The first drill will not require a header. The dummy hauler can be adjusted with our tension rods to turn in circles without any rope attached to it, but we recommend having your remote control operator stand in the middle of a circle with a head rope attached to the neck of the dummy. This allows the remote control operator to hold the end of rope and stand in the center of circle while controlling the speed and direction of the dummy hauler in a more precise manner. The operator will basically be lunging the dummy hauler at your discretion. The benefit this offers the heeler is the ability to get in a lot of runs at different speeds without a loud ATV. The fact that the dummy hauler is controlled by a head rope instead of an ATV creates a much more realistic feel for you and your horse. Because of the centrifugal force created by the circle, the dummy hauler can travel at high speeds even in sand. We use stabilizing arms with wheels to prevent the dummy hauler from falling over. If you do not have an arena, you can perform this drill in a pasture or yard. This easy and effective drill allows heelers to get in a lot of runs in a very short period of time. Please refer to the dummy hauler training videos to see this drill in action.


For our second drill we will need a header to steer the dummy hauler around the arena. This is a good drill for headers as well because it refines their handle. Have your header steer the dummy hauler by roping the dummy hauler around fixed horns or the neck. If you are using the Smarty body you will want to have the header steer the dummy with the rope around its neck. Have the header steer the dummy hauler straight down the arena and in circles at your discretion. The dummy hauler can speed up or slow down without any cue to the heel horse. This will help keep the heel horse free and watching the steer. Some trainers are amazed at how much “cow” our dummy hauler puts in a horse that normally has none at all. By not roping out of the box it will free up your horse and allow them to relax without a loud ATV. It will give the heeler a more natural feel because our dummy hauler is nearly silent and the Pipes heeling attachment can be turned gradually like a machine or with a hard whip to simulate a real steer.


This final drill will require a header to rope and turn the dummy hauler. Place the dummy hauler with Pipes heeling attachment in the same position a live steer would be in outside the box. When your header nods and the dummy hauler starts to move, treat the dummy just like you would a live steer. Have the remote control operator start with the speed of a slow walk and slowly build the speed up to a lope. Communicate with your header on what type of turn you want them to give you in advance. If your header is a lower numbered roper, have them leave the box with the rope already on the dummy. If a heel horse makes too many runs down the arena without getting a turn, they will start to miss the corner on live steers. The header controls the speed of the dummy hauler by how fast they are pulling it just like a live steer. This is as close to a competition run as you can get with our machine.

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