Manufacturer: Pessoa (View all products by Pessoa)
Model: Rodrigo Gen X Saddle (View all Rodrigo Gen X Close Contact Saddle reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: I bought my Gen X saddle from a friend who no longer needed it, I paid $650 for it - and that was a REAL deal. It was almost perfect, the only time it was used was out on the trails around her house. I bought it because I was kind of looking for a new saddle since I had a Wintec, and I was getting into more and more eventing so I needed a nicer saddle.
Likes: I love this saddle, the leather is so soft and supple. Also for higher levels of eventing and hunters/jumpers the seat is much more shallow compared to my Wintec which will make drops/banks easier and the cantle won't hit me in my back. Also the knee rolls aren't as prominent so you have more freedom, but your knees are still kept securely in place. The girth billets are very easy to use and tighten the girth with, while on the horse (especially after they are all broken in). The saddle if fairly easy to take care of, I condition mine once a week and really clean it once a month, unless by some chance it gets incredibly dirty before then. I have a quarter horse gelding and the saddle is a 17" Medium tree and it fits him wonderfully. The stirrup leather are very easy to put on the stirrup bars, but the bars aren't so loose that they slide out.
Dislikes: There is nothing I don't like about this saddle. The only problem I had was it took me about a week and a half to get used to it because it's so different from the Wintec. But now that I am used to it I would never go back to any other saddle.
Quality: The construction is great, it's maybe about 2 years old and has been used heavily since I bought it but it still looks almost brand new and there is no loose stitching anywhere. The panels are still like new and all in all this is the best saddle for anyone who is serious about eventing and showing in general - I even do dressage in it, since I don't have a dressage saddle right now.
Summary: This saddle is one of the best saddle out there at an affordable price. New it sells for about 1,200 -1,400 depending on where you buy it.
Author: Extremely Satisfied Customer
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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