The La Cense Method

The Montana Center for Horsemanship teaches the ‘La Cense Method,’ which was developed in part under William Kriegel, owner of La Cense Montana and Haras de la Cense in France. Mr. Kriegel is also co-founder of MCH, and he has been involved in Natural Horsemanship for many years. He also helped develop the first comprehensive pedagogic program in Natural Horsemanship, emphasizing communication and respect between horses and people.

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

Horse & Human Communication

The La Cense Method is a step-by-step process that blends the best of traditional horsemanship training with the art 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 communicating between humans and horses. Taking a positive and respectful approach, the La Cense Method gradually builds trust, and frees the horses to be confident in all they are asked to perform.

In 2005, La Cense and AQHA formed an educational partnership, publishing “Fundamentals of Horsemanship.”