Western saddles provide good wither clearance due to their anatomical shape. Western saddles generally have a thick, molded, pressure absorbing panel on either side of the horse´s spine. These panels create a gullet to guarantee improved spinal clearance. Western saddles are often decorated with conchas, feathers and leather straps.
Western saddles also sometimes have a high cantle made of a semi-elastic material, which is anatomically shaped, to horse and rider. This enhances the horse’s freedom of motion and encourages engagement of the hindquarters and vertical flexion of the back.
5 D-rings for saddle bags, breastplate/crupper and western rigging are also common. Western saddles also often come with a standard wide leather covered fork.