Top quality ropes are used along with pulleys used in theFrench sailing industry, cast and calibrated especially for Pessoa, in copper-nickel alloy. Nelson himself recommends extensive trot work when first using the device to build the proper muscles. Only when this gait is satisfactory should canter work begin. When cantering, the Pessoa system forces the horse to take weight off the forehand and bring his hindquarters under him, thus improving his balance.
It's not recommended that this device be used by a novice unless under professional supervision. Headstall, lunge line and surcingle not included.