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, Online Horse Training Videos and my Horse Training Tips Insider.


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 great results!

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

Would you like to see an example?

Watch the video clip on the Home page about stopping and backing a horse.

It’s a good example of the kind of instruction you’ll get in ALL my DVDs and online video courses.

What I want you to do.

The FIRST thing is to subscribe to my Horse Training Tips Insider (did I mention it’s free).


Because you’ll receive top-notch training information within a few minutes of signing up.

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 "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. 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

  2. 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.


  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. brooke says

    Hi! I have a horse that likes to buck sometimes if she can’t get her way. She does like weak bucks cause she can’t get her way all the time. I want her to get used to saddle too. She bucks with saddle too. I don’t know how to have her get used to it. I am ridding her in the deep snow too so I have soft landing if she does a hard buck. But, I need help with her.

  6. Leslie Howell says

    Dear Mr. Larry,
    I love your method. I have a 7 year old barrel horse that I am taking off the barrels and moving more towards reining. He Has been taught well with TONS of horsemanship training and cues.I’ve been keeping him quiet ( he’s always been a quiet barrel horse anyways thank god). He’s doing quite well, I want to compete in college reining. He’s an incredibly fast learning horse and is SUPER soft to reins, leg, and seat. But he gets very distracted, plus he not very good at lead changing. Also how can I get him to spin fluently? He does well for a cross trained horse but I know he can be an amazing reining horse and I think he likes reining better.

  7. Fran says


    I bought a nice almost 5 yr old AQHA mare that has nice foundation training. She went to a trainer for 5 months and I now have her and starting to get to know her. She has been put in a Billy Allen bit to transition. She responds well but I notice a few things that I need to work with her on. She still has some resistance going into the lope and she lightly chomps at her bit most time. I realize this is a two fold question (thanks for your patience) but first should I take her back to a snaffle to help her understand what I am asking for when going into the lope and second what are good indications that she is truly ready for the transition bit and once there are there times it helps her if I go back to snaffle?

    Thank you for your time.


    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Fran,
      I’d be most concerned about your horse chomping the bit.

      Horses do that because all is not well.

      Most of the time, it’s anxiety related.

      Personally, I wouldn’t do anything until I got the chomping issue fixed.

      Larry T.

      • Fran says

        Thank you for your quick reply and guidance.

        I do feel she is anxious and eager to please.

        I will start by letting her relax, however do you suggest a good next step to helping us work on this or one of your videos?

        Many thanks.


  8. Tiara says

    Hi, I’m Tiara my friend, Brooke, just showed me this sight and I have a few questions about my horse. I just got a new horse shes one year old and today I was walking her and she started to try to kick me. What should I do if that happens again? What do you do if your on a runaway horse? How do you stop a horse from trying to runaway when you are leading him/her with a lead rope? Thank you for reading this.

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