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"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.

Be Your Best Horsemanship Phil Haugen

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"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.

    Preventative Care & Deworming with Dr. Cara Wright from Merck Animal Health

    Preventative Care & Deworming with Dr. Cara Wright from Merck Animal Health

    On this episode, I am joined by Dr. Cara Wright, DVM, MS, IVCA with Merck Animal Health to discuss best practices for preventative health, deworming and biosecurity, creating an optimal training environment for our horses.

    Dr. Wright has focused her career on the needs of the equine athlete, integrating modalities such as chiropractic and rehabilitation to keep horses working and feeling their best. While living overseas, she ran a successful equine veterinary relief practice, which allowed her to work in various practice settings in the United States and Australia. Join us as she shares her insights on how to keep horses feeling and performing their best with these simple horse health habits.

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    • 41 min
    Bit Selection 101

    Bit Selection 101

    In this episode, I'm addressing one of the most frequently asked questions at my clinics: "What bit do you use?"

    Join me as I break down my bit selection process and how to better understand the role that your bit plays in communicating with your horse.

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    • 36 min
    How to Work Smarter When You Can't Work Any Harder

    How to Work Smarter When You Can't Work Any Harder

    This episode is inspired by a comment from one of our listeners on a recent post we made about the power of having a vision:

    "I remember hearing you say on one of your podcasts that a visiting friend or relative had made a comment that you seemed so happy and content. You said it was because you were now working half as hard and getting twice the amount of work done. But, I know it wasn’t always like that. So, how do I get there? I can’t possibly work any harder than I currently am, getting up at 3 in the morning, getting my chores done, paperwork done, plan for the day mapped out, riding 6-10 horses a day, many of them colts who still require a lot of ground work, thinking it will somehow “work out” if I just keep working hard and want it bad enough. And I’m happy to do it! I love this life! But, I seriously don’t see how a trainer ever gets ahead. If I hire a couple kids to help with chores, sure, it gives me more time to focus on the training, but it eats up any profit margin I had. So, I just work harder and do it all myself. Buy the best quality alfalfa I can find and feed myself Ramen noodles for supper. I don’t mind the sacrifices...giving friends and family their “deal” because I want to be kind, but dang, those are actually the last people who should be asking for a “deal!” My best mare always gets the last, exhausted, beat up piece of me at the end of a long hot, 16 hour day. That genuinely makes me sad. She deserves better. And, so do I. But, I don’t know how to make it better. I don’t even know what my vision is. I thought it was “you’ll know it when you see it,” but it’s not that easy I guess. What’s all the stuff in between?"

    Tune in as I share my insights and experiences from being in the exact same place in my training career and the steps I took to overcome my season of overwhelm and overworking.

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    • 36 min
    Finding & Refining Your Niche in the Training Business

    Finding & Refining Your Niche in the Training Business

    As I work with more and more trainers across the country, business strategy continues to be one of the most prominent topics of discussion for new and emerging trainers. Join me for this episode as I share some insights on the process of finding your niche and how refining your area of expertise can be a powerful transformation in the training business.

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    • 38 min
    Regaining Rider Confidence After an Injury

    Regaining Rider Confidence After an Injury

    This episode is inspired by a question from one of our listeners:

    "I would love a podcast on how a rider can regain their confidence after an injury. My gelding spooked and bucked me off while riding in an arena with friends. I broke my pelvis. Although I am back to riding, I’m still scared to canter him in an arena. Thanks in advance!"

    Join me as I share some advice on this topic and my phased approach to building confidence in horse and rider after an injury.

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    • 35 min
    Tips for Overcoming Performance Anxiety

    Tips for Overcoming Performance Anxiety

    This week's episode is a continuation of our series inspired by the Leonardo da Vinci quote: "Success lies in the relentless execution of the basics." Join me as I share some insights on how this principle applies to performance anxiety.

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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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30 Ratings

30 Ratings

1Podcasts ,

I love this podcast

What a great point of view on so many interesting and important topics! These training podcasts have had a tremendous effect on my horsemanship, since I live too far away to attend any of the in person clinics. These truly have helped me become a better rider overall. Thank you Phil!

Jingleso ,

Tremendously Grateful

Thank you so much Phil for sharing this with great and encouraging Podcast! The growth I can see in my life and with my horses in the last month has been so incredibly encouraging to see my growth and how my horses are improving because the experiences and advice you share with us through this podcast.

Thank you so incredibly much for putting this Podcast together!!

StephBoles ,

Life Lessons

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.

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