5 Western Saddle Q&As
Wanting a new Western saddle but not sure where to start?
Purchasing a new saddle? Excitement, commence! Take a gander at these five helpful Q&As, answered by our friends, Circle Y, to help you in this process. Have more questions? Call or email our Valley Vet Supply saddle experts at firstname.lastname@example.org, and they are more than glad to help.
- Are there different kinds of Western saddles?
- How should riders sit on, or in, the saddle?
- Which saddle seat size is preferred by riders?
- How much can Western saddles weigh?
- Which saddle tree size will best fit my horse?
There are many different types of Western saddles to suit your specific discipline, including saddles made for trail riding, barrel racing, roping, and showing. Learn about the different types of Western saddles produced and the differences in each.
A saddle with a 4 ½” or 5” cantle provides a deep, secure seat. A saddle with a 2 ½”, 3”, 3 ½” cantle will feel more open to the rider.
Seat size for the rider definitely varies on personal preference and discipline, with seat sizes ranging from 10” (kids) to 18” and half sizes also available. In general, for seat size, you should allow for four inches between the front of your body when you’re sitting comfortably and the swell of the saddle. For speed events and roping, a tighter fit is preferred. For trail riding, sizing a half size up is usually preferred rather than snug.
Western saddles can range in weight from 20 to 50 pounds, so depending on rider preference and strength, this aspect can be important when purchasing a new Western saddle.
Professional saddle fitters are available in the industry to study your horse for a sure fit; however, here are some general guidelines to help you in making this decision.
- Horses with a narrow, defined wither are best suited for a Medium tree
- Horses with a wide, with slightly defined, wither are best suited for a Wide tree
- Horses that are Mutton withered, with a big shoulder, should best fit a Foundation wide
- Horses with a really wide back and wither are best suited for an Extra wide