"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.
Making the Most of Your Time When Training
Horsemanship is a continual learning process. It’s a process that takes a significant amount of time and patience. Luckily, the level of access we have to information allows us to connect with one another, learn, and grow at a faster rate than ever before. However, the downside of this is that we have gotten into a habit of expecting instant gratification. In horse training, the desire for instant gratification can be detrimental to our long-term progress and success as trainers. We often want a “quick fix” to whatever challenge we’re experiencing today, but in this business, a quick fix now usually leads to even bigger challenges later. On this episode, I’m sharing my philosophies for maximizing your time while keeping a patient, yet progressive, mindset as a trainer.
Learn more about the training methods discussed in this episode at philhaugenhorsemanship.com/courses.
The Cowboy Mentality
The western industry is built upon the cowboy mentality -- that commitment, grit and never-give-up attitude that so many of us seem to live by. As you begin setting your goals for the coming year, I challenge you to fully embrace the cowboy mentality. Approach each of your goals with that same level of commitment, grit and never-give-up attitude. Be fully committed to bettering yourself.
Read the full show notes at philhaugenhorsemanship.com/podcast
Why You Should Be Softening Your Horse's Ribcage
For many years in my training career, I only focused on training the parts of the horse’s body that I could see. I focused on creating softness in their face, neck, and shoulders, but I never worked on controlling anything behind the saddle horn. Over the years, I have learned that there are five main parts of a horse’s body that are all interconnected: head, neck, shoulders, ribcage, and hindquarters.
Each of these body parts work with one another to create proper, fluid movements throughout the horse’s body. If one of these five areas becomes stiff or hard to control, that is usually an indication that I do not have proper control of one or more of the other areas.
In this episode, I'm sharing my methods for creating softness in your horse's ribcage and why this exercise is so important for performance events, such as barrel racing and roping.
To learn more about the exercises discussed in the episode, enroll in my Foundation to Finish course.
The Value of Your Horse's Confidence
As trainers, we cannot underestimate the value of a horse’s confidence. Each time I swing my leg over my horse's back, my primary goal is the level of confidence my horse has at the end of that training session. Even if the exercises we do feel boring to me, I have to remind myself that it’s not about me. It’s about my horse. The progression of our training that day isn’t about what I wanted to get done that day. It is about what my horse needed from me that day.
On this episode, I’m sharing some training philosophies that will help you continually build your horse’s confidence and progress consistently with each ride. Read the full show notes at philhaugenhorsemanship.com/podcast.
Staying Faithful in the Process
In the horse training business, there are ample opportunities throughout the day to get frustrated and throw in the towel. There are times when you’ll be tempted to quit and take an easier path. There are situations where you may stop short of success because you’re afraid of failing. But if you remain faithful in the process, you will never truly fail.
On this episode, I’m sharing a few philosophies that have helped me stay faithful in the process and continue pushing forward in my training career. Read the full show notes at philhaugenhorsemanship.com/podcast.
Effort, Courage and Confidence
How many good things have you missed out on because you didn’t have the courage to move forward?
As human beings, our brains are wired to avoid situations where we feel challenged or uncomfortable. If we allow these tendencies to control our actions, we allow fear to paralyze us from moving forward. If we do this, we will never see the blessings and victories that are on the other side of fear.
In this episode, I’m sharing a few daily practices to help you develop a mindset of courage so you can push past your fears and step into your full potential.
Read the full show notes at philhaugenhorsemanship.com/podcast.
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I'm not sure if I listen for the horsemanship or the human psychology more.
I am a 53 year old woman and haven't owned a horse in 25 years until last week when I was gifted two 10'ish year old mares that I know nothing about. I am a bit frightened, intimidated and out of practice so I searched out a horsemanship podcast for a bit of a refresher course. I stumbled upon Be Your Best Horsemanship and knew immediately it was a good fit for me. I needed the pep talk to remind me that I just have to try. I may make some mistakes along the way but I will grow both personally and in my training skills.
I have decided that Phil Haugen is the new Dr. Phil. At least he is in my book. Thanks Phil for everything that you do. You are helping me back into a part of my life that feeds my soul and I haven't had that for many years.
Worth the listen!
Phil is so relatable and has such a great way of talking about things in an understandable way. Every episode he gives me confidence and shares something to progress both the physical and mental side of training!
Love the podcast and look forward to listening to them each week. They are all so good it is hard to choose just one. But if I were to pick one I really like Creating Muscle Memory with Feel Timing and Balance. There are so many aspects to training horses that can relate to everyday life.