"Be Your Best" is hosted by professional horse trainer and clinician, Phil Haugen. Inspired by his “1% better everyday" training philosophy, Phil explains the methods, mindset, and performance tips that drive continuous learning and growth in horsemanship, as well as in life. Join us each week as Phil shares his experiences over the past 30 years in the horse training industry, discussing the methods that have helped him bridge the language barrier between horse and rider to enhance understanding and performance from foundation to finish.
What Happens When You Focus on Your 1%
Do you ever look at your to do list and feel overwhelmed? Do you ever feel like the distance between where you are and where you want to be is an impossible feat? As human beings, it's easy for us to get focused on the 99% that seems impossible instead of the 1% that we need to get started. On this episode, I'm sharing a story about the power of focusing on your 1% and how making a habit of just getting started can influence your life. Read the full show notes at philhaugenhorsemanship.com.
Developing Your Horse's Potential
I’m a big believer that there are always more opportunities to pursue, new heights to reach, and new ideas to consider. When I practice this mindset, I'm always striving to seek growth. I'm training my mind to avoid complacency, and to always be seeking things that make my best even better. On this episode, I'm sharing some of the ways my personal development journey has impacted my horsemanship journey and my ability to help my horses reach their full potential. Read the full show notes at philhaugenhorsemanship.com/podcast.
Balancing Your Horse’s Front and Hind End
Horses naturally have 60-70% of their weight distributed on their front end. In performance events, this natural stance becomes problematic. When a horse’s weight is heavily loaded on the front end, it is very difficult for the horse to perform the quick, athletic maneuvers we need. As a result, the horse will push against us and be resistant to the responses we are asking for. On this episode, I’m sharing my experiences in learning how to counteract a horse’s bilateral, front-end loaded tendencies so that both horse and rider can enjoy their job more. Read the full show notes at philhaugenhorsemanship.com/podcast.
Taking Advantage of a Preparation Season
Have you ever been in a season of life where you felt like you were waiting? Maybe you’re waiting for a colt to grow old enough to ride, or maybe you’re waiting to heal from an injury. Maybe you’re waiting for your work schedule to become more manageable so you have more time to spend with your horses. Maybe you’re waiting for your finances to become more stable so you can invest more into your horsemanship. Whatever it may be, I know that waiting can be tough. But, what if you saw this time not as a waiting period but as a period of preparation? On this episode, I'm discussing five areas that you can focus on to make the most of your season of preparation. Read the full show notes at philhaugenhorsemanship.com/podcast.
Pricing Your Services as a Trainer
As a professional trainer, it can be challenging to place a value on your time and expertise. Especially in this rapidly-evolving horse market, what is your time truly worth? On this episode, I’m breaking down my formula for managing my workload of customer horses and pricing my services so that I can deliver the best training experience for each horse. Read the full show notes at philhaugenhorsemanship.com/podcast.
How to Make the Desired Response Part of the Release
Do you have a horse that gets anxious in the corner of the box or in the alleyway? If so, this episode is for you. On this episode, I’m covering some tips for helping your horse relax and engage the thinking side of its brain in high pressure situations. Read the full show notes at philhaugenhorsemanship.com/podcast.
Love this podcast. Of course I’m a horse person so love the training tips and ideas but also love the normal Day Life Lessons and reminders.
Best horsemanship podcast!
So easy to listen to and to understand what he’s saying. Best podcast I’ve found so far to learn new things!
I love listening to this podcast and look forward to the new episodes every week! Phil has a great way of explaining his methods and packs each episode full of helpful information!