What is a BW saddle tree?

-BW is a Buster Welch tree most commonly used in cutting, cowhorse and ranch cutting saddles. It refers to the shape of the swells, not a specific fit or set of measurements. BW trees fit your average built cowhorses very well. They’ll fit a ton of horses if they have a decent back and withers.

What are the different types of saddle trees?

There are three main types of saddle trees. The main types are: flex tree, a ridged tree, and treeless.

What are Western saddle trees made of?

In recent years saddles have been developed with fiberglass trees, flexible trees, or no trees at all. Traditional saddle trees are made of soft woods such as pine or poplar, as hard woods can crack and splinter under pressure.

What is the twist in a western saddle?

The term “twist” of the saddle tree can be confusing as it refers to two different things related to the configuration of the tree bars. The twist of the seat refers to the how close the tree bars are built at the narrowest part below the rider’s seat.

What width saddle do I need?

Place the foil or cardboard on a carpeted stair and sit down, then pick up your feet to mimic your riding position. When you stand up there should be two depressions left by your sit bones. Measure the distance between the centres of the depressions and add 25 to 30mm to find your ideal saddle width.

What tree size does my horse need?

The tree must not only be wide enough for the withers, but it has to accommodate the horse’s shoulders. They should be able to rotate freely, and for that to occur, the tree angle must match the shoulder angle. The scapula motions upward and backward as the horse moves.

How do I know if my horse needs full or semi quarter horse bars?

A saddle with full quarter horse bars is designed to fit a horse with a wide, fairly flat back. A saddle with semi-quarter horse bars is designed to fit a horse with a medium-sized back.

How do you measure the gullet width of a saddle?

Gullet Width – The gullet of the saddle is the gap between the two bars of the saddle tree. It is measured at the front of the saddle. You measure your Western saddle’s gullet by stretching a tape measure from concho to concho across the front of the saddle directly below the pommel.

How do you measure the gullet width on a Western saddle?

How to Measure a Gullet on a Western Saddle – YouTube

Is the tree and gullet the same thing?

The tree is the underlying framework of the saddle. The gullet is the channel that runs from the pommel to the cantle on the underside of the saddle. Although the size of the tree influences the front of the gullet, the tree size and the gullet size are not the same.


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