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Kirsten Brunner

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Phone: (519) ***-****  
Local Address:  Hillsbugh , Ontario , Canada
Company Description: Beaverwood offers riding and driving lessons from the 4 yr old student up to mature adults. From riding lessons, to carriage driving lessons, Beaverwood can offer...   more
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Kirsten Brunner RR 2 Hillsburgh ..., 17 April 2012 [cached]
Kirsten Brunner RR 2 Hillsburgh ON N0B 1Z0 519-833-7169
Advertisers, 1 Sept 2011 [cached]
Kirsten Brunner RR#2 Hillsbugh, Ontario N0B 1Z0 Canada 519-833-7169
Members - Pony Breeders Of Ontario, 25 Mar 2012 [cached]
Kirsten Brunner RR 2, Hillsburgh ON N0B 1Z0 519-833-7169
An Introduction to Pleasure Driving | Horses All Magazine & Equine News [cached]
Our guide is Kirsten Brunner, of Beaverwoods Farm in Hillsburgh, Ontario, who breaks and trains driving horses and has campaigned her pony mare, Beaverwoods Freckles (among many others) to many prestigious victories in international driving competition.
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Almost any horse can be suitable for driving, providing he is reasonably sensible and reasonably sound.Before you begin, though, you should make sure your horse's teeth have been recently attended to, and that his feet, if shod, have a little road caulk or spot of borium added to provide extra traction.
Your candidate for a driving career should also be well broken to lead, easy to groom, and accustomed to being handled all over.
Although horses can be introduced to driving at any time, Brunner says that there are several advantages to training a horse to drive before he is broken to ride.
Although many riding horses are a little "spoiled" about spooky objects and obedience to voice commands, Brunner says that most of them adapt quickly once they learn what is expected of them in harness.
Brunner begins by putting the surcingle (belly-band) and crupper (which loops around the base of the tail and keeps the harness from sliding forward) on the horse and letting him wear it for an hour a day, in his stall.
Water and feed buckets should be removed during this time, so that the horse cannot catch himself on anything.
Experienced horses will be familiar with the feel of a girth, but all horses seem to find that the crupper (pronounced crouper) takes some getting used to.While most horses do accept it in short order, Brunner warns that the occasional animal will take exception and explode!
She stresses, therefore, that you should always have with you a knowledgeable helper at the horse's head, when you first introduce this equipment.
When you and your helper exit the stall, never turn your back on the horse.Instead, back out of the door.Generally, after three or four daily sessions, the horse will accept the surcingle and crupper.But if he doesn't, do not continue until he reaches that point of acceptance.Safety, Brunner stresses, is the strongest consideration in a driving prospect, so his training should never be rushed.
When the horse is comfortable with the driving bridle, Brunner suggests reinforcing the training by putting on both bridle and partial harness for up to an hour a day in the stall.
Many horses get a little "goosey," according to Brunner, when they first feel the line around their hind legs, so it is important that your helpers are knowledgeable and that they fully expect to be jumped on.
Brunner likes to use the command, "come," when asking for a turn in either direction.
Carry a buggy whip in one hand, and introduce him to the feel of it, gently at first.The idea is to get him to respect it, but not fear it.Once your horse has the basic idea of turning, touch him on the rump with the whip, and speak sharply to him if he doesn't respond promptly to your voice cues.
"You can't do too much of this kind of work," says Brunner.
Do not try to introduce the cart without help, and stay in an enclosed ring or arena when you do this for the first time, advises Brunner.
Beaverwood Farm - Hunter Ponies and Driving, 10 April 2011 [cached]
Kirsten Brunner Beaverwood Farm - Hunter Ponies and Driving
A graduate of the Harness Horse Industry Operations program at Seneca College and a three time winner of the Canadian Equestrian Federation's Award of Merit, Kirsten Brunner also holds the CEF Coaching Level I, Coaching Driving Level II, and the CEF Examiner Licences.
Since 1987, Kirsten has earned a reputation for raising ponies of exceptional conformation and temperament. Since the early 1980's, Kirsten and her horses have garnered over two dozen championship awards in New York, Michigan, New Jersey and Canada. Kirsten was 1997 & 2002 Canadian Driving Team member, placing top 20 and top 10 at both World Pair Driving Championships in Reisenbeck, Germany and Conty, France.
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