The phrase “saddles with full quarter horse bars” is used to describe saddle tree bars made to fit a horse with a wide, stocky, or thick build. A saddle with full quarter horse bars is one of three common phrases often used to describe the bars in a Western saddle:
- Semi-quarter horse bars
- Quarter horse bars
- Full quarter horse bars
It’s important to know that saddles with full quarter horse bars – or the other types of bars mentioned above – are for any breed of horse, not just Quarter Horses. It’s also important to know that saddles with full quarter horse bars can be in any type of saddle: A roping saddle, barrel saddle, trail saddle, and so on. For more information, please scroll down for a brief article beneath the saddles for sale.
Below: The green line represents the width of the saddle tree, and the blue lines represent the angle of the saddle bars. Saddles with full Quarter Horse bars have comparatively wide saddles trees with flatter angles.
Comparison Shop Saddles With Full Quarter Horse Bars
Below are saddles with full quarter horse bars (FQHB) for sale from several major online sellers.
From eBay and HorseSaddleShop
About Saddles With Full Quarter Horse Bars On eBay: You can usually find all brands, new and used. When buying a saddle on eBay read the description carefully. Not all sellers understand saddle trees and saddle bars correctly, and even an honest seller can make a mistake.
About Full Quarter Horse Bars
There are three common terms often used to describe the bars in a Western saddle. Even though all three of the terms have the words “Quarter Horse” in them, they are used to describe saddles intended for use on any breed, not just Quarter Horses. The three terms, along with a brief description of each, are:
- Semi-quarter horse bars have the narrowest saddle tree and the steepest bar angles.
- Quarter horse bars are wider and have slightly
flatter bar angles.
- Full quarter horse bars (sometimes abbreviated as FQH or FQHB) have the widest tree with the flattest bar angles
It’s important to know that a saddle with full Quarter Horse bars made by one saddle maker might have a different tree width and bar angle than a saddle with full Quarter Horse bars from a different saddle maker. This is because there is not an industry wide standard for these terms, and each saddle tree maker sets their own standards.
It’s also important to know that saddles with full quarter horse bars, or any other type of bars for that matter, can be in any type of saddle: A roping saddle, barrel saddle, trail saddle, etc. In other words, the description of the saddle’s bars refers to the fit of the saddle, not the type of saddle.
Full Quarter Horse Bars And The Saddle Seat
The saddle tree, whether it has full Quarter Horse bars or some other type, is made to fit the horse, not the rider. The saddle seat is a separate manner. As shown in this photo, saddles can have trees to fit large, mature horses, but seats to fit even very small riders.