Reining Horse Clinics with Larry Trocha

Larry Trocha aboard Munez Easy Tater.
(VCHA Champion & Futurity Finalist)

Back to Basics
Reining Horse Clinics

1 or 2 Day Reining Horse Clinics with Larry Trocha

Bring your horse and have a good time learning to rein.

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No reining clinics are currently scheduled. Be sure you are on our email list to be notified when clinic dates are available.

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Do you want to teach your horse reining but you’re not sure how to go about it?

Do you want to learn training techniques that will improve your horse for reining, barrel racing, team penning and the new versatility classes?

Do you know what it’s like, when you’ve watched all the popular training videos, gone to the big-time clinics and taken lessons from the hot-shot trainers and it still isn’t working for you?

Well, if you answered “YES” to ANY of the above questions, then this message may be exactly what you’re looking for.



Larry Trocha here.

This 3-day clinic will be held at my horse training facility in Acampo, California.


The focus of the clinic will be to improve your ability to teach a horse to…


In three days of intensive instruction, you will learn all this and more.

Each clinic will be limited to a VERY SMALL group of people (4-6) so everyone will get plenty of individual attention.


If you want to learn the basics of reining horse training, you need to be here. You will learn PROVEN training techniques that I guarantee will work on the majority of horses.

If you compete with your horse in team penning, barrel racing or the popular versatility classes, then you definitely need to come to this clinic.

Any horse that is required to handle well and work off his hocks will benefit from what you’ll learn.


The thing that is different about this clinic is the EFFECTIVENESS of the instruction you will receive here.

I’m going to share with you the SECRETS that have made many of my private clients WINNERS in reining, cutting and working cow horse competition.

I promise… you will leave this clinic riding and training better that ever.

Even if you’ve had ZERO success training a performance horse before, the things you will experience at this clinic will greatly improve your skill level.

In reality, many riders are only a FEW SMALL ADJUSTMENTS away from having the kind of results they dream of.

Problem is… they are STUCK. They don’t know what needs to be done to improve.

Many will take private lessons or go to clinics but usually don’t get much better.

The reason for the poor results is a lack of DETAILED INFORMATION which focuses on the fundamentals of success that are CRITICAL.

In general, most folks think it’s solely the horse training METHOD that is MOST important, the key to success.

Let me be honest with you… IT IS NOT.

Yes, the particular training method used does play a significant role but it’s only PART of the equation.

The MAGIC is in the MECHANICS of how that method is APPLIED using your BODY… YOUR HANDS, LEGS AND SEAT.

Let me say that again…

The MAGIC is in the MECHANICS of how you use your BODY… YOUR HANDS, LEGS AND SEAT.

Words can’t express how important that sentence is.

Understand how to use your body the right way and you can CONSISTENTLY get OUTSTANDING results with your horse. Use it incorrectly and your results will usually be disappointing.

At this clinic, I’m also going to cover many of the little, overlooked, horsemanship skills that get left out of most clinics. And to tell you the truth, it’s the little things that add up to make a big difference in your riding.

Without exaggerating, I promise you will markedly IMPROVE and you’ll learn things at my clinic that you CAN’T get ANYWHERE else.

The instruction you receive here will be ABSOLUTELY EYE-OPENING
I promise you that.

I should also point out that you will get plenty of INDIVIDUAL attention.

Each clinic will be limited to a VERY SMALL group of people. The experience will be even BETTER than private, one-on-one instruction.


You must be in good health to attend this clinic and be aware of the risks. All activities that involve horses are risky but “reining” is even more so because of the quick stops and fast moves that the horses make.

You must “physically” be in half-way-decent condition. If you are “extremely” overweight, extremely frail or have a serious medical condition, I’d recommend that you DO NOT participate.

You must be a fairly GOOD rider to participate in this clinic. By that, I mean you should be able to GALLOP a horse without fear of losing your balance and falling off.

If you need to have a death-grip on the horn to keep from bouncing out of the saddle, this clinic probably isn’t for you.

In other words, you don’t have to be a great rider but you do need to be a GOOD rider.

I would recommend you have at least 3 years of riding experience. That means you’ve ridden a minimum of three hours a week, for a total time of 450 hours in the saddle.

By the way, all participants are required to sign a “release of liability” document.


  • No riders under the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent)
  • No dogs allowed.


  • June
  • July
  • August


Larry Trocha Training Stable
24860 N Tully Road
Acampo, CA 995220

20 minutes south of Sacramento.
90 minutes west of San Francisco and Oakland.


Tuition for each clinic will be announced.

Lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided all three days.

Your motel reservations will be YOUR responsibility. We can offer some suggestions as to where to stay.

If you plan on renting a car, I recommend Enterprise. I’ve used them before and the service was great.

Clinic size is limited a small group (4 to 6 people) so registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

Tuition may be paid via credit card or check and must be “paid in full“. I can NOT reserve a spot for you unless the tuition is fully paid in advance.

Okay, that about wraps it up. If I think of anything else, I’ll be sure to let you know.


To register or if you have questions, call my assistant, Bev.

If Bev is on the other line or away from the phone, leave a message so she can call you back.

I should also mention that in addition to the Back to Basics Reining Horse Clinic, I’m also going to have several…CUTTING HORSE CLINICS.

That’s all for now, I hope to hear from you soon.

Take care,

Larry Trocha
Larry Trocha Training Stable


  1. Debbie says

    I am interested in your three day clinic. What is the price for this clinic. I have never done reining before but am interested in starting.

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Debbie,
      I haven’t scheduled any reining clinics for this year yet.

      If you have NEVER done any kind of reining before… a clinic isn’t where you should start.

      You should take several PRIVATE LESSONS first.

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Rhonda,
      Not at this time. Probably in the early spring.
      Make sure you are on my mailing list so you’ll get an email update.

  2. Cathy says

    HI! Are you going to be doing any clinics this year? I am very interested in ridng in the reining one. Thanks, Cathy

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Cathy,
      I plan on doing small one-day clinics only.

      If you live close to me , this would be good for you.

      Larry T

  3. Diego says

    Larry, how are you. I’m from Argentina. I play polo and dedicate an important part of my time working with new horses (as we say here in Argentina). I saw some of your CD’s and they really interested me a lot. I write to congratulate you and to ask if you offer longer clinics since if a go to USA I would like to take advantage of. Thank you very much.

  4. Dinaccia Bennett says

    Hi Larry: Have a quick question for ya. We just purchased an 8 year old appaloosa gelding, recently gelded in May of this past summer (never bred, according to prior owners). He’s pushy, mouthy and generally impatient and very studdish in his behavior. We’ve started retraining him from the ground and not letting him get away with any negative behavior. He’s improving slowly. My question to you is I’ve heard several different methods of “discipline” we generally use a combination of Parelli, Cox, Anderson, Lyons, Robert etc. He’s been classified as a Right Brain Introvert through “Parelli” althougth I believe he’s Left Brain as he wants to learn he’s just very impatient (we’re working on that through tying him in his stall where he can get to his water, hay etc. and dig to his hearts content (we have thick mats) we’re also working on getting his respect but he’s a biter, kicker and generally unpleasant to be around, my question is I’m about 80 lbs and he’s a big bulldog type quarter build so no matter what halter I use on him he has a definite advantage and how much discipline is too much for a horse that knows almost nothing? We’ve been told by other trainers that if they kick, bite, strike etc. we’re to ‘KILL” them for 3 seconds, He actually thinks that’s fun and play. I get serious and make him move his hidquarters and do frequent directional changes on the lunge line and he’s improving but the impatient attitude remains, any suggestions? Thanks

  5. Linda Hughes says

    Hello Larry,

    I’ve had good result from you shoulder surgery and am starting back riding. I’m still looking for a light weight well made and comfortable saddle for ranch versatility and sorting/penning activities. Do you have a saddle you can recommend? I’m 5’41/2æ,140 lbs, and a size 10 inWrangler or Levi jeans. I’ve seen you videos on saddle selection, but don’t see a saddle maker or brand listed

    Also, I’m interested in taking one of you clinics after the summer. Will you be offering them in late Oct and Nov. Do participant bring their own horses. And finally, what is your charge for a three day clinic?

    Thanks for your help.

    Linda Hughes

    • LarryTrocha says

      @Linda Hughes: Hi Linda. Clinic dates for the year are up in the air.

      And now with the outbreak of EHV-1 around the country, I’m not too keen on having one anytime soon. And yes, participants would need to bring their own horse.

      I don’t publicly endorse or recommend anybody’s saddle.

      However, I will email you privately with my recommendation.

      Larry T.

  6. linda hughes says

    Ranch riding and moving cows is may main riding activity…the rest of the time its pleasure/trail riding. I’ve started some colts in my younger years, but at 65 I’m just trying to take my horses further along. At the moment its a bit difficult as I have a bad rotator cuff tear in my right shoulder and and old semi repaired-one in my left. I’m having surgery this month and hope that enables me to get a saddle on my horse. Otherwise I guess I’ll get a wench :-) I like my horses light and collected and want good stops (not long slides as I’m out in the hills) using the hind end. My horses also need to turn easily and move right out. Right now I have a 5 year old that may need some tuning before I get back to him this spring after my surgeon OKs me. A month by someone like you should do it. He’s athletic and cowy, but wants to dominate and crowd. I’m also working a 3 year old much quieter gelding that will be my husbands. He is strictly a pleasure rider but is interested in team penning if he can do it . I’d like someone to work the three year old to that end. He’s lazy on picking up the lope, but willing on most of what is asked. I’d like him to stay quiet (as opposed to jacked up), and be willing to move when asked so my husband and I can both enjoy him. I’ll probably ride him most of the time as my husband is a busy fellow…and I like quick, willing responsiveness and balance in my horses. Would you be willing to put a month on my 5 year old and two to three months on the 3 year old?

    Finally, I’m likely to need a light weight saddle even with my arm fixed. Can you tell me the weight of the ranch versatility type saddle you list on your site, as well as describe it a bit? I sometimes ride 8-12 hours so it needs to be comfortable as well as light… and still be good for chasing cows when we are gathering, sorting and generally working cattle. I should add that it isn’t unusual to be heading a cow off across a side hill, or down hill at a gallop (collected!), jumping logs as necessary etc. So far I haven’t given up on that as its such a kick.

    Linda Hughes

  7. chelsea says

    hi Larry i recently purchased a tb gelding he is super sweet, calm ad surprisingly level headed he acts more like a qh to me. ant way he is 7 and 16 hh everyone tells me hes to tall to do reining but he already knows sliding stops and spins and he has won lots of local reining competitions. hes really athletic to and i would like to go professional with him some day but im afraid what they say is true. do you think he could go pro some day?

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