About the Tao of Horsemanship Methodology & Approach

If you are ready to start a new or young horse, re-start a traumatized or older horse or improve your horse care and horsemanship and want to use a holistic, positive, and proven method, Caroline’s teaching and training will show you how – every step of the way.

One of the many areas that sets Caroline’s teachings and trainings apart is her organic process of teaching, rehabilitating, and training. This is also referred to as “unconscious” learning. 

The benefits of this style of teaching and learning are huge and impact the way we process information which creates a higher level of learning performance in both horse and human.

Where most professionals use pressure, force and mechanics, to make things happen, Caroline uses strategies to engage the horse, so they feel safe enough to trust, start thinking and want to connect deeply.

The horse is never compromised, rushed, or forced during this process. Caroline’s compassionate way of teaching shows you how to understand what your horse needs, learn to work with them, instead of against, and most of all how to slow down, listen, tune in and connect.

Therefore, it’s organic. The process of learning, problem solving and developing (training) with your horse happens unconsciously, naturally, and with ease.

MasteryMembership Riding Foundation Training System

The Mastery Membership Riding Foundation Program is just that, a riding foundation program. That means it offers a complete training system, methodology and systematic approach to study, practice and refine. 

Caroline’s program is totally transformational for both horse and rider. It has been carefully designed to develop you and your horse holistically, from the inside out, ground to riding, start to finish, guiding you every step of the way so you and your horse can reach your fullest potential and consensual partnership. 

The program is deeply layered, comprehensive and progressive, offering layers of education, knowledge, and expertise. Caroline brings a lifetime of experience, study, and practice to each lesson, giving you a plethora of knowledge, strategy and understanding.

It is the largest, and only comprehensive horse-human developmental training program out there. The program covers every aspect of holism, creating the most solid, connected, and safe union between horse and human.

The curriculum consists of 12 courses, hundreds of step-by-step instructional video lessons, study guides and tutorials, weekly support, and a private Facebook community. 

The core training curriculum consists of 8 elements that are designed to create the relationship and ride of your dreams with your horse. Each area dives in deep providing you with a multi-faceted, multi-dimensional and multi-disciplinary approach.


These areas not only develop the most solid and safe ground and riding foundation in you and your horse, they create a horse and riding partnership that can become a solid level two dressage horse, bridle-less horse and bitless trail partner.

The following 8 pillars comprise the core training curriculum:


Mindfulness & Spirituality

Becoming attuned and connected to your horse through sensory awareness, intuition, and energy embodiment. This begins from the inside out and from within both you and your horse. You will learn how to become conscious equals on your journey to consensual partnership.

Understanding Horses

Learning the language of Equus - how to read, understand, connect, and communicate effectively with your horse. While you are learning your horse’s individual nature, and nurture during this process, you will learn how to motivate your horse through love and leadership – two qualities horses respect and need to feel safe, open and trusting.'

Liberty – Through Connection & Communication

Developing liberty with your horse in everything you do. Refining your skills, feel & timing through the power of joining in mind/intention, heart/relationship, and body/movement.

Groundwork & Shaping Behavior

Taking what you’ve learned thus far and applying it to the mechanics and technique, and developing good habits, mindfulness, and leadership through lead line and in-hand training.

Biomechanics & The Art of Lunging – Pilates for Your Horse
Training your eye, feel & timing while learning the biomechanics of correct movement. This is where you learn how to embody the movement and ride on the ground first. You will also be developing your horses’ athleticism through straightness training, self-carriage, strength, balance & collection.


These exercises are most important to achieving emotional agility in our horse and self-regulation – the ability to manage emotions, think vs react and stay focused and connected.

Arena Exercises & Patterns
Taking what you’ve learned thus far and applying it to your riding. You will now be learning specific exercises to develop the best and safest riding partner – bitless & bareback, while refining your horse’s movement, connection, and partnership. 

This area of riding is designed similarly to classical dressage training pyramid and when practiced correctly will develop a 2nd level dressage horse, bitless, and a rider who can ride the movement bareback, confident, and balanced.

When this area is solid, you will be able to ride bridle-less and trail ride bitless and bareback, alone and in groups.

Bridleless Riding - Optional

One of two areas of your horsemanship that tests your relationship, connection, and foundation. Bridleless riding is like liberty, and where the horse has freedom and free choice.


Trail Riding & Taking Off-site

The last area of your horsemanship that tests your relationship, connection, and foundation. You should be able to ride away from the barn, out alone and in a group and trailer to other destinations safely and with connection. You will need at least 90% of your horse connected to you in heart, mind and movement and before you begin this

Meet Your Instructor, Caroline Beste


Caroline Beste and her horses have been teaching students around the world an intuitive and holistic approach to rehabilitating and training horses called Tao of Horsemanship.

Caroline’s path to learning includes study with some of the best in her industry, including a wide variety of disciplines, but none have taught her as much as the horses she has worked with over the years. 

Her knowledge and skill are a result of a lifetime study of horse and human behavior combined with years of listening to, and working with, thousands of students and horses.

Tao of Horsemanship’s methodology is not only personally transformational for both horse and human, it is also a roadmap to helping you achieve the relationship and ride of your dreams with your horse.

Using a holistic, classical, and science-based approach to education and training, Caroline teaches horse owners how to understand, connect and develop their horses – from the inside out, from ground to riding, from start to finish.

Connecting with your horse this way creates fulfillment, enriches the experience, and most of all becomes mutually enjoyable between you and your horse. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

Through her company, Tao of Horsemanship, Caroline offers one of the largest and most comprehensive online educational platforms called the Tao of Horsemanship Academy. Her online training academy hosts a wide variety of courses produced and personally taught by Caroline. 

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