Lauren has always had an affinity for horses. She grew up riding at lesson barns, predominantly in the English disciplines. After a brief absence from horses during her twenties, she was fortunate enough to purchase her gelding Raz and once again have horses in her life.
The majority of Lauren’s work has been with animals: veterinary assistant; executive director of a non-profit animal shelter; animal control officer; boarding facility owner; riding instructor; natural horsemanship instructor.
It was while working as a natural horsemanship instructor that she became exposed to the science of how horses learn, resulting in a desire to dig deeper into both the science and art of horse training.
Lauren is dedicated to helping people understand horses, and resolve horse behavior problems using low-stress, effective methods. Since 2012 she has been a Certified Horse Behavior Consultant (CHBC) with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is the organization’s Horse Chair, a member of the application review committee, and she co-teaches an online IAABC course for equine professionals on resolving serious fear issues in horses. She is also a practitioner member of the International Society of Equitation Science (ISES).
Lauren has an Equine Science Certificate from the University of Guelph, and is currently enrolled in the University of Edinburgh’s MSc program in Clinical Animal Behavior. She is an experienced rider and trainer, and can be found in the company of her own horses when not with clients. She regularly attends riding clinics and lessons, and her training interests are eclectic – young horse development, classical dressage, bridleless riding, cowboy mounted shooting, and the old Vaquero traditions of developing her horses from the hackamore to straight up in the bridle.
In addition to teaching courses and workshops on equine behavior and training, Lauren has written magazine articles and press releases for various organizations and publications, including the International Society of Equitation Science, West Coast Veterinarian magazine (CAN), The Horse magazine (USA), and Horses and People magazine (AUS).
Lauren lives with her husband David Lane, a veterinarian at Points East West, on their property in Squamish, BC, Canada.
Fear-based behaviors are common in horses, and if left...