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post #1 of 6 Old 03-29-2009, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Which Pessoa Model?

I'm getting rid of my Felton all purpose saddle because I've found myself running into its pommel when I jump. This didn't use to happen with my old horse's way of jumping, but my new OTTB is just learning to jump I feel like my crotch is trapped in my seat over a fence with her. Obviously every horse is going to have a different jumping style whether or not they're experienced over fences, so I figured it was time to look for another saddle. I've been looking at reviews and talking to people around my barn and I really like the way that Pessoas are put together, so I'd like to trial a few of those first and if I don't find anything I'll move onto another brand. I don't really know much about the way saddles are made, but I'd prefer a flatter seat to what I have now, but not a FLAT seat. I'd really appreciate it if you could give me your input on the saddles below based on my little rant about how I can't get out of my saddle- and you can throw in your opinion on Pessoas too if you'd like. Thanks!

My current saddle;

Pessoa a/o: (liking this one the best so far by looks)

Pessoa Gen X;

Pessoa Legacy: (don't mind this one's seat either, but do you think that the flap is too forward?)

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Honestly I'm not a huge fan of Pessoas as I find they tend to fit narrow (just my experience, though I could be wrong). I prefer the Bates as they have better technology and are more likely to fit the horse between the changeable gullet and CAIR. However there ARE some horses that don't like them so try first. For a flatter seat model there's the Bates Elevation which is flatter than the Bates CC. Personally I prefer the CC but it fits my shorter body/long-ish legs better than the Elevation, and I like the slightly deeper seat - though for you sounds like the Elevation would be great. Also - b/c they are more likely to fit more horses, if you ever get a new horse there is less of a chance that you'd need a new saddle b/c of the features of the Bates.

And to all of you reading my posts - my apologies for sounding like a broken record about Bates!!!

I won't say more on the Pessoas as I'm not a huge fan, but also not nearly as educated on them and want ot be fair! Would love to hear some more opinions however! Good luck!

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Of course before my computer froze and my original post was lost, I mentioned that a Bates was my second choice. I talked to my trainer about saddles the other day, and she really likes Pessoas for a used close contact saddle under 1k, (obviously if I had the money I would be considering completely different saddles) and when we talked about Bates she said that she either loved the model she rode in or hated it. I've seen the Caprilli and I've come across the Elevation, and although I like the looks of the make, it seems like there's a lot of space between the rider and horse for a close contact. I've never ridden in either so I can't really judge, but Gracie's (the OTTB) movement seems... how do I describe this... "less controllable" to what I'm used to riding. Like, I need to keep constant leg on, I need to always be aware of my hip angle, etc, and with a thinner saddle I think I would feel more secure. I'm sure it's all mental, but that's basically the reason why I'm trying Pessoas out first. ;)
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One of my moms clients bought the pessoa A/O last year and it started coming apart within a few months. the screws came undone and the pannel under the saddle that sits on either side of the withers started coming off. I wouldn't get a Pessoa at all. Maybe an older model used if you're going to get one. They used to be better quality.

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I really dislike Pessoa's. I have seen them fall apart, break down - and guess what - they are not flocked with wool, they are flocked with foam......so that means you are going to spend that much more, to get it reflocked when it comes time.

I would invest in other brands - personally.
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post #6 of 6 Old 04-01-2009, 04:15 PM
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I just recently took a Pessoa Blythe Tait (very similiar to the Legacy) and a Marcel Toulouse Premia on trial. Both rode very nicely, theyre very similar but the Pessoa was a little hard in the seat. Other pessoa brands i have ridden in have been pretty hard in the seat too. I would really suggest trying a Toulouse. They are extremely comfortable and the Premia has a slightly flatter seat than all of the Pessoas you posted. They cost about 1,000 new.
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