Manufacturer: Pessoa (View all products by Pessoa)
Model: Pessoa A/O Junior Saddle Long Flap (View all Pessoa A/O Junior Saddle Long Flap reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I paid $650 for a used saddle from Chagrin Saddlery in Chagrin, Ohio. I needed a new saddle as I had outgrown my old one. I am a tall rider with a very long thigh, but I am fairly thin so I didn't need a huge seat.
Likes: This is a well constructed saddle made of soft, supple leather that has darkened nicely. It fits me very well, and takes up my legs better than most saddles. The seat is comfortable, and there are no knee/thigh blocks. The knee rolls don't push my leg where it needs to go but they do provide support. I have a medium tree and it has never fit any horse I've ridden poorly. I am primarily a hunter/jumper (I do a little bit of everything though), so I ride Thoroughbreds, Quarter Horses, Warmbloods, Haflingers, ponies, you name it!
Dislikes: A circle of leather on the pommel of my saddle was slightly bit faded and worn when I bought the saddle. The circle is about one inch in diameter, you don't notice it from the ground. A friend of mine also has a Pessoa, and she has worn through her pommel. Additionally, some of the stitching by my pommel is a bit loose. I have been oiling it weekly and so far it hasn't gotten much worse, but I've only owned the saddle for six months.
Quality: Sturdy, well constructed. Supple, high quality leather, could be thicker in pommel area. Stitching could be tighter and the leather isn't as tough as I'd like.
Summary: A great saddle for anyone riding multiple horses, especially for riders who don't want knee/thigh blocks. It's a great saddle for the price, but it does show signs of wear on the pommel quickly.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
5 reader(s) voted.
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