Dear Friend and Horseman,
Larry Trocha here.
If you’ve been a reader of my Horse Training Tips newsletter for the past couple years, you know I’m a big believer in giving a horse a job.
In other words, a REASON to work.
This makes the training go so much easier.
And it’s much better for the horse’s mind too.
I’ve found nothing gives a horse more reason to use his brain, accelerate, rate his speed, stop and turn around than working cattle.
And when LIVE cattle aren’t practical, a MECHANICAL COW is a helpful substitute.
However, when it comes to these training machines, some of them work well and some don’t.
Throughout my career, I’ve tried every mechanical cow that has ever been
And to tell you the truth, every single one of them had some sort of design FLAW or mechanical PROBLEM.
Malfunctioning and breaking down was common.
Some of them never worked right to begin with.
What a pain in the butt.
The only reason I kept using one is because the training benefits far outweighed the hassle.
At that time (and to the present day) the largest manufacturer of mechanical cows produces a cumbersome machine that uses out-dated, 20 year-old technology.
For years, I hoped somebody could make a cow that operated hassle-free, was EASY TO USE and PORTABLE (I want to take it to the show with me or set it up in the pasture).
Plus, have all the extra features that are important for training a horse.
With the ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY available today, somebody should be able to
make a mechanical cow that exceeds all expectations.
And finally… THEY HAVE.
I own one of these advanced mechanical cows and I gotta tell you, it’s a GREAT training device.
By far the best one I’ve ever seen.
There’s an interesting story about how it was developed.
I’ll share it with you.
About two years ago, a guy by the name of Nelson Seiden attended one of my three-day cutting clinics.
Like all my clinics, I got to know everybody and find out a little bit about them.
Turns out, Nelson was a mechanical engineer.
Anyway, during the clinic, each morning I’d start everybody off by working the mechanical cow.
I called it “the flag” because I didn’t actually have the stuffed cow hooked up. Instead, I substituted a feed sack.
I’d start my instruction with everybody working the flag and then we’d finish up by working live cattle.
The nice thing about using the flag is you can work on a problem situation by repeating it over and over.
Can’t really do that with live cattle.
Because of this repetition, by the end of the clinic everybody had made a ton of progress.
When the clinic was over, Nelson told me he had designed his own mechanical cow and was in the process of marketing it.
He offered to let me try one to see how I liked it.
Well, I tried it and it was okay but a long way from being what I’d call ideal.
Needless to say, Nelson was not thrilled to hear that.
Nelson confided to me that it was his dream to produce and market the best mechanical cow anyone has ever seen.
And if I would help him do that, he’d be most grateful.
I could tell he was sincere and dead serious about it so I agreed.
I used the cow several times a week and gave Nelson my feedback about what needed to be changed to make it better.
Every time a new change was made, Nelson would send me the upgraded cow to test.
And then, we’d repeat the process all over again.
It took a YEAR to get everything just right.
And it took ANOTHER YEAR of TESTING BY FIRE, to get the machine bulletproof.
And now, after several years of dedicated effort, I can honestly say Nelson is
manufacturing the best cow anyone has ever seen.
Many amateurs, non pros and quite a few of my professional trainer friends have been using this machine with great success.
If you’re interested in training your horse with the help of a mechanical cow, you can check out or purchase Nelson’s “CowTrac™” cow on my website.
Be sure to watch the online video of the CowTrac in action.
By the way, you may be interested to know, Nelson has priced his mechanical cow LOWER than any other machine on the market.
To make the deal even better, I’ll include my 2-hour training video, “Cutting Horse Training Using the Mechanical Cow” as a BONUS. That’s a $49 value FREE.
It’s a great value and sound investment for training your horse to a higher level of performance.
You’ll get your horse’s trained better, you’ll save a ton of money
and you’ll have a lot more FUN working your horse.
To order, call my assistant, Bev at 1-800-811-4883 or simply order using
the “Add to Cart” buttons on my website.
Here’s the link:
Well, this wraps it up for this newsletter. I hope you liked it.
Until next time, have fun training your horse.