Originally Posted by Kayty
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.
If the rollers were not on the system, then YES it would be see sawing, but because the rollers are there, as I explained in my previous post, they take the motion of the hind legs moving and allow the contact to the bit to remain steady.
No I do not use the system, I don't feel the need to but I can definitely see its benefit.
I'm currently having to remouth my mare after the breakers used a pessoa on her. Prior to being broken she had been lunged with side reins and had a beautiful mouth, worked beautifully on the lunge, active and soft.
She now has a terrible fussy mouth and I watched the Pessoa in action and the while the pulleys absorb some of the motion they don't absorb it all and the action with the movement of the hind legs is to see saw the head down.
I'm now off to continue working my horse on the lunge in side reins to try and correct the damage done by the Pessoa.