Mechanical Cow

Mechanical Cow by CowTrac

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Compact and Totally Portable

Light weight and operates with electricity or a battery (use it anywhere).

Operate by Hand or Memory Program

Use the left/right buttons or use the “memory programs” for hands-free operation.

Adjustable “Rate” of Acceleration and Stop

Simply turn the “Ramp” knob to adjust how “abruptly” the cow accelerates and stops. Set it for green colts (cow will accelerate smoothly and coast to a stop). Set it for advanced horses (cow will accelerate more abruptly and stop hard).

  • Weighs only 24 lbs
  • Universal Mounting Bracket
  • Manual and Remote Operation
  • Quiet DC Motor
  • Smooth Transitions
  • Adjustable Rate (Ramp)
  • Slow/Fast Speed Adjust
  • 120/240VAC and 12VDC
  • 1 Year Warranty

  • Hands-Free Operation
  • Simple to Use
  • Easy Record and Play Function
  • Four Memory Locations
  • Record 500 Moves per Location
  • Single Enclosure
  • Front mounted LEDs
  • Record/Play/Pause from Remote
  • Quiet Operation

  • Easily Portable
  • “Tail-drag” System
  • Light Weight
  • Weather Resistant
  • 3D Head and 2D Body
  • Weighted Nose and Feet

  • Complete Control from Horseback
  • Small, Easy-To-Use Design
  • Rechargeable Batteries w/charger
  • Adjustable Velcro Band
  • Fits Any Hand… Large or Small
  • Digital technology – No tuning

Four CowTrac models:

  • CowTrac: Best & easiest to use, single-speed model
  • CowTrac II: Excellent dual-speed model
  • CowTrac Ultima: Top-of-the-line with all the best features
  • Side Kick: Super light & portable. Low price too.

Special Bonus:

Cutting Horse Training Using the Mechanical Cow
1-hour 30 minute Training DVD by Larry Trocha

Larry’s video is a $49 value and yours FREE if you order now!

Read what cutting horse trainer, Larry Trocha has to say about the CowTrac

Just about every top cutting and reined cow horse trainer in the nation uses the CowTrac mechanical cow.

Why… Because the CowTrac has advanced features that enhance training,
 yet it’s very easy to use.


  1. k. Nelson says

    hi larry I want to purchase the cowtrac ultima, I figure if I am spending the money I might as well get the best they offer. I have a few questions before I do purchase. I am debating to either get the flag or the actual cow, do you think their is a benefit to having the cow rather the flag?
    and what is the bump that is offered at extra price?
    it says it comes with the universal mount that I see is connected the box that can be placed on the arena wall, but is their a second universal mount that comes with it? I was wondering when the lines that hold the flag if their is another mount that’s included so when it is placed on the other side of the arena for the pulleys to go through if it is something that attaches to the arena wall like the mount for the box? I hope that makes sense. thanks!

  2. K.N, says

    thanks for the heads up on the homemade mechanical cow, i rather not waste my time doing it if it is pointless. larry their is one question about how often you work a horse on cattle a week during cutting training? is it 5 days a week?

    • LarryTrocha says

      Depends on the horse and what your are trying to accomplish in a certain time frame.

      A horse can get trained being worked only once or twice a week but it’ll take a long time.

      A futurity horse needs to be worked 4 or 5 days a week or he won’t be ready in time.

  3. K.N, says

    hi larry i had a couple questions regarding the mechanical cow, between the cow trac II and ultima is the only difference between them is that the ultima can record? is buying the ultima over the cowtrac II a better buy for training wise? i am debating between those two since it is a $1000 difference i believe. i plan to make a homemade version with the remote and everythign just for temporary until i have all the money to buy the cowtrac. just trying to get all my facts in order.
    my other question is when you have a horse in training for cutting how often do you work cattle/mechanical cow a week? and how long are the sessions? im assuming you do a warm up of walking, trotting, loping, working on stops and spins and then cattle work? my facility doesnt provide cattle so i plan to haul out maybe once a week or once every 2 weeks possibly more depending how often i need to work live cattle, i dont know if that is enough live cattle work but i plan to purchase the mechanical cow to do most of my training. am i able to do most of my training with a mechanical cow? is that enough live cattle work? thanks in advance for answering my questions!

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi K. N.
      I hate to tell you this but you aren’t going to be able to make a home-made mech-cow that comes even close to being workable.

      Why? Because the of the “ramp” speed needed for starting and stopping the flag smoothly.

      Home-made flags are simply too herky-jerky when they stop, when they travel and when they start… causing the horse to stress over not being able to read the flag.

      There are also other factors that you probably aren’t aware of.

      To tell you the truth, I’ve never seen anybody make one yet that didn’t do more harm than good.

      Personally, I’d rather buy some goats and work them than screw up my horse on a flag that didn’t work right.

      Good luck,

      Larry T

  4. Karen says

    Thanks for the tip larry, I was reading your article about if your horse can do reining and cutting at the same time. I was wondering can a horse be a cutting horse and also run barrels? I’m in the process of training for both, I know cutting takes time to make a good cutter and barrels is more easier to learn. Can he be competive in both events? He’s bred nice and VERY athletic.

  5. Karen says

    Hi larry I am purchasing your mechanical cow I had a couple questions, how often does a cutting horse need to cut a cow withouth losing training? Once a week? I don’t have cows so I have to haul to arenas so I wanted to know if my horse needed to cut cows at least once a week or how often? And how often should you use the mechanical cow vs live cattle?

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Karen,
      It depends on the individual horse. They are all different in what they require.

      You can work the flag every day if you want as long as you don’t over do it.
      Keep the training sessions short… 5 to 10 minutes.

      Larry T

  6. Steve Bower says

    Hi Larry

    can you provide me the current price for both units, I am just starting out and I am thinking that is one of the tools I should have, and hopefully you ship to Ontario Canada

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Peter,

      Will do.

      I highly recommend the CowTrac II with the “bump” technology.
      This setup gives you total control of the machine without the need to get off your horse to adjust the speed.
      Very handy.

      I also really like their flag setup that is used in the round pen or down the fence.

      Larry T

  7. Jennifer says

    Hi Larry,

    Just reading online reviews of the CowTrac versus other brands… what’s the major difference between the CowTrac & the Procutter?

    Cheers – love your site!

    • LarryTrocha says

      @Jennifer: Hi Jennifer, Let me start by saying, both are good machines and will do the job for you.

      Myself and the vast majority of professional trainers prefer the CowTrac because it works better in so many ways that I can’t type them all here.

      Do a small survey and call just about ANY cutting or reined cow horse trainer and ask them which cow they use.

      By the way, you should also call the owner of CowTrac, Nelson Sieden.

      He’ll be happy to help you any way he can.

      Be sure to tell him you are one of my members.

      Larry T.

    • LarryTrocha says

      @Dave page: Hi Dave. Not really because the Ultima has the built-in record and play memory and the ll model does not.

      If you ever feel you want the ability to have hands-free operation, better go with the Ultima.

      Larry T.

    • LarryTrocha says

      @Will: Hi Will. The flag isn’t necessarily better. It’s just easier to put up and take down.

      The flag requires only one cord but the cow requires two cords (the extra cord to support the cow’s body).

      Most trainers exclusively use the flag mostly for that reason.

      Larry T.

  8. Melissa Alexander says

    I am curious…Which one of the Cow Trac Systems have the brake system for a good stop? I do not have access to cattle for regular practice so I am in the market for a mechanical cow. I am comparing systems and prices so your help would greatly be appreciated…Have a great evening..Melissa in NC

    • LarryTrocha says

      @Melissa Alexander: Hi Melissa. ALL the cowtrac models stop well. That is a feature you don’t have to worry about with this cow.

      The “braking system” you refer to, is a feature found on a different brand of cow that is made in Texas. I owned one of them and used it for a couple years before switching to the cowtrac.

      If you need help making a decision about which cow to buy… simply call ANY of the top cutting horse trainers in the nation and ask which cow they use (including Matt Gaines, Phil Rapp, Austin Shepard etc.)

      All of them will tell you to get the CowTrac Ultima model.

      It’s the best cow ever made.

      They will also tell you they use it with the “flag” not the stuffed cow.

      Larry T.

  9. Kim says

    Hi, I am interested in your cowtrac how much are they and i would need it sent to australia. THANK YOU.

    • LarryTrocha says

      @Kim: Hi Kim. Yes, we ship to Australia. Just click on the link of the model you want and you’ll see the price and shipping.

      Once you order, it normally takes a week or so for your cow to be built (depends on the number of orders ahead of you) and another 10 days for it to arrive in Australia.

      Larry T.

  10. kim says

    i am interested in the mechanical cow. Please send cost of cow and shipping to australia. Also how long it would take to get one here as i wish to pay one for the other for his birthday next month. thanks

  11. Elliot says

    Just wondering if you ship to australia and if so, could you E mail a price list on your models of mechanical cows

    • LarryTrocha says

      @Elliot: Hi Elliot. Yes, we ship to Australia. Just click on the link of the model you want and you’ll see the price and shipping.

      Once you order, it normally takes a week or so for your cow to be built (depends on the number of orders ahead of you) and another 10 days for it to arrive in Australia.

      Larry T.

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