Starting a horse under saddle requires properly preparing them. The Jeffrey’s method is a great exercise to preform on young, inexperienced horses. It helps to desensitize them to people on their back before the saddle is introduced. Your body becomes a giant curry comb that rubs all over their neck, back, and haunches. Check it out in action!
Blue Rock Horsemanship on YouTube shared a helpful video tutorial on this training method. The horse should be able to flex their head and neck in both directions. They should also be comfortable with you jumping up and down next to them. If you choose to use a mounting block, make sure your horse is desensitized to it.
- Begin by jumping up and down next to the horse. As you’re jumping, make sure you’re rubbing all over their body. Don’t forget to jump on both sides.
- Flex your horse’s nose to their body while jumping.
- Jump and lean on their body. You can slide off.
- Jump and swing your legs onto their hindquarters. Your legs should be crossed.
- Slide off over your horse’s hindquarters.
Clinton Anderson also introduces the Jeffrey’s method in his Downunder Horsemanship program. Many trainers find it very helpful in prepping their horse for under saddle work.