Teach Your Horse to Stop Light & Collected

Teach Your Horse to Stop Light & Collected

Volume 1

Follow these simple steps to train your horse
to stop on his hindquarters, light & collected

Totally NEW and conceptually UNIQUE, this 3-HOUR, 2-DISC, DVD SET is devoted entirely to teaching your horse to stop well. (Collect, lope and back-up well too).

California cutting and reining trainer, Larry Trocha produced this DVD and it’s the latest addition to his popular “stopping” series.

The information in this video is new and extremely detailed. More detailed than you have ever seen before. All the information you need to get good hindquarter stops is in this video. You’ll see EXACTLY what to do and EXACTLY how to do it.

Every kind of stop is covered.

From strong, hocks buried in the dirt stops — to soft, collected stops that are smooth and balanced.

The training methods are demonstrated on horses that actually need the training. You’ll see horses making all kinds of mistakes and what to do to correct those mistakes.

Here’s a small sample of what you’ll learn…

  • How to teach your horse to consistently perform good hindquarter stops.
  • How to easily teach your horse to lope slow on a loose rein. (Sure-fire results)
  • How to put a light, quick back-up on your horse. (With a low head-set too)
  • How to teach your horse to slide to a stop with good head position, form and style.
  • How to teach your horse the fundamentals of flexion, balance and collection.
  • How to teach your horse to respond to a feather-light touch of the reins.
  • How to teach your horse to stop well from leg or spur pressure.
  • How to fix horses that are hard, gap and open their mouth on the bit.
  • How to use a snaffle bit or a curb bit to teach your horse to collect-up and stop.
  • How to teach your horse to flex at the poll and lightly give to your hands.
  • A “special” technique that will have your horse stopping-on-a-dime within a few rides.
  • How to use your hands, legs and body to improve your horse’s stops… immediately.
  • What to look for in good saddles, tack and equipment.
  • Analysis of both good and bad conformation (How it affects performance).
  • What to do if the training goes wrong. (Plan B)

Production values of this new DVD are very good. The picture and sound track are crystal clear.

2-disc DVD set.

Running time: 3-hours

Special limited-time offer: Only $69

Note: I strongly urge you to get volume 1 and volume 2 at the same time. Volume 1 contains valuable, “must have” information that will give you great results… but there is more to the story. You’ll have a much better understanding of how to get your horse to lay down those big-time sliding stops (with correct form, style and head position) after watching both videos. Here is the link to “Stop Light & Collected Volume 2“.

Price: $69
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Success Story 1

Dear Larry,

The next day after watching your videos, I started applying your training methods. My colt and I had a major breakthrough…

We got a couple of really good stops!

— Rachelle Lightfoot, Monterey, CA

Success Story 2

Dear Larry,

Your unique style of teaching helped me understand how to stop my horse. Last years wins are proof the horse training techniques in your videos really work.

I won high-point year-end champion of the Western Cow Horse Assoc.

— Kathleen Gomes,
Cotati, CA


  1. Rogelio says

    Mr. Trocha:
    I salute and congratulate you for the support you give us.
    My first pregunat is: at what age is appropriate to put the hackamore on a horse and because tiermpo and the second question is, at what age is appropriate to put the brakes to start working more frequently.
    Rogelio Monroy

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Rogelio,
      A hackamore (bosal) is simply a tool some people use as headgear when starting a horse.
      There are no set limitations as to what age a horse must be to use it.

      Most trainers like to start their horses as 2-year olds but there is nothing wrong with waiting until they are 3.

      I personally don’t ask a horse to stop really hard until he is at least 3 and physically strong enough to do it without injury.

  2. Cody Larsen says

    Hi Larry I have watched all of your stopping DVD’s and i love them. I work on a ranch and ride a lot of different horses through out the years. I am not in any way calling myself an expert. I am big into calf roping and have a horse that is really stopping hard on his front end. I have done a lot of your exercises and they have worked excellent on all my horses but this one. Its just really been frustrating to try an rope on him. I had xrays done on his hocks and he had signs of slight arthritis. I truely believe that he is not sore. I have been roping on him for 3 years and he has always been real front endy. Just wanting some input and thoughts. Does a guy move on to a different one? This horse is just real athletic and am guilty of being attached to him

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Cody,
      First, I want to say I appreciate your business and your willingness to reach out for help.
      You’re a man a lot like myself… looking for true answers.

      The fact that none of your other horses stop on the their front end, tells you the problem is not with you but with this particular horse.

      Their are some horses that want to stop on their front end… no matter what… and there really is nothing you can do to change that. At least not change it long term.

      However, if this was my horse and I really liked him, I would have a competent performance vet take a look.

      I would probably have his hocks and stifles treated with cortisone to make sure all inflammation was gone.
      I would make sure the lumbar area of the horse’s back was pain free.

      Inject the back if necessary. Have a competent equine chiropractor work on the horse.

      For heaven’s sake make sure the horse is SHOD RIGHT!

      Poor shoeing causes more problems than you will ever know.

      A bad shoe job can cause a horse to experience pain in his back, loins and even his neck and jaw.

      Once you do all of this, don’t expect immediate results.

      It will take the horse a few weeks to discover it no longer hurts to stop on his hindquarters.

      If all this fails, you have a horse that simply can’t stop and it’s time to find him a job where stopping isn’t an issue.

      Good luck

      Larry T

  3. daynon says

    Hi, Larry. When I ask my horse to stop, instead of bending at the pole, she throws her head down so far that she drives her front end down and stops on her front end. How can i get her to keep her head up when i ask her to stop?

    • LarryTrocha says

      @daynon: Hi Daynon. Well, you are on the page right now that offers a solution.

      My guess is you are looking for free advice.

      There is a free video clip on the home page of this website that tells you EXACTLY what to do.

      Also… the very first issue of my free “Horse Training Tips Insider” gives a detailed stopping solution.

      The fact you haven’t taken advantage of all this free information, makes me wonder.

      Larry T.

  4. Lori Baker says

    I have a horse that when I ride out with a group such as trail riding or foxhunting she will get strong, take the bit & want to run off. Is there anything that can be done for her?

  5. Misti Wheeler says

    Hi Mr. Trocha,
    I’ve been looking at your videos trying to find some advice on stopping and backing. I have found your videos and newsletters very helpful and informative. However on the videos I’ve seen the horses you use are already very well trained, which is great for an example for how it should be performed and how it should look. But what happens when you have a horse who refuses to move forward or backward or sideways off of leg pressure and such. He doesn’t rear or buck or get scary. This particular horse will stop but not get underneath himself and he will not back. He puts his head up and fights the bit. I can usually get him to back 2-4 steps but it takes all my energy to do so. I set the bit and use my small fingers to ask him to back while applying leg pressure. My trainer thinks we should bit him up to get him to soften. I’m speaking of a barrel horse that I recently acquired. He doesn’t want to bend at the poll or stop collected. So when he goes around the barrel at any speed other than a trot he is very front-endy. Until I get him to gather himself up around the turn, he will never be better. He’s got the speed, therefore I think he is worth working with. I want to buy the video…but I’m afraid it will be all about horses who work willingly and effortlessly, and I won’t learn what I need to do in my situation. I think whoever broke him and trained him didn’t ask him to back up and when the unexpeirened girl purchased him she never asked him to stop and back up. Therefore he has been spoiled to some degree and refuses. I want to learn how to teach him how to stop collected, backup and reach his full potential. He gets very high headed when I ask him to stop and back, so I use a tiedown. But this really doesn’t help much. Do you have any advice you could share with me? And which video would be most helpful for me? Thanks so much! You are a wonderful instructor and I understand the concept you are teaching because you are so thorough.

    • LarryTrocha says

      @Misti Wheeler: Hi Misti. I know for a fact you have not watched ANY of my DVDs.

      If you had, you would know I use some really green and untrained horses in them.

      That is one of the features that set my DVDs apart from the crowd.

      BTW, all my DVDs listed on this website have a very detailed description of what is covered.

      Larry T.

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