SP, once again, there are rollers on the ropes which prevent it from seesawing. Have you actually seen one in use in real life, rather than just reading or looking at drawings?
Because I have seen a Pessoa system used a number of times, and I can tell you from an eyewitness view, that the system ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT 'yank and pull the horses everywhere making it more confused'. The horses that I have seen travelling in a Pessoa system, have gone very sweetly and happily, there was no see sawing action to be seen, the horse can easily raise it's head but the system merely encourages the horse to stretch over the back.
It is a far more user friendly system than side reins, which are a great lunging tool if used in knowledgable hands, as the bum rope is encouraging the horse to engage its hind legs rather than needing the lunger to concentrate soley on the hind legs when in side reins to prevent the horse leaning and falling onto the forehand. The Pessoa also prevents the horse being able to lean against a solid contact, but still gives a constant contact so that it is not being hit in the mouth at every stride.
Kadeebug, I greatly agree with you
I use the Pessoa Training System on Nelson, and it does not see saw his mouth in any form. I use it because his topline is weak and there are days where I cannot get on his back and ride, so I turn to the Pessoa Training System to help.
I was encouraged to buy this system from my Equine Chiro and my Equine Massage Therapist who work on my horse monthly, and depending on the severity of his sessions, I am not permitted to get on his back - so therefore, this system comes in VERY handy for me.
When Nelson works in this "gadgetry" he does soften, he does stretch stretch down and I see the benefits, so does my Chiro and Massage Therapist.
And Nelson is a very schooled horse.