The Montana Center for Horsemanship (MCH), is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the first and only education center in the U.S. devoted exclusively to Natural Horsemanship, a philosophy and approach, based on understanding horse behavior and the horse's natural instincts. Its focus is on working with the horse to build a foundation of mutual trust and respect, enabling the horse to act and respond with willingness and a desire to be a partner. Natural Horsemanship or the La Cense Method of NH, developed more than two decades ago by a team of equine professionals, academics and researchers, under the leadership of William Kriegel, co-founder of MCH, bridges the gap between natural and conventional learning and training methods.
Through a unique partnership between the Montana Center for Horsemanship and the University of Montana Western, professional and amateur horsemen and horsewomen, as well as educators, scientists, and researchers—are brought together to improve and expand horsemanship in the broadest sense.
The Montana Center for Horsemanship is guided by several fundamental objectives:
* To enable horses to learn effectively and experience "horse happiness" through the process of Natural Horsemanship
* To help every horse and person make the most of their respective lives
* To help individuals achieve personal and professional success in the equine industry and a wide range of equine fields
* To energize the local community and invest in its future
* To perpetuate the defining traditions of the American West through horsemanship