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Tao of Horsemanship

The Way to All Things Possible with Horses

2,500 years ago, Taoists were training horses in a natural way and encouraged simplicity in working with the intrinsic nature of the horse.

They believed that when we impose our will on the horse and without consideration for what is inherently best, we will damage its intrinsic character, its authenticity, its spirit.

​Welcome to the Tao of Horsemanship. A way of Being and working with the horse’s nature, needs and language.

 

The Tao of Horsemanship’s method to training people and developing horses is deeply rooted in the Taoist philosophy of simplicity, patience, compassion, and harmony.

The method is unparallel in its holistic approach and training system, teaching riders how to develop the relationship and ride of their dreams with horses so they can be one and ride as one – in heart connection, thought and movement.

It’s founder, Caroline Beste, not only brings a lifetime of study, practice and experience restoring and developing thousands of horses, she incorporates the following universal and proven practices into her methodology: Taoism, Tai Chi, classical training, and emerging science.

 

When combined, these modalities teach horse owners how to develop horses naturally, mindfully, consensually, and stress-free from the inside out, ground to riding, start to finish, rehab to recovery, novice to grand prix.
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Taoist Philosophy
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Taoist Philosophy

Awaken. Transform. Empower. 

Five hundred years before the birth of Jesus, a God-realized being named Lao-tzu in ancient China dictated 81 verses, which are regarded by many as the ultimate commentary on the nature of our existence. 

 
The classic text of these 81 verses, called the Tao Te Ching or the Great Way, offers advice and guidance that is balanced, moral, spiritual, and always concerned with working for the good.
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Tao Training System

Training for the Whole Horse & Rider

Caroline has taught thousands of students how to achieve the relationship and ride of their dreams with their horse using her proven and universal training system, Mastery Relationship, Ground and Riding Foundation Program.

The Tao of Horsemanship training system is designed to teach you how to develop you and your horse together as one in heart-coherence, thought and movement.

 

This is achieved through a proven method and a comprehensive, step-by-step curriculum personally designed by Caroline, and her school masters. A training system that develops you and your horse together from the inside out, ground to riding, start to finish, rehab to recovery, beginner to pro, as far as you want to go!

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Science & Spirituality

The Way to Be and Work with Horses

There is nothing more magical or spiritually fulfilling for me than teaching my students how to ride as one with their horse – bitless, bridle less and bareback.

 

Their horse’s desire to be and work with them, grant them permission to ride and keep them safe is made possible through a deep and mutually fulfilling relationship that’s based on love, trust, respect, and consent.

 

Science and spirituality teach us how to help a horse regulate so they are open, trusting and confident learners. This process involves movement and energy which naturally regulates, relaxes, the horse's nervous system.

 

Learning how to help a horse regulate is imperative to helping a horse learn easily. When we engage and work with horses through relaxation, we are able to meet them where they need to be met so they feel safe, connected and confident. 

Caroline Riding With Three of Her Horses
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Spirituality of Horsemanship

Path to Conscious Horsemanship

Spirituality helps us to heal our consciousness through self-development. It provides the tools and techniques for the process of reflection used to empower individuals to honestly review and learn from their own experiences. 

This is about learning from self and having the courage to own what we feel and create.

Horses are masters at living authentically, intuitively and through heart intelligence. We can learn so much from them when we engage with them and in a way that allows their natural wisdom to guide us and show us our way.

 

Would you like to learn how to develop a more spiritual life and create spirituality in your horsemanship?
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Attunement & Intuition
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Caroline and Her Horse Smokey

Caroline Beste

Founder, Teacher & Experiential Guide

Caroline Beste is an International Clinician, Equine Relationship Specialist, Working Equitation Instructor, and Rehab and Riding Foundation Master. 

Caroline is globally recognized for her holistic, science-based and classical training for the whole horse and rider.

 

For over two decades, she has brought her highly successful methods to thousands of horses and people from varying disciplines and backgrounds, helping them develop the relationship and ride of their dreams with horses.

What makes Caroline’s method so successful is her infusion of holism, classical training, and evidence-based practices.

Caroline Beste
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Meet the Herd

The Teachers

Legend’s Legacy

I'll remember that moment the rest of my life. If you never believed in reincarnation, you would after you witnessed what me, my mom and dad witnessed together the day Legend took Brandy’s last breath.

 

Click here for Brandy’s story.

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Meet the Herd
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Student Success Stories

When Experience Exceeds Expectations

“When the student is ready the teacher will appear.”

Teachers appear in many forms. They can be people, animals, experiences, situations, circumstances, and subtle moments.

 

Click here to read about the magic Caroline’s students have experienced, and achieved, during their learning journey with their horses.
Student Stories
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