I would like advice on a couple of saddles that I have been looking at (I am looking for a new saddle for $1000 or less). The first is the Dover Circuit Premier Dressage saddle and the other would be the HDR dressage saddles (Parisian, Dortmund, Ventura, etc). My horse has a normal/medium gullet angle and a high wither and I am searching for a saddle with a wide gullet channel.
My questions are:
How is the channel width on these saddles? I am looking for a saddle with at least a 3 inch clearance from the front to the back of the saddle (about 4 fingers width). If you have any pictures of the channels of the Dover or HDR saddle I would greatly appreciate it!
How would the fit be on a high withered horse? My horse has a shark fin so I want to make sure that the saddle has plenty of room. I tried the Thorowgood high withered saddle but the channel was super narrow in the middle (only one inch!) so they are a hard pass, which is sad because the profile fit him well.
How is the quality of the saddle? I have heard nothing of the HDR or Dover saddles, so I am not sure if they are well made.
Are there any other saddles I should look into? If you have any suggestions for dressage saddles with a wide channel and a profile that could fit a high withered horse, please let me know. I am looking for a new saddle and cant afford anything much over $1000 USD including shipping. I am not opposed to synthetic.
Thank you everyone!