About Horse Trainer, Larry Trocha

About Reining & Cutting Horse Trainer, Larry Trocha

Horse training with reining & cutting horse trainer, Larry Trocha
Cutting & Reining Horse Trainer,
Larry Trocha


Hi, I’m Larry Trocha.

Over many years working with cutting, reining and working cow horses, I’ve developed a successful training program designed to teach horses to stop, spin, rollback, change leads and work cattle.

I’ve also helped many clients fix their horse’s bad behavior problems; bucking, rearing, biting, kicking & spooking.

I’m happy to share this specialized knowledge with you through my series of Horse Training DVDs and Online Horse Training Videos.

Larry Trocha is a performance horse trainer
located in northern California.

Larry specializes in training cutting horses, reined cow horses,
reining horses and general horse training.

Larry Trocha Training Stable
Located at the Sliding J Ranch, 40 min. south of Sacramento:
24846 N Tully Road
Acampo, CA 95220
Phone: 209-642-2804

Now is the perfect time to take advantage of Larry Trocha’s knowledge and experience. Have Larry train your horse to a higher level of performance.

Or, sign up for Larry’s super lessons to advance your riding skills.

Here’s what you can expect…

Expert training for every level of horse, from green colts to finished horses.

In business since 1980, Larry has trained winning horses in all three events, including association champions, circuit champions, and limited-age event champions.

Horses that Larry has trained have chalked up many wins and championships!

Some of Larry’s favorites include…

"SH Ceethisslykitten", 2012 El Rancho Futurity Finalist (placed 3rd)
Owner: Sibyl Day. Trained & shown by Larry Trocha

"Dainty Smoothie King", 2010 ICHA Futurity Finalist
Owner: Fiina Ugrin-Jolley. Trained & shown by Larry Trocha

“San Man Shorty”, 2008 Cutting Futurity Finalist
owned and shown by Larry Trocha

  • “Cal Filly Bar”, AQHA Superior Cutting Champion.
  • “Scootum Over Tesa”, WCHA Open Working Cow Horse Champion.
  • “Freckle Olena”, Reserve Champion Nevada Spectacular Cutting Futurity.
  • “I’m An Alibi”, Finalist of two west coast Cutting futurities.
  • “Willy A Dell”, Champion of two Pacific coast Cutting Derbys.
  • “Nap O’Lena”, WCHA Open Reining Champion.
  • “Handle Bars Fling”, Multiple Derby Finalist. NCHA Derby Semi-Finalist.
  • “Home Remedy”, NCHA and PCCHA novice top ten world champion.
  • “Cal’s Condor”, aged event finalist and multiple PCCHA Champion.
  • “Mollie Montana”, Pacific Coast Cutting Stakes Classic Champion.

Larry Trocha and Mollie Montana;
Pacific Coast Cutting Stakes Classic Champions

Check out Larry’s horse training and lesson fees.

What I believe about you.

I believe you came to this website for a specific reason.

More than likely, you’re looking for a solution to improve your horse’s performance or improve your horse training skills.

Either, you want to fix a behavior problem (bucking, rearing, kicking etc) or you’re looking to take your horse to a higher level of training (reining, cutting, cow horse etc).

No matter what your reason… I’m glad you found your way to my website.

My reason for being here.

I started my horse training business in 1980.

Competing in AQHA and NCHA competition, I’ve done well in reining, cow horse and cutting (year-end championships, aged-event championships, many time finalist, etc).

I’ve ridden some really good horses that were "born naturals" and an absolute joy to train.

And I’ve also had plenty of "problem" horses that were a son-of-a-gun to get trained.

Because of that, I’ve been able to learn and develop a wide variety of training techniques.

My goal here is to share with you some of the things I’ve learned that get good results. Not just techniques that work well for me… but training techniques that will work well for YOU!

This is what troubles me.

It’s not their fault… but people have so many misconceptions about horses and horse training.

They have misconceptions about what’s right and what’s wrong… what works and what doesn’t… what’s reality and what’s simply a fantasy.

They have misconceptions that can be dangerous for the horse owner.

Misconceptions that can make a horse’s life MISERABLE.

Misconceptions that can lead to frustration and the feeling of failure.

Even a person who is honestly trying to learn, can end up with the wrong ideas.

He’ll watch popular horse training programs on television or he’ll study a trainer’s DVD series.

Unfortunately, many horse trainers (and clinicians) don’t tell people the whole truth.

For some reason, they feel it’s necessary to present a less-than-accurate version of what a successful training program actually is.

Most are so afraid of offending somebody, they carefully choose touchy-feely, politically-correct language so as not to step on anybody’s toes.

Their training demonstrations are done using horses that never make a mistake. They seldom show how to deal with "difficult" horses that make mistakes or don’t cooperate.

As a result, the viewer comes away with a DISTORTED understanding of true horse nature and horse training.

It shouldn’t be that way!

I believe people need to know the truth… they need to see training that works in the "real world" on "real horses".

What I have to offer.

I’ve produced an entire set of DVDs and online videos that I feel do a good job of showing how to train a horse.

Videos that show how to start colts or re-train older horses.

Videos for training cutting horses, reining horses, reined cow horses and more.

Each DVD goes into great detail.

I explain exactly what you need to do… step-by-step… in PLAIN ENGLISH.

The instructions are easy to understand, direct and to the point.

I should point out, the methods demonstrated in the videos are not the only way to train a horse but they’re a very good way.

A way that has proven to work well for me and my clients, on a wide variety of horses.

By the way, in each DVD, I also cover extensive training for the RIDER.

No horse will perform well if the person on his back doesn’t use their hands, legs and seat correctly.

What it’ll do for you.

Bottom line, my training videos will help you get outstanding results!

And if you have a decent horse, you’ll get those results really fast.

Would you like to see an example? Check out the free information on this website.
You’ll find articles, blog posts and free cheat sheets.

What I want you to do.

The FIRST thing is to subscribe to my email list.


This gets you access to special stuff which other folks don’t have access to.

Information that is so good, you’ll wonder why I’m not charging for it. (I’m not exaggerating, just look at all the comments at the bottom of the Home page)

If you’re unsure if it’s the right thing for you to do, then answer this simple question…

Do you want to improve your horsemanship and training skills or not?

If your answer is "NOT"… that’s fine. But you may as well leave now because that’s what this entire website is about.

If your answer is "YES"… then good. Join me and let’s get started.

The SECOND thing you should do is take a look at my Horse Training DVDs and Online Horse Training Video Courses and pick out the ones that best suit your needs.

I recommend you order one of the DVD "Training Packages" as they offer the best value at a discounted price.

Good luck with training your horse.

Larry Trocha
Larry Trocha Training Stable
24846 N. Tully Road
Acampo, CA 95220



  1. Bob Majaury says

    Hi Larry,
    Just one question. Is it safe to ride a horse on rough trails using the German martingail?

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Bob,
      I’m not sure I understand your question.
      Frankly, it doesn’t matter what gear you’re using, it’s not safe riding on rough trails… period.

      • Bob says

        I guess my question wasn’t clear enough, so I will try to clarify it. My young mare needed a little better head position, so I used the German Martingale on a trail ride, and was told that it wasn’t a pieces of equipment that should be used on trails, for safety reasons. In our country all trails are rough, so you are right nothing is totally safe “period”, but I don’t want to use a piece of equipment that will add to the risk. I have your DVDs, so I thought I would ask to see if I am missing something. At 70 years of age I am still learning from where ever knowledge is available.

  2. Chris says

    Hello Mr Trocha,
    Thankyou very much for having such a wonderful site, great information and guidance. I am participating in your training methods and started acquiring your DVDs etc. All in plain speak:)
    I guess I am a bit of a odd bod to your normal clientele, I am 62 just bought a horse after 30-35years altogether out of horses. I find myself headed in the direction of Reining, unintentionally. I viewed a horse via video as I was looking for a project horse, nice type, paint, researched her bloodlines, she is what I call a yank with Aussie passport, beautiful bloodlines and liked the way she moved on the lunge, just had a gut feeling she’d had a bit of training. The owners had not tried to ride her or do anything really, as they bought her as a breeder. Apparently she had been in a paddock for 5years having 1 foal.
    Anyway I did not know of any trainers around so booked her into the closest trainer for convenience, to check her out, not game to risk trying her myself initially. In the meantime chased up her previous owners and trainer, to my surprise she had 1 year reining training, registered with NRHA. The trainer who was convenient turned out to be one of our most prominent reining trainers, go figure!, he was really impressed with this mare and said she is quite handy.
    He thinks I should rein her,
    Anyway I have a lot of catching up to do to give this mare some justice, might not get there, the old bones aren’t what they used to be. But with your training tips, videos and DVD’s will to have a crack at it.

    Thanks again for offering open and concise methods for all to gain value, times have changed indeed, I had to learn out of books and experiment.

    Have a great day. Chris

    • LarryTrocha says

      Good to hear from you, Chris.

      Thanks for purchasing my info and good luck with your new horse.

      Take care,

      Larry T

  3. Jill says

    Hi Larry,

    I’d like to hear your insight on conflicting appraches and the apporopriate technique to correct the following problem. I am a 4-H leader and have a member who acquired the horse in question about 6 months ago. She is taking lessons from a local trainer and focusing on western pleasure. The horse has a 4 beat gait at the lope where she jogs on the hindquarters and lopes on the front. To correct this, her trainer is having her put her weight deep and back in the saddle. I believe her approach is to get the horse to collect and round her hind quarters more. However, I have an older but good DVD on western pleasure from a nationally known trainer who corrects this same problem by having the rider move forward and up in the saddle to get the weight off the hindquarters? Can you provide your opinion on these techniques and if you have other suggestions.

    I truly enjoy reading your newsletters. Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge.

    Kind regards,


    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Jill,
      Neither of those corrections is going to solve the 4-beat lope problem… at least not the way you describe them.

      It’ll take more than just the rider’s position in the saddle to get this horse to 3-beat lope again.

      Larry T

  4. Jack says

    Hi Larry, Thanks for the video about horses that don’t accept the bridle well. The Mare in your video reacts just like my Reining Horse.

    Jasper had ear mites when I bought him and we had the Colorado State Vet school remove them with a laser. It’s been a year and Jasper has healed well but he’s is still throwing his head out of what seems to be habit.

    What I’ve done just to get Jasper shown is to use a one ear bridle with the ear piece removed. I unbuckle the pol strap, put the bit in Jaspers mouth and then re-buckle the pol strap behind Jaspers ears. Jasper is fine with that and I have never even come close to having the bridle slip over Jaspers ears when I show. Of course I have to do things all over again because I have to show the judge my bit after my go. What are your thought on this?

    The down time at shows, and when I’m up at my Trainers will have to be the time i spend with Jasper working on his fear using your method.

    Thanks for the Video. Its is money well spent.


  5. Amanda says

    Hi Larry,
    I recently acquired a 5yo mare. She is a patterned barrel horse and has ran at some jackpots. She is out of shape and a bit over weight but she is a nice mare. Having said this, I feel she is “sticky” in her turns and cannot keep up any momentum, making the turns not fluent
    She does stays nicely elevated through her turns, but need some softening/suppling.
    It feels like her shoulders need to break free,so she reaches more with her front end.
    I spoke with the Gal who trained and rode her as a 3yo and she informed me that she was very athletic, full of life and quite a nice horse.
    Do you have any suggestions?
    Thank you

  6. Rolande Huot says

    Hi, I like your videos a lot. The explanations are clear, slow enough that we have the time to understand what you do and precise enough that it makes sense and connect together. I’ll buy the series soon. I have 2 Arabian mares and they were not trained as you would have trained them. They are good, however, there is room for lots of improvement. I love my mares and want the best for them. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with me. Rolande H.

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