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Renowned horseman teaches clinic at UMW.

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Renowned horseman Joe Wolter recently taught a horsemanship clinic to University of Montana Western students at La Cense Montana in Dillon.

La Cense Montana works in a non-profit partnership with the equine studies department at UMW to offer the nation’s only four-year degree in natural horsemanship. The degree offers four option areas: management, psychology, science and instruction. 

“The students worked very hard, were very polite and pleasant, and open to trying new things,” Wolter said. “It is my goal to expose students to new ideas and techniques. More often than not, major breakthroughs actually take place after a clinic and the information has had awhile to sink in." 

Wolter has been teaching clinics for over two decades after learning horsemanship, stockmanship and advanced ranch-roping skills from legendary horsemen Tom and Bill Dorrance and Ray Hunt, who established the groundwork for modern horsemanship. 

“Joe is an accomplished horseman and patient teacher whose expert insight and refined feel for horses helps our students elevate their horsemanship tremendously,” equine studies chair Olie Else said.

Students at Wolter's clinic were taught the finer points of horsemanship, cattle handling and roping.

This is Wolter’s third year teaching clinics at Montana Western. 

Click here for more information about UMW's equine studies program.

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