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The Pessoa Lungeing System was invented by international show jumping rider Nelson Pessoa. The Pessoa Lungeing System is designed to encourage balance and a gradual build-up of topline. The Pessoa Lungeing System consists of an easy-to-put-together array of ropes, clips and pulleys, as well as a breeching strap that passes behind the horse’s hindquarters, and is used in conjunction with a training surcingle while the horse is being lunged.

Based on the principles of pressure and release, the Pessoa Lungeing System helps to place the horse in a better position to assist muscle build-up, and increases use of the horse’s back muscles. The Pessoa Lungeing System can assist maintenance of muscle tone in fit horses, while less experienced horses can be guided into the correct shape. It can be used in four different positions, depending on the horse’s level of training and fitness.

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  • Encourages balance
  • Encourages a gradual build-up of topline
  • Easy to assemble
  • Assists in maintenance of muscle tone
  • Can be used in four different positions

 

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    Pessoa Lungeing System is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 32.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everything in Moderation I bought a horse that had been on this system. He had an excellent head carriage and was an excellent mover. He won every flat class he entered. BUT, it affected his spine as he aged and he became unrideable. I think the key is don’t overuse this lunging system. Everything in moderation, nothing in excess. Don’t use it ALL the time. A few times a week for no more than 20-30 minutes is adequate, and don’t use it forever. It is a great training tool if used properly.
    Date published: 2018-03-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love it! Has my horse so relaxed and stretching down. Couldn't be happier!
    Date published: 2016-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Working for all our horses! So far every horse we have put it on moves well in it, holding the proper position without being upset by the rig! We have been using it with training halters/cavesons rather than through a bit so far, which may make a difference. The horses drop right into position though and move in a relaxed way - only one very sensitive horse walked backwards at first from the perceived pressure but simple leading convinced her she could move forward normally. Do make sure to NEVER put the equipment down on the arena floor though or the clips and pulley wheels will get jammed up with sand! And even then, you'll want to use an air canister or some WD-40 to keep it all free-moving with all the dust a trotting horse kicks up! We're already thinking these bits may need replacing eventually.
    Date published: 2016-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast results I recently was given an OTTB who had done nothing but stand around for a few years. His movement was gawky and loose. His topline -- well, one could almost say, "That is not a topline." His stomach muscles were flaccid. After the third workout (we worked for only 10 min.), I noticed an improvement in everything! Plus, he doesn't resist it at all, and is enjoying his workouts. It is a bit tricky to put on in the New Mexico spring winds, but not complicated.
    Date published: 2016-04-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from love it but overpriced I really like this system, and it works very well. however, it is way overpriced for basically a few ropes attached together. I feel like I could've made something almost as good as the system offered for a much lower price
    Date published: 2015-12-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Paying for the Intellectual Property Yes, for what the material is, it is pricey, but you're paying for the intellectual property. I was wary of this product at fist, but when my very anti-gadget trainer had me lunge my warmblood mare in it, I was sold! We never adjust it like draw reins, but run it up so that it more closely simulates reins. It works by keeping the horse's hind end engaged, and pushes the hind end more when the horse tries to lift out of the contact. This solves a problem I see a lot on regular side reins, where the horse braces into the bit, but disengages or swings the hind end out. It forces the horse to develop straightness but immediately rewards the horse when he/she gives. I have also been using it on my Tennessee Walker I'm training, and he has become much more relaxed in his back and is developing the correct muscles faster. Also the imagery of the system has helped my riding in the saddle! Imagine your own seat as the butt bar, and you'll better understand how to address the hind end when the front end resists!
    Date published: 2015-08-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent training tool I began using this on my green gelding who did not have much muscle or know how to properly use his back. He accepted it well and the effect has been amazing. He is much, much straighter and stronger overall when I ride. Best investment yet. For those not happy with the lack of instructions, they are all over youtube. It's easy to use.
    Date published: 2015-05-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great training tool I can see the difference after using it several times. My horse is a 1.20m horse and in shape but can only be on it for ruffly 20 minutes. But it helps her go in a proper frame and build up the correct muscles. It is a little over priced for what you get but it works. So you get what you pay for.
    Date published: 2015-02-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It may seem like a lot of money but... I used this product on my former horse he was an appendix. He was very easy to ride and showed in both hunters and dressage how ever on his transitions would pop his head or be heavy on the bit. My friend bought this for her thoroughbred who went with his head in the air all the time. I used it on tge medium setting and i like how it works because if they lift their head it pushes their hind end under them making them use their top line and when they give and relax it allows them to stay balanced and go long and low, my appendix used this 3 times and never needed it again and my friends thoroughbred built beautiful muscling and was much lighter in the bit PLEASE NOTE starting on the medium or low setting is easiest for a horse not use to it, and if youre using this i prefer to not ride them after because 10 minutes in the pessoa is like 20 minutes under saddle. Check out video on youtube "ruby at oxbow" the second video him lunging on the medium setting.
    Date published: 2014-05-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Watch video to assemble I had to jerry-rig my training surcingle w carabiners to make it work. Although I'd like to say we look like the videos, maybe not just yet. I think it's too soon to tell if I have good results. And you're definitely paying for the innovation and not the parts.
    Date published: 2014-04-21
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