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Cutting & Reining Horse Trainer,
Larry Trocha


Hi – I’m Larry Trocha.

Training cutting, reining and working cow horses is my specialty.

Thousands of horse owners have taught their horses to stop, spin, rollback, change leads, work cattle and fixed bad behavior problems, using the training methods demonstrated in my videos.

If you need help with learning reining, working cattle, starting colts or fixing bad behavior problems like bucking, rearing, biting, kicking and spooking, you’ll find help here.

Check out my series of Horse Training DVDs, Online Horse Training Videos as well as my FREE Horse Training Videos.

Train horses to rollback and spin

Featured Training DVD

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Six (6) Bonus Videos… Free!

Teach Your Horse To Rollback & Spin

Get this Rollback & Spin DVD, plus the 6 Free Bonus Videos
now before the special offer expires!

Training horses that buck, rear, bite and kick

Featured Online Training Video

How To Fix Horses That Buck,
Rear, Bite, Kick, Spook & More

By Larry Trocha

Discover how you can fix your horse’s bad behavior problems

How to start and train horses for reining, cutting and much more.

Featured Horse Training DVDs
Special Package Offers

Foundation Training Package

Performance Training Package

Mega Training Package

How to train your horse to lope slow with complete control

Featured Online Training Video

How To Teach Your Horse To
Lope Slow On A Loose Rein
With Complete Control

Ride with confidence… knowing you can easily control,
slow down or stop your horse at any time, in any situation

The right bit for a horse

How To Choose The Right Bit
For Your Performance Horse

By Larry Trocha

Use this proven bitting process to help your horse.
Discover what bits to use & when to use them.

Larry Trocha at the PCCHA cutting horse futurity

The Top Five Myths About
Competition Cutting Horses

By Larry Trocha

Find out the factual truth about cutting horses
and cutting horse prospects.

Horse being taught a reining sliding stop

Reining Horse Training for
Longer Sliding Stops

By Larry Trocha

Learn what it takes for a reining horse or reined cow
horse to perform big-time sliding stops

Cutting horse saddle

Choosing The Right Saddle
For Reining Or Cutting

By Larry Trocha

A pro’s advice about choosing a saddle that will help
you ride in balance and sit the stop.
(Applies to trail riders too)

Leg problems in performance horses

How To Prevent Leg Problems
In Performance Horses

By Larry Trocha

Reining, cutting, barrel racing, roping and extreme trail
riding puts a lot of strain on your horse’s legs.
This information could help keep your horse sound.

Horse Training Success Story

The Quarter Horse News

17-Year-Old Kid Trained His Own Horse And WON
The National Reining Horse Assoc Futurity,
Limited Non-Pro Title.

Said he watched "ONE" training video over and over.

The kid’s name is Clayton Eggers and the training video
he watched is…

"Teach Your Horse to Rollback & Spin"

Read the whole story in his Quarter Horse News interview.



  1. Phil says

    My wife and I have been occasional riders all our lives. This past year we have been riding on a weekly basis at a local stable and loving it. We are looking to improve our horsemanship and your tips have been enlightening. Your video on saddle selection was especially interesting as we both want to get our own saddles.

    Thank you for your interesting and helpful website. Really enjoy it.


  2. Audrey says

    Hello Larry,
    First, THANK YOU for being ONLINE ! I have a young, Hanoverian mare who is a challenge and so far, your videos and the Q&A online is helping tremendously. I noticed even though she is going to be my jumping horse, she still needs to leg yield, turn, use her hindquarter strength and much more like my ranch horses than I first believed. Learning something new everyday! My first love has always been my quarter horses, but the Warmbloods need good training and love too! My latest question is cues for moving just the shoulders vs. the hindquarters. My young QH gelding is not responding very well and I don’t want to confuse him by being unclear with a cue. So far, my foot slightly in front of the girth is what I have been using to cue move the shoulder. I’m trying not to lean forward while I do it, but not sure why he is resisting.. Help. and Thank you! Audrey Thanks for making my life better and my horses’ lives better bybeing practical with GOOD SENSE!

  3. adam says

    I just wanted to say thanks. I got some of your videos. One of them is teach your horse to rollback and spin. I’ve got more accomplished in 4 rides than I have in 2 years of taking advice and trial and error. Thank you.

  4. Sandy Broad says

    Hi Larry I was scrolling for some help in riding articles and came across yours for the first time in years you have answered my question why cant I ride like that, Thank you I have been struggling with reining and don’t seem to be improving no matter what I try. I have a great little horse but I think he would go a whole lot better with a better rider but I’m not ready to quit yet need your help.
    At the moment he wants to run on his front end and not do a slow collected lope????
    Any help will be appreciated
    Sandy in NZ

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Sandy,
      This entire website is for helping horses and riders.
      I’m sure you can find what you need.
      Maybe start by looking at the “Free Training” page in the menu above.

  5. Rachel says

    Rachel says
    Hi Larry
    Have you got any advice for a beginner in western on buying western saddles?? I’m aiming for reining, but also wanna try cattle cutting and alittle barrel racing, also pleasure ridding and trail rides, I am bit confused on what to get
    Done in get a all purpose saddle??
    Cutting saddle??
    Reining saddle??
    Barrel saddle??
    Trail saddle??
    Or a training saddle, as we are training.
    . My horse and are just learning western
    (she’s rising 2, so am just starting to get the gears together)
    I’m so confused with all the saddle types
    HELP :$
    Also I don’t have alot to spend but want to get the best I can for the money is have, am abit confused on them!!!

  6. Renee says

    Hi Larry,
    I have a 13 y/o TWH mare that I use for Mounted Patrol work. Great city horse. I’ve haven’t been able to get enough time until recently to trail ride her. Used to do it years ago and she was fantastic. My work schedule changed and I only used her for mounted patrol work.
    My friend and I are working on getting her to relax more on trail. Her spooks with another buddy rider are very mild. She won’t take the lead, however. Very scared. Goes about 30-40 steps and refuses to move forward. I work her and it happens again and again. I live in SW FL and we have lots of feral hogs (boars, etc), alligators and huge birds. I also have a bad back. I can stay on her hard spooks (360 degree spin) and she doesn’t run off. It’s a down and out situation. This only happens when I try and ride her alone, too and not with a buddy. So, I don’t ride alone as of yet. My husband and I have gone on numerous trail walks (himself) and I ride. So far, so good. But, if she can’t hear him after I leave out front, she becomes tense. I let him catch up and we proceed. I think this might be due to being partnered-up for mounted patrol work. She also won’t leave our property alone. Balks, refuses to move forward, backs up, tries to rear, etc. I could work her till I’m blue in the face. My other mares scream for her if they know I’m leaving the property. Spurs don’t work. She cow kicks. I use a small crop on her shoulder or if necessary a whip of the rein on her neck or rear. It works well when we are away from our home via trailering to a park. But, leaving home….no go. I am working on opening closing our front gate (good) and she will go just past the next door neighbors house ( 2 acres). Then, she stops and tries to head home. It’s work in progress.
    She is really a good horse, so I’m told by everyone. I’ve had terrible horses in the past and have gotten hurt, busted up, etc. and am careful and sometimes uptight. At 56 years old, it hurts to fall now.
    She hasn’t thrown me yet, but came close at a 2 mile park ride alone (no other horses in the park), just recently. Everything spooked her. I even had a hard time riding back to her pen at the camp ground. 2 miles out, five 360 degree spins, balking at 20 turkey buzzards on her pen, one deer, hen turkeys and possibly one hog…..well, I didn’t need a chiropractor when we got back. She’s smart. I’m thinking she caught on that the ride wasn’t leading to meet up with some riders. Then, the stupid boogie man stuff started. Great with a small group or buddy rider, bad alone.
    My friend has me riding her in a rope nose combo with a dog bone snaffle. Good breaks and she becomes really soft after 5 minutes. I bought your snaffle to try out. Any suggestions?

  7. Meghan says

    Hi Larry,
    What is your opinion on horses size in relation to the different cow horse events? Does your horse need to be small 14.3hands or can a bigger horse 15.1-15.3 hands get the job done just the same with proper training? I have been told that the horses need to be on the smaller side to be “caddy”. I participate in ranch or (team) sorting events with my gelding , and I’ve been told that he’s to big and will plateau in his training bc of his size. Just wondering what your thoughts were on the subject?

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Meghan,
      A horse’s athletic ability is way more important than his size when it comes to any high performance event.

  8. john says

    Hi larry
    I have owned horses for awhile and rode my hole life. I was never showed the proper way to ride and take care of a horse but I am learning quicly. I have lots of friends and family who are pitching in and helping me. I have recently bought a new horse to start sorting team roping and eventually would like to get into tie down roping the horse was worked in a feed lot he is a 5 year old geilding and he works great when you get on him I have a few problems with him. I was hoping you could give me some advice on and was wondering if there was a way I could email you or get in touch with you if you would be interested in helping.

  9. amanda says

    Hi Larry,
    we have a little 14hh pony arab/welsh 9 y old ,my daughter pony, we hav had her 2 years now but we had a really bad experience with her, this mare is really quite loving pony we have been doing pony club jumping, flat work the pony she get a little flighty and unsure of things if she hasn’t seen it before, she can jump but she don’t big changes .. we get her jumping nicely then the nxt day we have to start from scratch again polls on ground then height .. well this day we was at pony club jumping refusing to jump my daughter was pushing her over she reared daughter came off then the pony backed up and kicked her in the head while she was getting up off the ground, broken bone and a bleed to the brain.. she is doin ok now .. I can see the horses problem she was scared thinking she was in danger and then she put her rider in danger .. I have rode her and she beautiful but she has the problem, we have never treated her wrong.. people are telling she is dangerous and needs to be put down. what do I do? I am thinking to sell her but some friends think I am doing the wrong thing.
    Cheers Amanda

    • albertacowgirl says

      Hey, I would suggest taking the pony to a horse rehabilitation center or rescue center. It sounds as if your pony has had a bad experience with jumps. Probably before you got her. You need her retrained by someone who works with traumatized ponies. A suggestion…

  10. Michele says

    Hi Larry Trocha,
    I am from Luxembourg ( Europe) and have a 5 year old Quarter Horse Gelding.
    I am happy to have found your Homepage and helpful Videos.
    I am starting with the spin and he learns well..i am taking the time it takes.
    Greetings from Luxembourg
    Michele and Mighty Cutter Bill

  11. Brianne says

    I have am eight year old, quarter horse gelding I was wondering if you had any suggestions on how to put speed on him? He is slow sometimes and when I ask him to speed up, he stops dead and won’t move and kick out when I ask him to move forward.


    Thank you

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Jose,
      I sent your receipt and your order information to you via email address yesterday.
      Be sure to check your spam folder.

      My assistant, Bev will email you with more info.
      Orders sent to Mexico are always at risk of not reaching their destination.

      I’m sure you are already aware of that.

      Larry T

  13. Cait Madl says

      I’m in desperate need of answers concerning my 17h 10 yr old Thoroughbred
    I’ve had for about a year now. His name is Swayze and he is a great
    grandson of Northern Dancer and Nijinksy. He has never raced or trained to
    race.  I do not know a lot of his history but I do know his previous rider
    would dismount if he got fast with her.
         For the first three or four months I owned him, I spent every ride
    trying to walk and trot without having to hold him with a death grip and do
    circles every 2 feet. I hve had him vetted and he is 100% sound. I have
    ridden him with a low headset, beautiful canters, and a soft rein, but only
    during blue moons. He needs serious help and I don’t know where to start.
         My first concern is how nervous he gets. Sweating, diarrhea, and the
    whites of his eyes showing is a serious problem. I am out of ideas on how
    to calm him. He’s not spooking at anything or even jumpy in the slightest.
    He’s simply the most frazzled horse I’ve ever met. His only job is simple
    hunter jumpers. He jumps like a pro, but before and after he’s a bat outta
    hell. I can walk him and trot him just fine. He bends well and will do
    trail riding like a seasoned quarter horse on the buckle. I have ridden him
    in a horse show in the horse pleasure division and I’m very surprised we
    didn’t get disqualified. He wasn’t worried about the people, the other
    horses, or even the trucks and trailers. He didn’t freak out until we had
    to canter. Then it was game over from there.
          I’m sure at this point you are wondering why in the hell I got him in
    the first place. He was $500 and has so much potential. When it’s good,
    it’s great! His ground manners are impeccable.  I can back him, wtc, halt,
    and turn him without a halter or touching him. He’s very sweet and wants to
    put his head on your chest, close his eyes, and have you scratch INSIDE his
    ears. (Weirdo)
         What can I do? Is he a lost cause and I’m just too close to see that?
    I’m a struggling vet tech student married to a marine living on my parents’
    farm trying to help keep them and the horses afloat.
         Well, thank you for your time and listening to me ramble. I appreciate
    it more than words can describe. I’m just not ready to give up yet and need
    your wisdom!

  14. Gordon Grit Peterson says

    I would like to see a Link I could refer you to a friend who is 13 and rides Reining horses
    Jumping horses and my Barrel Team Sorting horse, She is a better rider than most at her
    age. Please show me what I am missing. Home page ?
    Thanks for all your help.

    Grit P

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Gordon,
      I’m really not sure what you’re talking about.
      However, if you are trying to send a friend here, simply tell them to go to

      Take care,
      Larry T

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