I've been reading some of the past posts and noticed 'Breeze' question regarding the 'bars' of a saddle were never really addressed. Can someone enlighten me to what the difference/meaning is of the different 'bars' of a saddle?
I'm in the process of fitting a very round, flat and short back Arabian Mare. And as I research, I keep coming up with more questions than answers Thanks.
Generally semiqh bars are 6" to 6 1/4" quarter horse bars are 6 1/2" to 6 3/4 and full quarterhorse bars are 7" and over. Sometimes different brands vary, but i believe basically that's how they are sized.
Hi WhatARide. My problem is I guess I don't have the typical "Arabian" as far as the back goes. And like you, the more I read the more confused I get because everyone has different opinions of that information. But I got this e-book by Galadriel which did help a bit. I guess the typical SQHB, FQHB, etc are differentiated by the actual gullet width and the angles of the bars are all 90% degrees. Here is the link to the book if you would like it http://tinyurl.com/jlp52 . For right now there is only one saddle at The Saddle Shop that is an Arabian type that will fit my horse. I don't really care for the Abetta/Codura type. So for now I continue my search for a saddle that will fit her.
With your horse she sounds like she has the typical Arabian style body. Do try Chucks templates, they helped me a lot but what helped me the most was take a flexible wire and use that to take the shape or her withers and do a tracing then I held it up to the templates to find the match. Let me know how things go.