The La Cense Method

The Montana Center for Horsemanship teaches the "La Cense Method," of Natural Horsemanship, developed with a team of academics, horse experts and scientists, led by William Kriegel, owner of La Cense Montana and Haras de la Cense in France.  William Kriegel is also co-founder of MCH, and has been involved in Natural Horsemanship for many decades. He also helped to develop the first comprehensive pedagogic program in Natural Horsemanship, emphasizing communication and respect between horses and people.

This program is known today as the La Cense Method, first introduced at the renowned Haras de la Cense in 1999. La Cense is Europe's leading equestrian education center dedicated to the teaching of Natural Horsemanship in France, and is recognized by universities and institutions worldwide.

Horse & Human Communication

The La Cense Method is a progressive, step-by-step process that blends the best of traditional horsemanship with the art and skill of training and riding horses—all in a manner that works with a horse’s behavior, instincts, and personality.

By replicating the instinctive language horses use to communicate with each other and to teach their young, the La Cense Method encourages an effective method of communication between humans and horses. Taking a positive and respectful approach, the La Cense Method gradually builds trust, and frees horses to be confident in all they are asked to perform and do.

In 2005, La Cense and AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) formed an educational partnership, publishing “Fundamentals of Horsemanship.”