Lauren offers educational presentations and workshops for both horse owners and equine professionals. Presentation topics include equine ethology, behavior modification and horse training.
Fear-based behaviors are common in horses and if left untreated they can become problematic. Chronic issues, such as needle and farrier phobias, can impact the horse’s health and performance, result in lost revenue and increased expenses for the owner, and creates a risk of serious injury to horses and humans.
Unresolved, these behaviors can become chronic (e.g. needle, farrier, or clipper phobias). They can impact the horse’s health and performance, result in lost revenue or increased expenses for the owner, and create a risk of serious injury to handlers.
At the end of this six-week course you will be able to recognize signs of arousal, and fear, assess the underlying and immediate reasons for the fear-based problem behaviors, and apply effective, evidence-based protocols to manage and resolve them. You will also develop skills for working with clients, including: taking a good history; creating client-friendly shaping plans; and preparing useful handouts.
This online course is taught by accredited equine behavior professionals, and is for those interested in understanding, managing, and solving such behavior problems, using low-stress, evidence-based techniques.
This 6 week course is RACE-approved for veterinary CE, and approved for CEUs with the IAABC.
For more information, or to register, visit this link: http://iaabc.org/courses/behaviors-in-horses
How horses learn is a well-understood science. Whether you do dressage, participate in reining, jump courses, or dabble in natural horsemanship, the same rules of learning apply to all horses. Learning these rules will help you achieve better results in training, and give you a happier horse – guaranteed!
You’ll leave this Barn Club with new techniques to improve your training, AND enhance your relationship with your horse.
Barn Club is only $20 per meeting, and this Barn Club is held at Good Horsemanship in the Squamish Valley. Barn Club topics are suitable for ages 13 and up.
RSVP only please, no ticket sales the day of the event. Each paying adult can bring one teenager for free. Email Lauren now to reserve your spot. Spaces are limited!
Horse can develop fears of specific events, things, or even people such as the farrier. Once established, these fears don’t go away on their own. They can create a serious safety issue for both owners and equine professionals, and can prevent the horse from receiving regular, needed hoof care.
This webinar will discuss how such fears develop, and what can be done to manage or resolve them. It will also discuss steps that can be taken to avoid creating fearful associations with the farrier.
More details coming soon.
Fear-based behaviors are common in horses, and if left...
True narcolepsy is rare in horses, but sleep deprivation is not.
This video shows an older mare who is sleep deprived, falling into REM sleep while standing. Horses must lay down to achieve REM sleep, and when deprived from doing so it may manifest as the behaviors you see here. Sleep deprivation is harmful to the health of all animals, so it is very important that your horse has the ability to lay down each day, and feels safe to do so.
Horses won't lay down to sleep for a number of reasons such as pain, lack of suitable resting sites, or when they don't feel safe to lay down. It's reported that two factors resulted in this mare not laying down to sleep - the arrival of a new horse, and undiagnosed arthritis pain ... See MoreSee Less
Sleep Disorder Case : Horses require 30mins/day REM sleep. Siri is a 22 year old Arab X mare. Last summer after a new, dominant horse was introduced to the herd, she lost weight and was seen to have frequent episodes of partial collapse, once falling onto her side. The episodes resolved, but a couple of weeks ago the same behaviour was observed again and New Forest Equine Vets were called in to investigate. Collapse in horses is fortunately uncommon, but when it does occur can obviously be hazardous to both horse and handlers. Three types of 'collapsing' are seen in horses; seizures, syncope (fainting) and sleep disorders. Siri underwent a very thorough clinical examination including neurological and musculoskeletal assessments, and had a range of blood tests performed. The most significant findings were; The original association of the behaviour with the arrival of a new field-mate. A low grade right hind lameness, with severe persistent right hind pain with flexion tests. The gradual lowering of the head, before the front legs buckle. We also found a cardiac arrhythmia; Siri has a second degree AV block, but this is a normal finding in horses and would not cause fainting. Siri's condition is a Sleep Disorder. True narcolepsy can occur in horses, and is usually associated with events like grooming or saddling. Siri is most likely suffering from sleep deprivation. Horses require 30 minutes of REM sleep per day and although they can doze standing up, they need to lie down for REM sleep. We expect that when the new dominant herd-mate arrived, Siri was not comfortable to lie down in the field with him. Now she has lameness and finds it painful to flex her right hindlimb, which is likely to be preventing her from wanting to lie down to sleep. She is currently on a bute (pain relief) trial, and her owner has made her a lovely deep stable bed that she is coming into daily to encourage her to lie down – so far, no further collapsing episodes have been seen. A very interesting case and a good reminder of how important it is for horses to feel comfortable, physically and psychologically in their herd/environment, so that they don't miss out on their REM sleep.
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