Model: Training Aid
Category: Training Equipment
Likes: I use this on all my horses, especially young ones as it encourages them to seek a contact and work properly from behind. I used to use side reins but there only work the front (ie. hold the horses head in!) whereas the Pessoa works the behind too as if they lean on it then the rope tightens behind their bum encouraging them to work light. It has build up muscle and topline on all my horses and has made them lighter on their forehand to ride. It also works different muscles well as you can move positions up and down depending on what stage the horse is at. Most horses seem to work quite well in it though and dont object like some do to being forced into an outline like with side reins.
Dislikes: Some horses do not like the rope which goes round their bum / top of hind legs and some will buck quite a lot until they get used to it. 2 of mine did this to begin with (like mad!) but now 1 doesnt anymore and the other only has a buck if he's feeling fresh anyway! You do have to have a roller with quite a few rings on it so you can work the horse at the different levels. You also have to have an attachment with a ring on it on the girth to use the low position which requires the ropes to go between the horses front legs. I had to get a leather loop with a ring on it made to slip over the girth.
Quality: It is well constructed, the ropes being very strong yet smooth so they dont rub the horses sides and also slide through the pulley rings well. I thought maybe it would squeek when going through the rings but it hasnt even after a great deal of use. It still looks as new. Even the fleecy cover on the bum rope is in very good condition still. You can take it off to wash too which is very useful. It is very well made with a lot of thought gone into it.
Summary: The ropes are very strong, however I would prefer to have some sort of quick release systems on the end of the ropes just in case a horse panicked in it since the ropes certainly wouldnt snap.
Usefulness Rating: 2.875 out of 5.
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