Graduating in 1980 from CSU and managing an equine only practice for 30 plus years has brought many different experiences to share with educating the students with real life equine care, health and soundness, and professional dental care. Having been both an equine veterinarian and a therapeutic farrier aids in the teaching about lameness and horse shoeing. Also trained by EAGALA to Level II in equine assisted psychotherapy brings yet another dynamic to the literal teaching arena.
Eric Hoffmann is the head instructor at La Cense Montana. He has taught the natural horsemanship classes at Montana Western since 2008. In the classes Hoffmann teaches you can learn the importance of getting your horses to work more willingly in order to accomplish a task or job. As a student of Hoffmann's you will gain the confidence and knowledge that will give you readiness for a future career in the equine industry.
Hoffmann holds an A.A.S. in Equine Management and Training from Laramie County Community College. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in agriculture education from Montana State University.
Iola Else, Montana Western‘s accomplished rodeo coach, also brings her lifelong knowledge of and experience with horses to Montana Western‘s equine studies program. In addition to supervising natural horsemanship courses, Else teaches facilities management and young-horse starting and development. She is the campus’ liaison to the La Cense Montana ranch where the courses in natural horsemanship are conducted.
Dr. Layne Carlson has been teaching equine science classes at Montana Western since 2009. Prior to then he owned and operated a very busy three veterinarian mixed animal practice in southwestern Montana for many years.
He brings real life experience to the classroom and provides "hands on" opportunities for the students. His students perform necropsies, palpate and artificially inseminate a mare, learn about equine dentistry, perform lameness exams and practice equine bandage application along with many other procedures applicable in the equine world.
Marcus Williams came to Montana Western to play football and major in business administration.
Kolby Brown is a literature major at the University of Montana Western.
Recent Montana Western graduate Taeler Rodriguez has been accepted to the University of Denver’s graduate program.
UMW grad Justinn Marshall was accepted into the University of Washington's regional medical education program.
Coming to Montana Western was part of fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a doctor for Lindsey Densmore.