Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Northern Illinois
When I was looking for a Close Contact saddle, I first chose an HDR saddle. I'm almost positive it was the Pro A/O. They are beautiful saddles, for sure, but they are a terrible fit. I would not recommend them to anyone. It could have been my horse's back, but if my skinny little TB needed wider than a WIDE tree (I tried 3 different saddles), then we have some issues going on. Plus, I've also heard that they often have twisted trees and just general poor craftmanship.
When I rode in it (mistake, I know...), it pitched me forward too much. Even for a jumping saddle, it just over did it.
I finally settled on the Circuit Elite by Dover. It's a great saddle, perfectly balanced, similar price to the HDR, and often likened to an inexpensive version of the Pessoa. I've never ridden in a Pessoa, but they are good saddles, no doubt.