Would you like to participate in a horsemanship clinic with me? I’m flexible when it comes to the content of horsemanship clinics. If you have something in mind that you and your group would like to focus on, we can work on that. If you have never been to a clinic, or aren’t sure what you need to learn I can also tailor a clinic just for your group. Read on, for more FAQ’s about horsemanship clinics.
I prefer group sizes of 4-6 people. I’ve ridden in enough clinics of 10, 15 or 30 people to know that I personally prefer smaller groups, and more individual attention from the instructor or clinician. I find it harder in larger groups to address individuals needs, or pace the learning to suit all of the horses and humans. My clinics are small, supportive groups, with a low instructor-to-student ratio. This also equates to much more bang for your buck.
It’s easy! You pick up the phone, or send me an email, and we have a chat. I find out what you are looking for, let you know my availability, and we go from there.
I leave that entirely up to the participants! Auditing is a great way to attend a clinic, without a horse. But some students prefer not to be ‘spectated’ while they are learning. I understand that, and leave it up to the participants to decide if they want auditors, or not. If the participants are OK with it, then I’m OK with it.
A weekend clinic (two 9 am to 4 pm days) is generally $250-300 per person, depending on the number of participants, and the distance I need to travel to get there. Clinics outside of my regular area may incur travel fees, which may be lowered if I have opportunity to teach other clinics in that area.
I’m not selling a certain discipline, or a trademarked one-size-fits-all ‘method’ or ‘level’ of horsemanship; I’m teaching science-based knowledge, and fact-based information about horses and horse training. I want to empower you to know how to train your horses humanely, and for life. The basic rules of training and learning theory apply to all horses. What you will learn in my clinics is both the art and science of horse training – and that knows no discipline boundaries.
I am flexible as to what my students want to focus on. Examples of past clinics include:
I’m passionate about teaching horse owners and horse professionals both the art and science of horse training. Examples of topics covered include:
Theory presentations are also an option to start a clinic off right. Topics include ‘Horse Behavior’, and ‘Understanding the Science of Horse Training’. Presentations can happen the night before a weekend clinic starts, allowing participants some ‘dwell’ time on key concepts we will cover.
Whether you are aware of it or not, every interaction you have with your horse he is learning something. I believe in empowering students by teaching them the basic theories behind learning and training horses, so that students can work independently through any future training challenges they may have.
In summary, you will learn the art and science of training horses, increase your feel, improve your timing, and develop your critical thinking skills when working with horses. The skills you gain will allow you to problem-solve future training puzzles, and be a better trainer and horseman.
A safe space, large enough that it is suitable for the number of horses and humans. Generally a fenced arena, covered if the weather is bad, works perfectly.
Clinics can also be held at my facility, which includes a 70 X 165 bright and airy Cover-All covered arena, roundpen, and large pastures with natural obstacles and trails to enjoy. I also have individual paddocks and shelters to host horses overnight if need be (for an additional small fee).
Great question! I am both a certified horse behavior consultant, and a certified riding instructor, and I have hands-on experience working with a wide range of horses, humans, and problems. I take my job teaching very seriously, and am always striving to learn how to be a better teacher, and horsewoman. I attend clinics and educational events as part of my own growth as a student every year. I am also qualified to ‘teach the teachers’, and offer approved continuing education events for my fellow IAABC animal behavior consultants, and Equine Canada coaches. You can read more about me here.
Yes I do! I also offer clinics at my facility, or at other facilities. Visit my Events and Schedule page for details of upcoming horsemanship clinics and horse events.
Lauren Fraser, CHBC offers relationship-based horse training that blends the art of horsemanship with behavioral science and the practical application of learning theory. She provides horsemanship coaching, behavioral consultations, solutions to problem behaviors, foundation training, clinics, and educational presentations.
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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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