Hackamore Training – Online

How To Train Your Horse Using A Braided Hackamore (Bosal) & An O-Ring Snaffle Bit

How to get “finger-tip light” stops, spins & lead departures

Have you ever wanted to train a horse to be so light that he responded to the slightest movement of your hand?

A horse so responsive that a simple touch of the rein would cause the horse to slide to a stop or rollback or spin?

If so, this instruction may be exactly what you’re looking for.

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

When done the right way, a horse that’s been trained in the hackamore (bosal) will be one of the lightest, most responsive horses you’ll ever ride.

That’s because, when using a hackamore, you really can’t force a horse to perform. He must be taught.

Collection with the hackamore

Teaching collection, form and style with the hackamore

Harsh tactics you can get away with when using a bit, just won’t work with a hackamore.

Because of this, hackamore training usually produces a horse that is more confident, supple, light and responsive.

In this series of online videos, I demonstrate techniques to produce a well trained performance horse.

Special emphasis is given to teaching the hackamore horse lightness, suppleness, sliding stops, rollbacks, spins, lead departures and good head position.

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

How to tell the difference between a good hackamore and a bad hackamore. (It’s very important to use only a good one)

What size hackamore you need and how to adjust it correctly to get good results. (There is more than one adjustment… each one critical)

How to tie the macate (hair rope reins) to the hackamore. (There’s more than one way but I’ll show you the most important factors)

How to use your hands and legs to get your horse light and responding to the hackamore.

How to teach your horse to flex at the poll and drop his nose off the hackamore.

How to teach your horse to move off rein and leg pressure.

The importance of correct body position when loping circles… and how to get it.

How to teach your horse to stop with just a light touch of the rein. (I’m not exaggerating here. I’m talking about a touch, a slack and then a slide)

How to teach your horse to give his head, get supple, lighten up and really respond to the hackamore.

The #1 mistake horses make when learning to spin. (It’s not what you might expect)

You’ll learn all this and more.

The important thing to realize about this instruction, is that it gives you an alternative training technique.

If you’ve been having problems teaching your horse to be light and responsive, maybe it’s time to change things up.

The hackamore just might be the ticket.

Sliding stop with the hackamore

2-year old filly sliding to a stop in the hackamore

A note for serious horsemen only:
When I first came to California in the mid 1970’s, the most beautiful stops I’d ever seen in my life were performed by horses that were trained in the hackamore.

If you are dead serious about getting good at this, I strongly recommend you read the book “Hackamore Reinsman” by Ed Connell.

This 94 page book was written back in the 1940’s. It’s strictly a manual of instruction so it’s pretty tedious to read. There are no pretty photographs to look at, no humorous stories and no mention of glory in the show arena.

However, there is PROFOUND knowledge hidden in it’s pages.

If you’ll read it at least 10 times (I read it 30), you’ll gain an understanding of hackamore training few people have.

Combine what you learn in this video series along with the Hackamore Reinsman book and you’ll know how to train superior, well-reined horses.

The book is available through tack stores but I think it best to purchase it directly from Ed Connell’s daughter, Leslee.

Spinning with the hackamore

2-year old filly learning to spin with the hackamore

On her website are a bunch of old photos of Ed Connell mounted on hackamore horses on the ranch back in the 1930’s. Very interesting stories about her dad and how he wrote the book too.

Here’s the link to Leslee’s website: http://hackamore-reinsman.com

Be aware, there are lots of hackamores and macates on the market that are NOT any good. Don’t buy a hackamore until you watch the first several videos in this series. Otherwise you’re liable to buy a hackamore that won’t work.

Snaffle bit fix… how use the snaffle bit to fix problems and enhance the the results of the hackamore training.

Occasionally, it’s a good idea to ride a hackamore horse in the snaffle bit… especially if the horse has some problems.

In this bonus section, I demonstrate how and when to use the snaffle bit to get good results.

You’ll see an extremely effective way to use the snaffle to improve the horse’s stop, spin, lead departures and more.

This section alone is a horse training clinic all by itself.

Valuable Bonus Videos… How to fix mistakes 99% of riders make but aren’t even aware of.

As a special bonus, I’ve included in this course, some very unique and valuable training videos.

Some of my members sent in a video of themselves schooling their horse. In the videos, they attempt to get the horses to STOP, SPIN, CHANGE LEADS and LOPE SLOW.

They asked for my help so I did a voice-over of the videos… and using “stop action” and “freeze frame”, I pointed out all the mistakes and what needs to be done to fix them.

I explained EXACTLY how to improve their stops, spins, lead changes and loping speed. I believe you’ll find the bonus videos contain some of the most valuable instruction you’ve ever seen.

Below is what one of my members had to say after watching the bonus videos.

Tammi Tognetti says:

This was awesome!!! It helps so much to see another rider make the same “mistakes” that I do (most of the time without even realizing I am doing it).

I had so many “aahh haa” moments watching this. Heading out to the arena now!!!

Thank you to the riders for submitting the videos. By doing so it will help so many of us.

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 knows this special information).

computer-monitorFor a LIMITED TIME, the course is being offered at a ridiculously low introductory price of only $47.

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.

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I guarantee you’ll find the solution you’re looking for in this online training course. If not, simply send me an email and I’ll guide you to it.

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

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Hackamore (Bosal) & Snaffle Bit Training – Online Streaming Videos
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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: www.HorseTrainingVideos.com

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. Paige says

    Hi Larry,
    I have several of your training videos and they have been worth the cost many times over. The one question I have is whether I should use a german martingale or a head setter to teach my mare to keep her head in position. She will work off my hands but it seems like I am constantly correcting her. Which of these aids would work best? Can they be used together? As sometimes she will flex at the pole but raise her head at the same time.

    • says

      Hi Paige,
      Depends on the horse and the bit you are using.
      German Martingale for a ring snaffle.
      HeadSetter for a curb bit.
      Be sure to watch the free videos on how to use them.

  2. Jim Dawson says


    I use a German Martingale (upon your recommendation) with a smooth black copper D-ring snaffle. I also use a good well-made Hackamore. I have Ed Connel’s book, and I have your foundation series DVDs.

    I have one horse, a mustang that I broke myself and I’m trying to use your methods to put a polish on him.

    I’m going to buy your Hackamore training online in a couple of days, and I’m going to get your performance horse series…. I guess I should just buy the entire package and then I’ll get all of them….

    Anyway, he does well when I ride him alone, but when I get him around other horses, say on the trails, he gets head strong, wants be in the lead, and whether he’s in the snaffle or hackamore, sometimes he will not stop unless I circle him.

    I need to put a stop on him NOW.

    I always start with light/soft hands, and only ad force when necessary, and most times he’s soft, but at other times he acts like he’s got a steel mouth and he won’t stop without circling.

    What do you suggest?


    • says

      Hi Jim,
      When a horse get’s headstrong, I usually double him every two or three strides and keep doubling until he decides to listen and lightly respond.

      In your case you need to initially go on trail rides where you have enough room to do it.

      If you are consistent with your correction, your horse will eventually come to understand you won’t tolerate that behavior and will give it up.

      Larry T

      • Beth May says

        this is a good point… I have been there and would jus add you should make sure the other riders understand what you are doing and that they are willing alter their speed if needed….if a horse thinks he is being left behind they can get quite scared (especially if he is young)…and may not be headstrong at all!

  3. says

    Hi Debra,
    You can watch the videos as much as you want… any time you want online.

    The video file itself is not designed to be permanently downloaded onto your hard drive.

    Larry T.

  4. Cathy Numrich says

    Dear Larry,
    I have a 5 year old stubborn and lazy arabian gelding.Higher tolerance to pain than any arabian I’ve ever dealt with.I am an a self taught trainer training only my own horses.I’ve trained 10 horses.I’ve learned more with each one.This one I’m stubbed.At home is good.I get a quarter mile away and he runs home.I can’t stop him or turn him or anything.I find him scary to ride away from home.I want to keep him cause he’s the smoothest horse I’ve ever owned.He’s good about everything else except going into a canter even in the round pen.I use a tom thumb on him too strong for a snaffle.In the begininng I trained him with a snaffle.I don’t know what to do.Can you help me?
    Cathy Numrich

  5. rebecca johnstone says

    We have Arabians, and I am very interested in starting this next baby with a bosal. I have been searching for info on how to do this. So glad to see you are offerrng this program. I have used your dvd’s before with great success. Will you be offering any bosals in your line of tack? Will you also have hangers and the knots which I can’t pronounce or spell. Also does this series show how to shape the bosal ?

    • says

      Hi Rebecca,
      I’m not sure I’ll be carry any but I’m always happy to direct you where you can get a good one.

      You gotta be careful though.

      Hackamores vary greatly in shape, length and diameter and most retailers don’t know what to look for in a good hackamore.

      Larry T.

  6. Paige says

    Larry, thank you so much for creating these videos. My mare came to me three years ago as a 5 year old with her mouth torn to shreads. She actually has scar tissue on the bars of her mouth. If you bit her up in even light snaffles she loses her mind. Rearing even if you don’t touch the reigns, figity, panicky, an off balance. Luckily my trainer spent 20 years in souther California on the Don ranches learning from the old time vaqueros left. She immediately gave me a copy of The Hackamore Reignsman and took me to buy a bosal from an old rawhide master friend of hers. Best money I ever spent. My mare went from a “Man Killer” to a well known and respected ranch sorting, reigning, working cow, and even rodeo horse in my area. We even dabble in western performance at open shows and she is hard to beat. I can not speak highly enough of proper Hackamore training or lowly enough of improper Hackamore training. I’m so glad to see a well known commercial trainer create a good video. There will be many more happy horses in the world now.
    – may you always ride a good horse.

  7. Angie says

    I have been using the hackamore on my horse. She has been better behaved since I started. I think it is because of the hackamore. What do you think, Larry?


    • Paige says

      Granted I’m not Larry but most horses prefer a bosal. It’s so easy for even the best riders to accidentally bump a horses mouth and with a bosal you are not even in their mouth. So yes most Likly your horse is behaving better because he feels better.

  8. rod says

    not a question on this but maybe you can help, have a horse that kick out from time to time , mostly when have to kick to catch a calf is there cures and what causes it thanks

  9. Robin Murray says

    Hi Larry, do you thinks it’s possible to ride an off the track thorobred in a bosal…my guys are in snaffles and will pull a little bit when excited at the lope…I would like to get them lighter in the mouth…it looks so great to see a horse working in a bosal.

    • says

      Hi Robin,
      A lot depends on the individual horse. On some horses, off the track this would work great. On others, it may not work so great.

      Larry T.

  10. Patty Brown says

    Larry, thank God you have this available. I have been shown by a great trainer/colt starter Stuart Rybak in Pa. who is a partner of Craig Cameron’s. The use of the hackmore is most impressing and I still, after 5 yrs with my QH Grullo, switch to it to lighten him up and review skills. He is lighter than ever and keeps improving with the hackmore use. Thank you for offering this to riders.

  11. caroline says

    You are spooky reading my mind! I spent a lot of this past weekend reading about bosals/hackamore training. I never found what I felt like was the whole package. I am riding two green broke horses. They are soft with a snaffle but I want to stretch myself and them with a hackamore . Now I feel confident starting that process. Thanks again for the wonderful information and honesty you share.

  12. Vickie Haldorson says


    For years I’ve wanted to ride my horse with a hackamore (bosal), but really can’t find someone to show or tell me how to measure it for my horse? Can you give me a website or tell me how to measure it so I can get the right hackamore (bosal) for my horse.

    Thank you,
    Vickie H.

    • says

      All of that is covered in the Hackamore Training Video.
      You won’t be disappointed.

      BTW, there is a lot more to a good hackamore than simply its size.

      Larry T.

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