Manufacturer: Pessoa (View all products by Pessoa)
Model: A/O (View all A/O reviews)
Category: Close Contact Saddles
Purchase: This saddle was bought through our local tack shop, Arizona saddlery. They ordered it for me. I had been riding for one year in the saddles provided by the lesson program, and was ready to own my own! We payed nearly $2,000.
Likes: It is a very comfortable saddle! It fits a wide variety of horses, and I have used for nearly 5 years. I have showed in equitation, hunters and jumpers and it has served well in each. It is very comfortable for flatwork, but supportive enough for the bigger jumps and jumper classes too.
Dislikes: The knee blocks are simply too big, and they make it difficult for me to hold my leg and knee in place. Also, I had had the saddle for no more than a year before the leather of the seat on the pommel split from the leather of the flap on one side. Two years later, the other side had split as well. Now, right in the center of the pommel another hole is nearly ready to rip out. Both knee blocks have holes in the leather, exposing the foam.
Quality: The saddle appears to be well made, but obviously is not wearing very well. I am very surprised that a saddle of this price and reputation can get away with this poor quality leather. I have seen 5 pessoas in my barn alone that have had leather splitting along the pommel.
Summary: Overall, I am very disappointed, and would not suggest buying a pessoa saddle. Even though they are comfortable, the leather apparently just cannot hold up to daily use. I would rate this a 2 1/2, but I'll go with the 2.
Usefulness Rating: 1.6 out of 5.
5 reader(s) voted.
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