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  • Pessoa Saddles - ANYONE??? No Responses???

    Anyone have the newer ones with the Bayflex or AMS wool panels? Do you have a preference for either? I'm considering the A/O Pro but don't know which panel I would prefer. I've always had wool flocked but I'm not opposed to new panel materials like the Bayflex.

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    Are they saddles not in fashion? Not good? I'm getting no responses. Either I must assume no one rides these saddles or you don't respond to infrequent posters.
    Last edited by js; Jan. 12, 2010, 09:40 AM. Reason: LACK of RESPONSES
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  • #2
    I'm not a fan of the newer Pessoas. When I went saddle shopping last summer I specifically hunted down an older 98'ish model A/O, Made in Paris for the better quality. I sacraficed a bit of condition with the little cosmetic blemishes but I find it much better quality and a better ride than the new A/O's. It cost me just as much as a brand new A/O as well, but I know I'll have it for 10+ years like my former Rodrigo of the same type.

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    • #3
      Unfortunately I haven't tried the newer Pessoas. I had an ancient Nelson Pessoa which I loved. All my saddles are currently Bates models with the CAIR (air panels), so you can tell I'm not afraid of new technology in panels! My recommendation is get the model you're considering on trial, either through a local shop or Dover, SmartPak, etc. and see what you & your horse think. Good luck!

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      • #4
        I have an Gen X and LOVE it. Very Comfy.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by City Ponies View Post
          I'm not a fan of the newer Pessoas. When I went saddle shopping last summer I specifically hunted down an older 98'ish model A/O, Made in Paris for the better quality. I sacraficed a bit of condition with the little cosmetic blemishes but I find it much better quality and a better ride than the new A/O's. It cost me just as much as a brand new A/O as well, but I know I'll have it for 10+ years like my former Rodrigo of the same type.

          Sorry I couldn't help more.
          Agreed... the newer ones are not as nice... if you want a Pessoa-esque saddle... Look at Jaguars...

          Like the others, sorry I couldn't be more help!
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          • #6
            I am wondering if the problem Pessoas weren't more of a mid-2000s trend. I know a lot of people felt the quality realllly dropped off (myself included), but I cannot imagine Pessoa not having improved things since then, especially considering a)the prices theses saddles are fetching compared to other off the rack products, and b)the fact that there seems to be a larger number of people satisfied with their Pessoa saddles. Perhaps this is due to the number of people that never rode in the older saddles made in Europe, but it seems there are more and more satisfied customers.

            That being said, I'd also recommend going with a used saddle if you are considering purchasing a new Pessoa. The likelihood of getting a nice deal on a higher quality product is pretty good.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by FrenchFrytheEqHorse View Post
              That being said, I'd also recommend going with a used saddle if you are considering purchasing a new Pessoa. The likelihood of getting a nice deal on a higher quality product is pretty good.
              Ooh! TOTALLY agree on this one!
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              • #8
                I don't personally care for the leather quality or design of the new pessoas. I rode in one a couple weeks ago and did not feel very balanced in it. You can get a lot nice saddle for about the same money, especially if you go used.

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                • #9
                  Made in Paris

                  ah...be careful with that assumption. I had a Pessoa about 10 years ago with those little tacks on the pommel that said "Paris". Thought I was the bee's knees with my fancy French saddle. Got it from a friend who had purchased it new from a tack shop. Loved that saddle. Used it for years.

                  But, eventually when I got a new horse, the Pessoa didn't fit. Had the local saddle expert come out and try new (non-Pessoa) saddles on the new horse. He took one look at my "French" saddle and rolled his eyes at me saying, "Those were made in Argentina." I was speechless. Always wondered if he was telling me the truth. Maybe the brass tack was made in Paris...just not the saddle.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Calling Duck View Post
                    ah...be careful with that assumption. I had a Pessoa about 10 years ago with those little tacks on the pommel that said "Paris". Thought I was the bee's knees with my fancy French saddle. Got it from a friend who had purchased it new from a tack shop. Loved that saddle. Used it for years.

                    But, eventually when I got a new horse, the Pessoa didn't fit. Had the local saddle expert come out and try new (non-Pessoa) saddles on the new horse. He took one look at my "French" saddle and rolled his eyes at me saying, "Those were made in Argentina." I was speechless. Always wondered if he was telling me the truth. Maybe the brass tack was made in Paris...just not the saddle.
                    From my understanding, the Pessoas made in the late 90's were indeed made in Europe. Pessoa then moved their productions to Argentina, but as far as I know, still used/uses European leather. So the assumption that these saddles are made from Argentinian leather is pretty silly.
                    Here today, gone tomorrow...

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                    • #11
                      The older models of Pessoas are great. Fine quality and with wool flocked panels so they can be reflocked to fit the horse. The quality of the leather is great. So many saddleries are going to countries where labor costs are low.
                      If it says Paris it is from Paris.
                      Later on they were made in South America.
                      Many companies are making their Old Name saddles much cheaper in quality now.
                      Costs are eating up the profits.
                      With the economy all over the world so bad I don't see it getting any better soon.
                      Try to find a used one of high end quality and get it reflocked to fit.
                      Wish you the best in your search.
                      sadlmakr





                      Originally posted by FrenchFrytheEqHorse View Post
                      From my understanding, the Pessoas made in the late 90's were indeed made in Europe. Pessoa then moved their productions to Argentina, but as far as I know, still used/uses European leather. So the assumption that these saddles are made from Argentinian leather is pretty silly.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Calling Duck View Post
                        ah...be careful with that assumption. I had a Pessoa about 10 years ago with those little tacks on the pommel that said "Paris". Thought I was the bee's knees with my fancy French saddle. Got it from a friend who had purchased it new from a tack shop. Loved that saddle. Used it for years.

                        But, eventually when I got a new horse, the Pessoa didn't fit. Had the local saddle expert come out and try new (non-Pessoa) saddles on the new horse. He took one look at my "French" saddle and rolled his eyes at me saying, "Those were made in Argentina." I was speechless. Always wondered if he was telling me the truth. Maybe the brass tack was made in Paris...just not the saddle.
                        I thought the Paris was the name of a saddle model made by Pessoa... maybe I am wrong!
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                        • #13
                          I could be mistaken but from what I have heard, Pessoa's used to be made in Paris way back in the day... pretty sure these saddles have the suede seats and flaps so they aren't to hard to miss. Pretty sure the leather for Pessoa's are in fact made in Paris but then shipped to Argentina where the actual construction of the saddle is done.
                          I just sold my A/O which I LOVED! I had it for about 6 years it was a fabulous saddle just didn't even come close to fitting my new horse.

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                          • #14
                            I bought a "new' pessoa a/o on ebay not too long ago. The thing is, although it's never been near a horse and is in new condition, but is actually an older saddle. The buttons do say "Paris" but on the underside it says "Made in England". So no, apparently the paris buttons dont mean "made in paris'.
                            Since that saddle, although gorgeous, doesnt fit me all that well I've ended up riding in a new Gen x with the adjustable tree. Its okay, nice quality and very very soft and comfy. It throws me off a bit though, cause personally it feels like theres quite bit of padding between me and the horse.
                            Looking at the two side by side is comparing apples to oranges. The nicer saddle quality wise is definitely the older one. Its beautiful. I havent had the heart to sell it yet

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                            • #15
                              There are a lot of misconceptions about the Pessoas on the internet. I am not a rep in any way for the company...only dealing in 2nd hand saddles...but did speak with the US supplier to have a lot of these questions answered. Plus, I have had 30+ Pessoa saddles in my posession in the last 2 years...so have been able to make my own judgements.

                              In 2007, I was told that Pessoa started moving factories from England to Argentina around 12 years ago. Leather was marked "Cuir de France" and has been for the entirety of their production, although their saddles were never made in France. They phased out production in England, however continued to use the same leather sources.

                              From my personal observation, saddle quality suffered in the mid 90's. I do not have exact years, because while people can tell me what year they purchased their saddles, they typically do not know how long they sat in the tack shop. There is demonstrable improvement in the leather for saddles purchased in the early 2000s...and the 2006- 2008 models I have seen are very, very nice and improvement from the "original made in England" stamped saddles I have seen.

                              I have had one 2009 model that is not marked "Cuir de France"- I have not inquired to find out about their current leather sources...but will be keeping this saddle as my personal saddle, so that might say something about the quality.

                              Incidentally, I also think buying 2nd hand is the way to go I'd be happy to answer pm's to the best of my knowledge.

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                              • #16
                                I went down to Middleburg to look for used saddles about nine years ago and was told by a very well respected tack store lady that she did not think the Passoas were very well made. I looked them over and had to agree, especially compared to my ancient Seigfied and my daughte'rs Crosby. However, my daughter has a very long leg fron hip to knee and we had a devil of a time finding a saddle that fit both her and her horse. We ended up buying a Pessoa called the Stadium and it fits both girl and horse very well and is very comfortable.....we got it for a very good price from Dover for some reason....discontinued color I think.....It is used alot and has been great no problems. We also bought Pessoa leathers and they were shredded within a year, I never saw tack fall apart so fast. Go figure!

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                                • #17
                                  Pessoa suffers from the same price vs. quality problems the every saddle company has encountered.

                                  Really good quality leather, tanned well has skyrocketed in price. It's a shock to me too that you have to pay at least $3k before you get "back" to leather chosen and tanned to British and French standards. The one slight exception to this rule is the Black Country Quantum.

                                  Yes, most Pessoas you will find floating around now were made in Argentina. But there's better and worse factories there. Pessoa (an early entrant there) seems to have assembled the right manufacturing team. I think their quality is higher than that of other workmanship in other companies (say, Marcel Toulouse, Beval Stamford, and more).

                                  But Pessoas are, by and large, well-designed. They tend to fit lots of horses. They tend to fit many riders, though you increasingly must be of the long-femured variety to be happy in any modern saddle. Shorties and those of us who learned to ride in the PdN era aren't always accommodated.

                                  Pessoa improved upon the design of Bates' changeable gullets. I'm told their easier to switch in and out. I find Pessoas remarkably heavy (Why?), but that difference is immaterial to the horse carrying it. The Bayflex foam is good, but the panel design-- especially the way they flare out in the cantle section-- makes this saddle comfortable for many horses.

                                  To me, Pessoas are a good, reliable "middle of the road" saddle. Are they worth $2 grand and change? Not in my curmudgeonly view.... but then neither are any of the saddles competing for the same slice of the market.

                                  If I had to/desire to buy new, I'd certainly try an Ovation (leather just about as good, another "make many happy" design, and less $$) before I plunked down for a Pessoa. I would not, for example, put a Pessoa, an Ovation and a Dover Circuit on my same "comp" list.
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                                  • #18
                                    The question was asked about the AMS v Bayflex panels in the Pessoa saddles.
                                    Until a few years ago all Pessoa saddles were of the Bayflex panels. These panels are great and there is never a problem with them. However since the demand for saddles to be refitted, the Pessoa factory developed the AMS panels which brings the best of both worlds with a neoprene liner around the wool flocking. This keeps the wool from bunching. There are gussets on these saddles that make for easy access by a saddle fitter.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by SportsFan46 View Post
                                      The question was asked about the AMS v Bayflex panels in the Pessoa saddles.
                                      Until a few years ago all Pessoa saddles were of the Bayflex panels. These panels are great and there is never a problem with them. However since the demand for saddles to be refitted, the Pessoa factory developed the AMS panels which brings the best of both worlds with a neoprene liner around the wool flocking. This keeps the wool from bunching. There are gussets on these saddles that make for easy access by a saddle fitter.
                                      Getouttatown! That's good to know. I'd love to feel one up, just to, you know, to educate myself.

                                      P.S. Your man on this BB board for things Pessoa is PROTACKGUY.
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                                      • #20
                                        PESSOA GEN-X

                                        wow A lot of interesting posts here...

                                        In regards to the Gen-X saddle. The saddle was always made in Argentina... It was never made in England, Paris or anywhere else. The success and quality of the Gen-X was one of the principle reasons Nelson moved his production of all Pessoa saddles from England to Argentina.
                                        As Nelson saw the cost escalating in England and the quality that he could achieve in the Argentina he made a commitment to move his production to Argentina to the one of the worlds most sophisticated saddle factories..
                                        The only reason that the saddles are as reasonable in price as they are is due to the efficiencies of the saddle maker now making them. The saddles have never used Argentine leather.
                                        If the saddle was still made in England the prices would be easily double what they are today with no difference in quality.
                                        Rodrigo has ridden his Argentine made Pessoa to 3 World Cup Championships

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