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La Cense Montana is an 88,000 acre horse training and working cattle ranch, focused on developing premium recreational quarter horses and breeding top-grade Black Angus cattle through the principles of natural ranching. We develop and sell recreational Quarter Horses trained according to Natural Horsemanship methods, providing you with a safe, sound, highly educated equestrian partner you will enjoy for years. Located along the western slopes of the Blacktail Mountain range in southwest Montana, La Cense Montana extends across 122 square miles of varying foothill and mountain terrain. The ranch's state-of-the-art headquarters, which include a 60,000 sq. ft. indoor arena, two large outdoor arenas and multiple barns, sits at an elevation of 5,300 feet, approximately 10 miles south of Dillon, Montana.

La Cense Montana is dedicated to the natural horsemanship education of high-quality, registered Quarter Horses, offering recreational horse lovers of all levels and experience the chance to enjoy strong, sound and safe horses - and to find out what it is to form a true partnership between horse and rider. Each of the 100+ head of horses is selected from a natural breeding farm with proven breeding stock, where the horses are foaled and raised in a natural herd environment. Each horse is chosen based on the highest standards of conformation, disposition and health, and is educated using natural horsemanship methods. La Cense also offers high-quality Black Angus cow-calf pairs of a genetically pure line developed at the ranch over many years.
   To learn more about our cattle operation or order all natural grass-fed beef from La Cense Beef, visit http://www.LaCenseBeef.com.

In 2009 La Cense Montana launched its Professional School of Horsemanship which offers one and two year certificates in natural horsemanship training. The program combines daily hands-on experience with horses and equine, business and education college courses. For more information about the school, please click here.

William Kriegel, who has owned La Cense Montana since December of 2000, is a native of France and operates a similar, smaller ranch about 30 miles outside of Paris called "Haras de La Cense." Haras also offers registered Quarter Horses trained in natural horsemanship methods. Both ranches also offer clinics and residency programs for students wishing to become professional horse trainers and instructors. Students at Haras de la Cense in France are required to spend extensive time at La Cense Montana in order to complete their horsemanship education.

The area was first explored by the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805, where they eventually met the Bannack Indians approximately 40 miles west of the ranch.

Established in 1869, the ranch represents one of the earliest and largest cattle ranches in Montana.

The ranch is located just east of the Continental Divide, at the hub of four primary ecological systems supporting a wide variety of wildlife -including the Centennial Valley, home of the Red Rocks National Wildlife Refuge, and the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Gallagher Peak, standing tall at 8,477 feet, is the highest point on the ranch.