Do you ride a little mustang or something? I have put the heaviest 26” barrels I ever had in a scabbard before and never really thought they got in the way of anything. Might pull your saddle over to one side when you’re not in it but other than that what’s the point of feeding some stupid beast of burden all year if you can’t make it carry your stuff?
well the OP said the reason was horse packing. I agree short barrel is the way to go for the thick stuff.The only beast of burden I have around here is me.
And I don't like to carry any more weight than I absolutely have to lol. Plus I do a lot of pushing through alders and no matter how you carry a 26"or longer rifle it really gets hung up on them. Almost fell to my (possible) death climbing a rock face after some goats when my barrel got hung up in the alders or Willow that were somehow managing to cling to it