Youth saddles are simply a smaller version of the larger horse saddle. They are built on a smaller tree to accommodate the smaller rider. Youth saddles can accommodate children, teenagers and small adults needing that smaller seat size. Youth saddles can be used on ponies and horses of any size. They are typically built for the size and structure of the rider with the same bar and tree selections available as standard horse saddles. A saddle is considered to be a youth saddle if the seat size is 14 inches or lower.