Nelson Pessoa’s experience, feel and sensitivity led him to develop the first truly close contact saddles that put the rider in the most balanced and comfortable position. Nothing is more important in achieving this unique feel and balance than the panels of the saddle.

To ensure precision, the molding and design of the Pessoa® panels are protected by a patent and areproduced entirely in house to ensure the integrity of the original design.

Both Nelson and Rodrigo test ride saddles from each production of panels at their equestrian center in Brussels to ensure that every Pessoa® saddle rides like a Pessoa®.

With the perfection of the AMS® system, some Pessoa® saddles are now offered with synthetic wool flocking for those who prefer this type of panel over the Bayflex® foam panels.


Bayflex® is a type of memory-flex polyurethane which has been specifically designed for padding purposes by BAYER®.

Bayflex® is an extremely versatile material than can adjust itself to different pressures and maintain its protection without losing its shape. Because it is a specialty padding, it is able to provide ultimate cushioning without bulk.

Bayflex® does not bottom out, heat up or cause sore spots on the horse’s back. They will adjust to a horse’s back, providing even contact and pressure, then spring back when removed, making this system idea for those who ride multiple horses or those who prefer an ultra close contact.


Traditional style wool – and synthetic – flocked panels can bunch up, causing hot spots and uneven pressure. As time goes by, this panel requires constant adjustments and reflocking because of shifting experienced during use.

The AMS® System has been designed to allow a perfect union between horse and rider. This system eliminates hot spots by dispersing any pressure variances of the flocking within the panels, thanks to the exclusive pressure stabilizing neoprene layer.

The neoprene layer provides a soft, consistent layer to support the rider’s weight on the back of the horse. This layer will absorb impacts and distribute pressure evenly for maximum comfort and freedom of movement for your horse.

Saddles with AMS® panels can be re-flocked and fitted to your horse, just like traditional wool flocked panels.


All of the Pessoa® saddles are available with the interchangeable gullet X-Change® System. The rider can modify the width of the tree using any of our interchangeable gullet plates and a screwdriver. It is really that simple.

This system does not change the integrity or look of the saddle. A saddle with a medium gullet plate installed fits and looks exactly like a standard medium fixed-tree saddle.

The strength is the same, the feel is the same and all Pessoa® trees feature a 25-year warranty.

The tree size can be changed from Narrow up to Extra Wide.

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