's to big for that and to small for a draft saddle. It's tough to even find someone who will custom make a saddle for a horse that one of the standard sized trees won't fit. Thank goodness for Universal Pattern and Troopers.
They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)