I’m a dressage rider and have done english exclusively for the last 15 years. I know NOTHING about western tack. I did some western pleasure in my younger years, but the horses I rode always came with their own tack.
I’m wanting to get a western saddle for my 16 hand QH/TB cross. His dressage saddle is a Niedersuss, wide tree, 17” seat.
Can someone help me understand western saddles? There are trail, reining, cutting, barrel, show, etc. Full quarter and half quarter bars. The seat sizing seem different that english.
I just want a nice looking, comfortable, saddle to trail ride and ride in the ring. I have no idea how to fit a western saddle to him or me. Thanks for any advice!
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