I have a friend who is raving about the pessoa lunging system. I have never heard of it so I googled it. I was wondering what people can tell me about it. Its not a system I think I am experienced enough to handle so its not a purchase question. I know its used to get a horse in frame. I like that idea, but I thought that a horse who is balanced and carries itself in a frame was doing so as a result of the rider giving the appropriate cues. I am just wondering if I am lacking in my understanding of frame as it applies to horses. Is this system as complex as it looks? Do you have the issue of a horse ending up in a false frame? I guess I am wondering how you can train a horse to be in frame without a rider, when the instant you put a rider on you will alter how a horse uses its body. At the same time, its seems like a short cut. Teaching a horse to move in this position regardless of what the rider is doing. Am I completely not understanding the system (probably)?
I would love to get my gelding a little better muscled and traveling in a better frame; however, he is not a candidate for this system in my opinion. He has some very negative associations with lunging. He was trained to canter by being put on a lunge line and basically whipped until he took up a canter. As a result, for the first year that I had him I put him on a lunge line and he took off like a rocket, no walk, no trot just run as fast as you can. I have gradually gotten him to the point where he can lunge on voice commands as long as I don't have a lunge whip in my hands. I even show him that on a lunge line and he regresses. So, me not being familiar with this system can really see myself monkeying it up and causing a major wreck at worst and at best setting us back in our progress. Right now, my horse will carrying himself in a nice frame, when I am in the right position and giving the right cues. Which is not always as often as we would like.
So, I will continue to have it be him and I working together to get him in a frame. I just saw this and wondered what people thought of it.