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Behaviour Consultations

Personalized Training

horse behavior consulting

I help horses overcome problems which strain their relationship with people.  Understanding your horse will develop a more compassionate, harmonious relationship.  Common problems include aggression, separation anxiety, compulsive disorders, phobias, difficulties with farrier or vet, bridling or trailering problems, and unruliness. I work with your horse to resolve behavior issues.  Through a science-based approach of observation and analysis,  I implement a customized behavior modification program for your horse to finding the root cause of the behaviour and an appropriate solution to the problem.

Before the visit you will be asked to complete a history form and you will be asked to have a vet check to rule out any physical or medical issues.

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Private Consultation

$200.00 + $0.40/km after first 20 km

Cash or E-transfer

  • 1-1.5 hour comprehensive consultation

  • History taking including medical, behavioral, & training history

  • Discussion of the problem behaviour(s), possible causes & current & past training related to the behaviour

  • Management recommendations 

  • A written behaviour modification plan including instructions & data collection

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What to Expect During Your Consultation

Please dress comfortably for your appointment.  Bring any training equipment that you regularly use with your horse.  If you have a short video clip of your horse's problem behaviour please bring it.  A recreation of the problem behaviour at the consult will not be encouraged.  Food rewards for good behaviour are often used so if your horse requires a special diet, please bring some treats that your horse especially likes. 

During your appointment, the history questionnaire will be reviewed in detail.    

Resolution or control of behaviour problems may include components of any of the following:

  • Diet, nutrition & exercise

  • Changes in the home environment

  • Safety management steps to prevent injury to other people & animals

  • Basic training exercises

  • Behavior modification and relaxation exercises

 

During your consultation, we will assess the horses management, environment training, & medical history & potential causes of the problem behaviour. Ways to modify the unwanted behaviour will be reviewed which may include small changes to the horse's management. 

 

The initial consultation will take approximately 1 hour with a maximum of 1.5 hours. Recheck visits typically last 30 to 60 minutes.

Most behavior problems typically have complex causes, & therefore, no simple quick solutions.  Some horses show improvement very rapidly & one consultation will be sufficient to resolve the problem behaviour.  In other cases, a follow up consult is required.  The degree of improvement in your horse’s behaviour will depend on the horse as an individual, the duration of the problem, & most importantly, your commitment & ability to implement the suggested treatment plan. Specific outcomes cannot be guaranteed.

After the consultation, a summary of finding & a behaviour training plan will be sent to you.

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