Colt Starting – Online

Colt Starting… How To Start Colts With A Hackamore (bosal) And Snaffle Bit

Start them the safest and easiest way possible

Would you like to learn how to start colts in a “safe as possible”, “non traumatic” way?

If so, you’re in luck!

LTrocha-transparent200Hi – I’m Larry Trocha. The trainer who created this series of videos.

In this video series, I start a 2-year old buckskin filly using a braided hackamore (bosal) and a standard snaffle bit. Plus, I do it in a way that is pretty much “stress free” for both horse and trainer.

Additionally, the entire training process is shown pretty much in “real time”.

The advantage of seeing it happen in real-time is it gives you a good reference to gauge the progress and what methods it took to get them there.

First time saddled and bucking a little bit

Overall, the video covers a time span equivalent to about three weeks of training sessions. And each session averaging around 20 minutes in length. Some sessions longer. Some shorter.

The important thing is you see everything just how it happened. Starting at the beginning and going all the way through the 1st ride.

You will see the 7th and the 8th ride also.

Here’s an outline of the progressive steps:

The sack-out and gentling process (ropes, flags, blanket and stick).

Teach the filly to respond and move her shoulders, ribcage and hips away from pressure.

Teaching the filly to work on the lunge line correctly.

Advanced lunge line techniques.

Introducing the saddle without having a wreck.

Establishing control with the hackamore. (I can’t stress enough the importance of this step)

A careful introduction to the snaffle bit. (Do this wrong and you’ll have mouth issues for a long time)

Pre-ride ground work with the snaffle.

Special pre-ride preparation. (How to stay out of trouble)

Making a successful first ride.

Suppling the filly laterally and establishing lightness.

Teaching the filly to give to my hands, flex at the poll and drop off the bit.

Teaching the filly to move her hindquarters away from leg pressure.

Teaching to walk, trot and lope quiet and relaxed.

Training technique for picking up the correct lead.

Teaching the preliminary stages for collection and traveling “in-frame”.

Teaching the filly to back up (you’ll learn 4 different methods)

Re-introducing the hackamore and continuing training.

At this point, the filly is going well and I’m riding her in the big outdoor arena.

Filly learning to follow the rider's hands

She will walk, trot, lope… stop and back up.

She’s light and will drop her nose and flex at the poll in both the snaffle bit and hackamore.

From here, it was just a matter of riding her consistently and letting her progress at her own pace.

You’ll pretty much see everything exactly as it happened.

About the only thing I didn’t show on camera was I spent the first week just petting and brushing the filly so she would settle in and get to know me.

The filly went on to become a really good horse.

Bonus Section

The absolute “SAFEST” way I know to make those first several rides.

Follow this recommendation and you’ll greatly reduce the chances of getting bucked off or having a wreck.

Follow it to the letter and this training technique almost guarantees your colt will have a successful start.

Honestly, I highly recommend this video series to anyone who starts colts.
I truly believe this is a great way to get the job done.

Special “Limited Time” Offer.

If you personally went to a professional trainer and tried to get this kind of education on your own, it would cost you a lot of time and money (if you could even find a trainer who’d be willing to share the information).

For a LIMITED TIME, the course is being offered at a ridiculously low introductory price of only $67.

This low-priced, introductory offer will end soon so I recommend you get the course now.

Watch the videos as many times as you’d like for an entire year. You can access them on any computer, tablet or smart phone.

Get started by clicking the “Add To Cart” button below.

Then, simply fill out the “Check Out” page.

A few seconds after you submit your order, a “Registration Page” will appear on the screen. This is where you select your username and password. (Be sure not to skip this step).

Once you do that, you’ll have IMMEDIATE ACCESS to the videos. Simply login and start watching.

Okay, do it now and I’ll see you in the “Members Area”.

Colt Starting with a Hackamore (bosal) & Snaffle Bit – Online Video Series
1-year membership: $67 (option to renew at a big discount)

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These are videos you watch on your computer or smart phone. They are NOT DVDs.


About horse trainer, Larry Trocha

Reining & cutting horse trainer, Larry Trocha

Reining & cutting horse trainer, Larry Trocha

Training horses professionally since 1980, Larry Trocha lives in Acampo, California where he trains and shows horses for the public.

Larry also offers instruction to riders who want to learn reining, cutting or reined cow horse.

Larry is a long-standing member of the NCHA (membership #518) and the AQHA (membership #1187036).

You can contact Larry via his website:

Larry Trocha Training Stable is located at the Sliding J Ranch, 40 min. south of Sacramento:
24846 N Tully Road
Acampo, CA 95220
Phone: 209-642-2804


  1. Darla connolly says

    Hello. Is there anyway I can get this on DVD. I just purchased the other series – Groom saddle and ride. But my internet connection sucks and I have a lot of lagging and waiting happening :(
    I would prefer a dvd.
    Please let me know and I will buy it. thanks.

    • says

      Hi Darla,
      Yes, this colt start video IS available on DVD.
      Click the “Horse Training DVDs” link in the menu at the top of the page.

      Also, if your internet connection is bad, use your smart phone to watch the online streaming videos.

      The videos load super fast on just about all smart phones.

  2. Shannon says

    Hi Mr. Trocha!

    I am waiting for payday to get here, so I can purchase a video or 2 from you, and join the ‘cult’ haha!
    I have a question about flexion. Have you ever tied a horses head to its tail, or to the saddle, to encourage lateral flexing?
    My 4 yr old short necked horse is VERY strong when I try to pull his head to the side whenever I run into any issues where I need to circle him (such as spooking). I try to ‘tenderize’ his ribcage as I pull his head to the side, but sometimes he gets away from me a bit. This can become dangerous and is rewarding his fight!! He tends to ignore cues and become stubborn sometimes. I realize this is respect issue and have been working him from the ground to get it. He is the lead horse in any situation or group I put him with, so its a big fight to gain his respect and keep it. If he gains an inch, he takes a mile.
    I know its my issue, but I want to correct this before I go any further in his training.
    He is great on the lunge line, and with me standing to his side and getting him to flex.
    If he has to fight with his own self, its much easier on me, and he can only win by giving in. He cannot be rewarded by my lack of strength. Just so you know, he is a 4 yr old Percheron x TB, 1270 pounds and a little over 16 hh. Hes a big boy hah! I ride him in a snaffle bit, and have started using the headsetter. I am purchasing the Billy Allen you have on your site here shortly, to use later on.
    Never do I think its the horse.. its always the fault of the rider. I am enjoying the learning process, and feel so much accomplishment after a great ride!
    When I started him, I think I tried to do too much, too fast. I didn’t make sure he understood everything 100% before moving on to the next thing.
    I have backed down, and am re-starting everything, from the ground up. Its a much SAFER and FUN ride, when you know your horse will respond right away to your clear cues, and respects your every move!

    Please respond, as I am starting to feel like I can’t do it anymore. I feel I have done so well with him to this point, and am feeling a bit frustrated.
    Also, I have 2 yearling Appaloosas waiting to be trained next year, that would appreciate your knowledge and teaching! I appreciate what you do for all of us that need the extra help and understanding! :)

    Thank you so much!

    • says

      If a horse wants to be stiff and refuses to supple up, I will definitely tie his head around (at a 45 degree angle) to the saddle. With a snaffle bit only.

      I’ll also ride him for several months with a German martingale until “giving to my hands” is totally accepted by the horse.

  3. Mineka Haines says

    Hello Larry a mates friend recommend me to watch your videos, and I have been really enjoying these. I was wondering will your dvds work in Australia on my dvd player?

    • says

      Yes, my DVDs will play in Australia.

      Be aware, if you want a DVD you need to go to the DVD menu.
      You are currently in the online video section of the site.

      Larry T

  4. hannah says

    Hi Larry, i have a 7 year old horse and he has to have shoes on and one day i rode him with out shoes and he strated rearing up with me im only 13 and my mom and dad are scaryed that i well get hurt on him what can i dont to get him to stop rearing??

    • says

      Hi Hannah,
      You are a kid… the future of the horse industry… so I really want to help you.

      Unfortunately, at your current understanding of horses and horse behavior, I simply can’t.

      You believe not having shoes is what caused your horse to start rearing with you.

      Nothing could be farther from the truth.

      Your horse is rearing because he either does not respect you and feels he can get his own way… or he’s rearing because your are doing something to cause it, like hanging on his mouth with the reins too tight.

      If you want to get anywhere with your horsemanship, you need to start paying attention to reality.

      I don’t say this to hurt your feelings. I say this to wake you up.

  5. Jamie says

    I have a 14 year old Arabian mare who bucks when shes ridden. If you warm her up (lunge her ) before riding she doesnt always buck. But recently even after lunging her when I asked for a trot she bucked. Is there any way to fix this problem? Her preivous owner had the problem as well

  6. Jennifer Thompson says

    I plan on purchasing you colt starting video however my question is: Do you have the information on this video on how to properly select the right Bosal or do I need to purchase one of your other videos that explain this?
    Thanks so much and hope to one day come down to CA and take some lessons!

    • says

      Hi Jennifer,
      Yes, I do explain about the hackamore but the absolute BEST explanation about selecting a hackamore will be found in my “Hackamore Training” video.

      Larry T

      • Jennifer Thompson says

        Thank you so much! I have started watching the videos of this DVD set and love them.

        Could you state a company name that you would or have purchased a Hackmore from?

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