VETERINARY REFERRALS FOR HORSE BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS
Lauren uses evidence-based behaviour modification techniques to help horses overcome a range of behaviour and training problems, including:
Aggression - biting, kicking, striking etc., at humans or other horses
Anxiety and fears - separation distress, specific phobias (needle, clippers, farrier etc.), trailer loading issues
Repetitive behaviours - cribbing, wind-sucking, weaving, stall walking, wood chewing, self-mutilation
Under saddle issues - bucking, rearing, bolting, spookiness
In-hand issues - bolting, poor ground manners
Management issues - aggression at feeding time, stall kicking, pulling back when tied, sleep deprivation
In addition to helping your clients address horse behaviour problems, Lauren can also help clients experiencing poor compliance with husbandry or veterinary care procedures. Lauren has many years of experience working as a veterinary assistant in both small and mixed practice clinics, and she is a Fear Free® Certified Professional. She can assist veterinary clinics and their patients with low-stress training for cooperative care husbandry procedures or veterinary care, such as training for venipuncture, IM or SQ injections, the administration of oral or ocular medications, temperature taking, wound care and so on.
As many horse behaviour or training problems result from underlying medical conditions, a recent physical exam and/or diagnostics are recommended prior to referral. It is important to Lauren that you are kept informed of her work with your client. A consultation summary report is provided after the initial consultation, as are progress reports for clients engaged in follow-up sessions.
For out-of-area veterinarians who wish to help their clients directly, Lauren co-teaches an online, RACE-approved course on resolving fear-based behaviours (e.g. needle or farrier phobias) in horses. This course is also suitable for veterinary technicians or support staff.
If you have any questions or are unsure if your client could benefit from a consultation with Lauren, feel free to contact her for a no-obligation chat.