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Building a Dummy rider

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Having an Ardall would be great however my budget just doesn’t allow it currently. What materials were used to make the original Dummy riders at MRILC? I remember coveralls, stuffed with a pillows and a head with strings securing the arms? What was used to stiffen the back? Many thanks in advance! 
JoHewittVINTA
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Hi. I used pipe insulation, taped together & stiffened with lengths of garden cane where needed. A coat hanger taped into place gave width. A long sleeved top & jogging bottoms transformed this - with towels & rags for stuffing to give bulk (well stitched in). A small beach ball in an old net sack served as a head & the net sack made attachment to the "body" easy - with the option to add a hat. Well attached strings allowed the dummy to be firmly tied onto the saddle front & back. I used this with Max when we first met in 2010. It proved robust & stayed perfectly in place - even when the saddle slipped. I think Max was most spooked by a rider still calmly in place at a 90 degree angle to his back! Even several bursts of maximum acceleration with much bucking failed to dislodge it. Hope this provokes some of your own ideas. Cheers, Jo. 
bahila73
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Hi Jo;  I did much the same as you many years ago.  I stuffed the pants and long sleeve shirt with straw and 5 gallon bucket for strength at the waistline.  All of this was held together with tie wire even the rubber boots.  I topped him [Pecos Bill] off with a hard hat for effect.  He wiggled and bounced while on top of the horses, but managed to stay in tack.  I attached reins to his arms and the halter which helped to strengthen the connection of rider and the horse. His body was held in place to the saddle with bungie cord.   

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Bud