Melanie Smith-Taylor enjoying time with one of her young horses.

It is always shocking to me how many horse people get insulted by the term “Back to the Basics”.

The response is often: “I don’t need to learn

basic horse training

my horse just doesn’t like to do XYZ”.

When working with a Horsemanship Master, often times you will be brought back to basics to overcome a riding issue.

This is not to say that you have no skills, just that there was something missing in the basics that needs to be revisited to get the results you were asking for.

Most Masters of Horsemanship revisit the basics every day with their horses.

The interesting thing about that is 80% of Horsemanship Students shut down when told they need to go back to basics.

Going back to basics is not an insult to rider skills. It is where you and the horse can always improve together. (click to tweet!)


I am so excited to share with you the wisdom of  Melanie Smith-Taylor, arguably one of the best Horsewomen in the world, sharing her view of getting back to the basics during her clinic series, TaylorMade Horsemanship.

Do you need to re-focus on the basics? I challenge you this week to take a look at what basics could be improved upon with your horse and work on them!

Leave a comment below and share what basics you need to revisit, I am eager to hear what you need to focus on!

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