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Manuel Godin

A reference when it comes to the relationship between Men and horses, La Cense has been committed to horses for 20 years by sharing ethological knowledge and teaching how to educate horses with respect of their well-being. The team of La Cense deeply wants to offer riders an education method in line with horses’ natural behavior.

Hello Kessy,
Before removing the halter/bridle, make sure you are able to ride your horse only using your body weight, look and legs. You should have control over direction and speed without using your reins. Moreover, establish a clear cue to stop: it could be a vocal signal, a gesture, a movement with the stick… whatever your horse understands. When you feel that it is the right time, that you have finesse and precision with the halter, remove it. If you followed the steps, the only obstacle you might face is… yourself! Most of the time, horses do not react to the change in equipment but in our attitude, because we are nervous. Act normal and ride like nothing has changed! At first, you can even use your arms and hands as if you were holding reins. At the beginning of your neck rope journey, ride in a safe and closed area that your horse knows well. If possible, ask a professional to assist you.

Hello Maddy,
Unfortunately not, all clinics take place at La Cense in France.

Hello Mathew,
Yes. The now retired Calimucho in dressage with Julia Chevanne, as well as Qlassic Bois Margot, who used to strive in show jumping under the saddle of Simon Delestre, and the gelding Radijague who competed in eventing with Nicolas Touzaint. A lot of professional riders bring us horses to break them and start their career; we might see them on the international circuit one day!

Hello Alexia,
A heavy horse is exactly like any other horse. Start with the basics: build their confidence, establish mutual respect and control their feet. It might take more time than with a warmblood, very sensitive horse, but be patient and wait until you have a quick and perfect response to your tools – whether it is the stick or the halter – before going further. A common mistake is to be heavy with heavy horses: the lazier they are, the finer we need to be!

Hello Elliott,
The courses are dispensed in French, but open to all students. Some of our instructors speak English, so they will be able to help you understand.

Hello Ben,
The Haras de la Cense used to be a quarter horse breeding facility, specialized in reining. But since 2000, we have focused on Natural Horsemanship with training programs and clinics for all horses and disciplines.

Hello Amy,
Yes. Its success led to the creation of the first and only Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Horsemanship in the USA, at the University of Montana Western. Over 4 years, the 100+ students are taught the La Cense Method, and follow practical courses at the La Cense Ranch in Dillon.

Hello (again) Ben,
La Cense France and la Cense Montana belong to the same owner, William Kriegel. Both are unique places where students can learn Natural Horsemanship through the La Cense Method. Every year, French students following the 2-year international program go to Montana, in order to start colts, discover the US culture and learn English. Similarly, students majoring in Natural Horsemanship at the University of Montana Western have the opportunity to spend some time in France during their studies.

Hello Adelaide,
Currently, all our online courses are in French. Nevertheless, we translated the theoretical chapters of our work of reference “La Méthode la Cense” in English, in the book “Principles for the education of horses”. It is available here: https://lacense.com/produit/principles-for-the-education-of-horses/ and we ship worldwide.