“The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears.” — Arabian Proverb
“The horse, the horse! The symbol of surging potency and power of movement, of action.” — D.H. Lawrence
“Horses need friends, forage, and freedom to operate and live happily and healthily.” — Lauren Fraser, CHBC
The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants provides cutting-edge, science-based education for horse behaviorists, horse trainers, and horse behavior consultants. We also give horse owners comprehensive resources to prevent and manage behavior problems at home, as well as providing an online locator tool to find a certified expert to help them with everything from aggression, anxiety and phobias to destructive behaviors and stereotypies.
Our Certified Horse Behavior Consultants and Associate Certified Horse Behavior Consultants have passed a rigorous examination that tests their knowledge of horse training, biology, and species-specific behavior, as well as learning theory and practical training knowledge. IAABC’s certification is based on case studies, not multiple choice quizzes, and each applicant is assessed by a panel of experts in horse training and behavior.
All our consultants are bound by the IAABC Code of Ethics, which includes a commitment to using the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive effective intervention when working with your horse.
What is a horse behavior consultant?
A horse behavior consultant is someone who specializes in preventing, managing, and modifying challenging behaviors in horses. IAABC offers online education for all stages of your career journey; we have classes in learning theory and mentorships for new students, specialized courses in equine behavior as well as our unique and comprehensive Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice syllabus. Joining IAABC at any level—Supporting, Affiliate, Associate Certified or Certified—gives you discounts on these and other courses, as well as access to our online communities and library of high-quality resources.
If you’re working or volunteering with horse rescues or sanctuaries, consider joining our IAABC Shelter Division. We offer a wealth of resources and a supportive community of volunteers, behavior professionals, and foster parents for all species.
To learn more about what an animal behavior consultant does and how IAABC can help you develop your career and achieve your goals, read our Behavior Consulting 101 series.
I need help!
Use our Consultant Locator to find someone in your area. Our Certified and Associate Certified Horse Behavior Consultants can help you identify behavior problems and develop effective and kind solutions that work for you and your equine companion’s unique relationship and lifestyle.
If you can’t find an IAABC Certified or Associate Certified Horse Behavior Consultant covering your area, read this article on how to find a qualified expert to work with you and your horse, and what questions you should ask them.
About the Division Chair: Lauren Fraser, CHBC
Lauren Fraser, CHBC
Division Chair, Horse Division
Lauren Fraser is a Certified Horse Behavior Consultant in Squamish, BC. She provides horse behavior consultations, horse training, and horsemanship coaching, as well as educational presentations for both horse owners and professionals.
Lauren's career experience with animals has been diverse; she has worked as a small and large animal veterinary assistant, as shelter manager and executive director of a non-profit animal shelter, as an animal control officer, boarding facility owner, and certified riding instructor. She is both Horse Chair and a member of the Application Review Committee for the IAABC. Currently completing a Diploma in Equine Studies and an Equine Welfare certificate from the University of Guelph, Lauren also enjoys keeping up-to-date with current research into equine behavior, management, and training. When not working with her own horses, she can be found mountain biking, or enjoying her property with her husband, their four dogs, two cats, seven horses, and one pony. For more information, www.goodhorsemanship.ca