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  1. Shauna Knutsen says

    hi Larry i want to say i just love watching your videos….has helped me understand lots of the critiquing of my filly’s training.
    I am hoping you or someone else can help me….My mare was bred (stallion escaped) to a QH stallion named “stormy Jungle Fever” a beautiful stout Gold palomino. My friends mom had bought him from a cow ranch in Alberta but originally he was from the states somewhere herding cows and wild horses. I have no good indicator of his background or if he has any siblings….the reason why i am asking if anyone has heard of him…dont know his blood line at all….hoping someone can! My mare registered name “I.B. Certified North”
    My filly was kind of silly and a real character growing up…..i almost dreaded having to train her….turns out she is my best horse and not a single buck at all! She definately seems to have been bred with a good working/reining brain. She loves to learn and do anything. I noticed one problem we are facing….Larry i hope you can send me in the right direction…..when she puts her head down with the cue she puts her head down instantly but has trouble keeping it down for long periods and she gets distracted so fast. Any tricks i can do to keep her focused and keep her head down?
    Last and final question…I have a yearling colt and wanted to start preparing him for reining later on. Any things you specifically train to your guys that benefits them later when riding comes. I believe in my horses being quiet and respectful of my space and try new things with a good attitude….key word….try! hahaha I found a lot of horses people give me to fix up lack a lot of effort or desire to try or they get flustered at anything as people been to rough and rushing training. Had some wonderful horses!

    I hope someone can help me with my two questions I know you are a busy guy! thanks so much for reading my comment.

    Shauna

  2. Bob Miller says

    Hey Larry,
    Well we have two new horses. We are inexperienced and quiet frankly a bit scared. We don’t know how to ride. We want to very badly and need to learn all there is about riding and taking care of our horses. Including respect between rider and horse. I hope you can guide us.

  3. Teressa says

    I would definitly start her just like you would a beginner, start with your ground work and go from there that way what ever she missed or if there is an area were the last trainer messed up you will be able to see that and fix it. Remember the foundation training is the most important part of a horses training everything else is built off of it. It will also build her confidence in you and in return the more she will learn from you. She then can begin to built her own self confidence at that point. Think about horses in their real elements, if they are not confident about anything they look to another horse to aquire that confidence to do what ever it is the horse fears. Remember horses are like people some mature mentally sooner than others and later than others. So be patient go to work and enjoy the results of your good training. I’m sure your horse is going to be an even better buddy who will be willing to work harder for you now then before you went back to the ground work. good luck

  4. Michelle says

    My new mare is seven but due to lack of working and being started right she has some issues, one she had the mentality of a two year old, no confidence , not mean no bor anything but since she’s so clueless I was thinking I should start her back from the ground up, bad idea?

  5. Braulio J says

    Hi Larry, I’m very pleased with your tips have served me well. I have a mare 4 years old he started doing team penning, I want to know if the training of reining the right for this or is another type of training? I work with turns, standing on its hind legs. always helping with the spur and train with cows! thank you

  6. Lauren G. says

    I have a three year old mare. She is expecting (not my choice I bought her that way she is bred to a halter stallion -really not my choice since I do not show in halter-) she is not due till March 2013. She is heavy cowbred her mom is double bred Poco Bueno and pop is a mix of cow and western pleasure horses and is SkipperW bred. She is short and thick and even though I think she would be talented as a pleasure mount I feel like I would be ruining a horse that would be great in other things. So I want to teach her reining and later see how she does on cows. However, reining is an all new sport to me. I barrel raced years ago but lost interest in barrel racing but will never lose my love for horses. I have loved watching reining and cutting competitions since I can remember. I feel she would be good at it but have NO idea where to start. I can’t afford a trainer believe I would if I could some advice would be a great help. Thank you very much.

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Lauren,
      I’d recommend you get the “Performance Package” of DVDs and get going.

      BTW, I’m sure you’re aware the filly is a great, great, great, great, great granddaughter of Poco Bueno and blood that diluted means very little.

      Doesn’t mean she’s not a good horse though.

      Good luck.

      Larry T.

      • Lauren G. says

        She is the great, great, great, great granddaughter of him. On her mother’s side two of his children a son and daughter were bred together. I know about blood very well I been working with horses since I was six and the further back the less important. I do know someone with a great grandson of him something about frozen sperm (wow!!!) but they paid a small fortune for him to and then gelded him. But is a darn good reining horse.

        Skip is smart and has a good head on her shoulders. But she can be a little bit stubborn and sometimes lazy. She is three I haven’t opened her up to see how she runs yet cause the arena were I am at is an old walking horse arena and the railing don’t even come up to my boot when I am on the horse. I fear she won’t see it and get hurt so its been walk, trot, and lope for me. Soon the new arena will be underway thankfully. She did pitch a fit when asked to back. Took some time but now she backs just well.

        I will looking into the package if its within my price range I might get it. I heard you are a very good reining horse trainer. I wish I could afford a trainer myself cause I have no idea what I am doing. Teaching horses the basics and working with a horse on a barrel pattern I can do I been doing it since I was six. But like I said with all the new things for barrel horses I just lost that drive I want to try something new. Thank you for your time!

  7. Connie says

    How do you get colts to turn better? I use the direct rein up and let the other lay against the neck. I also give her leg cues to turn whichever direction, but her steering is still awkward after about 20 rides!

    Connie

  8. Teresa Watson says

    i need help getting my horse to back on the ground and out of the trailer i have used all your video to train him this far and he is doing great just can’t get him to back away from me or out of the trailer he backs up a few steps while i’m in the saddle

    • Lauren G. says

      Howdy I ain’t the guy to be giving advice but my uncle taught me on the ground to use a stick or a short whip just on what will reach their feet. I used a stick then I couldn’t afford a short whip/crop lol. But I started with pulling back on the lead rope asking him to step back if he would not I would start tapping the front of his leg just above the hoof with the whip. Not hard just lil tap that increased in pressure till he took a step back and when he did I would let pressure of the halter and stop tapping. Reward him. I would ask again and eventually he got to were I did not have to tap him at all and would take a step back when he felt pressure. Then I would go to asking two steps and tapping his leg when he would not step and the moment he took the step would stop and reward him. I hope this helps if you understand it. I never hit the horse to hurt just lil taps or bumps that increased and made him want to step back and when he did would release pressure on halter and stop the taps and reward with a pet and a moment to think.

  9. megan says

    hey,
    i have asked so many people, ” how should i train my 4-5 yr old paint mare for barrels?” She knows that pattern and runs well. I just need her to flex more and to move off her back end instead of her front. Everyone tells me to just sit back on her more so she uses her but but in turns she uses her front and stops she is starting to gradually use her back to stop. i need more help with her because i want to succeed on her and i just dont want to move on to another horse. thanks

  10. Cody says

    Hi ive watched some of your videos on youtube. I love what you can do on your horses. I’m only seventeen and green on horses but I love horses and want to learn to train great horse how you do. As I get better on and around horses I learn I can push my limits without being scared or nervous because the horse will trust me if I’m confident and cool. The horses we have are 2-5 and fast but some are better than others. I would like to learn how to train my two year old to be good to rope off of like my brothers horse that I use. She is an Arabian quarter cross that has 15 hours on her. She doesn’t buck but I’m not sure if she through fits from spinning or taking off. I haven’t ridding her yet but she reins well and can stay calm. I will use ur training video to help make sure she’ll stand when getting on and just to stand while in the saddle. Thank you and will be waiting to get a response.

  11. Richard says

    THAT’S WHY I ASKED YOU SENSE YOU ARE A PRO. I KNOW I DON’T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HORSES. THAT IS WHY I WANT TO LEARN HOW TO TRAIN THEM MY SELF. BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE MONEY, BUT I DO HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO SPEND ON TRAINING THEM. BESIDES I ENJOY BEING AROUND THEM AND LEARNING NEW THINGS. I WANT TO BE GOOD AS I CAN FOR MYSELF AND MY HORSE AND CHILDREN. I JUST WANT TO SPEND TIME WITH MY KIDS AND HORSES AS A FAMILY. THANK YOU

  12. RICHARD says

    WHAT IS A GOOD STARTER BIT FOR A THREE YEAR OLD? THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH THE STRAIGHT BIT I USED. SHE DOES NOT LIKE IT. I PULLED BACK ON IT AND SHE STOOD UP AND ROLLED BACK ON TOP OF ME. I THOUGHT I WAS PARALYZED FOR ABOUT AN HOUR BUT I GOT BACK ON AND SHE TRIED IT AGAIN. NOW I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH HER . I WANT TO TRAIN HER FOR MY CHILDREN. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RETRAIN ALL OF MY HORSES MY SELF. THESE HORSES ARE MY LIFE .

  13. RICHARD says

    HI LARRY I HAVE THREE SMALL DISABLED CHILDREN 5,6,7 AND I WANT TO TRAIN THEM A HORSE THAT I CAN TRUST. THEY LOVE HORSES AND WANT TO RIDE CONSTANTLY BUT I AM SCARED THE HORSES I HAVE ARE JUST TO SPIRITED. I WANT TO TRAIN ONE FOR THEM ONLY. WHAT DO I DO FOR MY CHILDREN TO RIDE AND ENJOY THEMSELVES.

    • LarryTrocha says

      Richard,
      You slapped a curb bit in a green horse’s mouth and then wonder why it flipped over backwards on you.
      Green horse’s need to be ridden in an o-ring snaffle.

      With all do respect, at this point in time, I don’t believe you possess the knowledge or experience to do any of the stuff you wrote about.

      I damn sure wouldn’t put my kids on ANY of your horses.

      Sorry if my response sounds too critical but when unsuspecting children are involved, they look to the adult for good judgement.

      You lack the knowledge or experience to have that good judgement.

      Larry T.

      • Lynn Perkins says

        I was thinking the same thing- A curb bit???! I have had horses for over 30 years and I would not want to do the initial training on a horse. Richard needs to make friends with a person who has enough horse experience to talk him into buying a well trained horse for him and his children to learn on.
        Good luck Richard. I certainly hope that you are all wearing helmets and not cowboy hats!

        • RICHARD says

          THANK YOU MRS. LYNN PERKINS I HAVE PUT ALL OF THE HORSES UP FOR SALE SO I CAN BUY A WELL TRAINED HORSE. YES I HAVE HELMETS FOR ALL OF MY BABIES TO WEAR AND THEY WEAR THEM ON BICYCLES ALSO. WHAT IS A GOOD AGE OF A HORSE TO BUY AND BREED. PLEASE RESPOND THANK YOU AGAIN RICHARD

          • Lynn Perkins says

            Richard, I am glad that you will be getting something safe for you and your kids to ride. I am an emergency room nurse and safety is always a priority for me. Good for you and your children for wearing helmets. Don’t look for pretty, look for safe. Have someone who is experienced with horses go and look with you at any prospective buys. Have a vet check before purchasing.
            Ask if the owner would consider taking the horse back if you are not satisfied. (Maybe you could get up to a 30 day trial period.) I have friends that have done that and I have done it for people looking at my horses. When you do end up buying something else, see if you can find someone to give you and the kids some riding lessons.
            I hope you mean what type of breed or age of horse to purchase, not a good age to buy and breed:( There are many good breeds. I would stick with a stock type breed to begin with. Quarter horses, paint horses, and appaloosa horses are typically more quiet. Of course, not all of them are quiet. The age depends on what the horse has done and the disposition. I had one three year old that any one could ride from about her fifth ride. She is just that quiet! Ask the owner what they have used the horse for, how often they rode the horse, how long can the horse sit without riding and then go off fine when you do ride (that is important for those of us living where winters do not allow for riding outdoors), why are they selling the horse, etc. You can only hope they will be honest with you. I would recommend that you stay away from sale barns with auctions. When you set up a time to go look at the horse, give a range of a couple of hours if you can. Then show up a little early, as you want to see them catch the horse and so forth.
            I will quit rambling now. Good luck. Take your time! Get the right horse if you can. Lynn

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