Manufacturer: Pessoa (View all products by Pessoa)
Model: Gen X (View all Gen-X Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: Fort Wayne Tack Shop - found on the internet, paid $900. My daughter was moving up from a Pessoa AO Junior, but we did not want to pay for an Adult AO for her. She was also moving up from Ponies to Children's Hunters.
Likes: The leather on the saddle was soft, broke in beautifully, took oil excellently. It puts her in a beautiful position, she has enjoyed it immensely and been incredibly proud of it. Two other kids in the barn got $3000 saddles at the same time she got her Pessoa, and she liked her saddle better.
Dislikes: Unfortunately, we have been unplesantly surprised by some breakdown in the leather where the seat is stitched in. It started to separate less than a year after we got it, I hoped it would not get any worse, but it now appears that it will eventually develop a rip. We are heartbroken because she doesn't want another saddle, and doesn't want to have to break another saddle in. She takes excellent care of the saddle, oiling it and cleaning it regularly.
Quality: Overall, the quality and construction is excellent. I think there is a chance Pessoa just got some defective/weak leather and did not know it.
Summary: It is unfortunate that such a well-known and respected saddle maker could get bad leather. We are heartbroken and hope that someone can help us out. Pessoa has not responded to my email yet.
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
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