Originally Posted by appylover31803
Jazzy had a thread about the Pessoa Training system and I was looking into it, but I think I will be overwhelmed with it. So I was thinking about getting side reins, but never used them before. If I get them, I'll only use them like once a week or something. But I don't know what type to get, leather or elastic. I'm leaning towards elastic because it seems more forgiving than leather, but I have no idea. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!
As a prelude to the pessoa I started lunging today with side reins. My opinion id that they don't need to be fancy . The ones I used were borrowed from a friend and I think they are about 15 years old lol they are made of what looks like synthetic material and have very little give in them. They seemed to act just like my hands would when holding the reins by creating a form of wall if they pull against it. I was thinking while lunging that you could even attach reins to your saddle to create side reins in a pinch.
I've also heard that the elastic reins give too much give and the horse can pull against them quite easily.
Once I get the pessoa going I will take detailed pictures on how I set it up. That may help anyone interested in getting the system but are overwhelmed by it all :)