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DO NOT BE A DUMMY 

USE A DUMMY RIDER


John teaches both humans and horses an easy, safe way to prepare horses for their first rider through little and large dummies. A simple and effective method to safe-guard the well-being of riders the dummies are attached to the western saddle only when horses are accepting the saddle and the boat bumpers. Learn how the attachments are created and what you need to be successful.


No I do not think the horse thinks it’s a real human but there is a school of thought who thinks that incremental training is a good idea J and from that point of view a bulk on the saddle would be a reasonable half way between no rider and a real live breakable one! 


Of COURSE incremental training is not JUST a good idea - it's essential. Prior to getting into the saddle; I use a dummy rider I call Jezebel!  This method I use for starting untrained, retraining and horse with behavour issues, etc.  I tie the dummy rider onto the horse and mostly lunge the horse using the many exercises that I used during the Ground Control training.  If it's all been done properly – the horse should accept a rider without any issues if you follow the progressive steps of the Body Control exercises.   Remember it is wish to have a buddy on the ground leading the horse when you first mount also the exercises in the saddle must be incremental and will require patient training] I have never had a horse that bucked! 


I find this method is Much, much safer for horse, rider and handler on the ground.  For a lot of horses it's not the weight on their backs, it's the fact that there is something/someone on there backs. Goes back to their instincts to flee as this is traditionally where predators would attack, by leaping onto their backs.  











This mare was a bucker 



First time Lunging with Jezebel; this was an abused horse



Round Penning prior to backing