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Monthly Archives: April 2011

2011 Rolex Day 1 Recap

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With the first day of action completed at the 2011 Rolex Three Day Event, we’d be remiss if we didn’t take the opportunity to share the highlights from the first day. Whether you’re a rider, SmartPak employee or eventing fan, it was a long and very full day…

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Arrive Safely and In Style

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Handle with Care This plush, hand- rubbed sheepskin Shipping Halter will keep your horse feeling good and looking great when you’re on the road. The double-stitched 1″ leather halter is made by skilled Amish craftsmen, so you know it’s built

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How to Measure for Tall Boots

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    What You’ll Need • a cloth tape measure • a chair • your regular breeches and socks • a friend to measure you Measuring Calf • Put on the breeches and socks you normally wear with tall boots.

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Smarter Solutions: Hoof Health

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Ever feel like you spend more time searching the field for yet another lost shoe than you do in the saddle? (Seriously, what does he do, bury them? How could it be gone?!)

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Meet Jess and Jimmy Choo

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My horse, Jimmy Choo, had surgery as part of the treatment plan for the OCD that had developed in his fetlocks.

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Recommendations When Planning a Trip to the Kentucky Reining Cup

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THANK SmartPak for this amazing opportunity and allowing me to share it with everyone. THANK my husband and my friend Jamey’s husband for both stepping down from other planned activities so that Jamey and I can go on this trip together. TRY to remain patient when non-horse people ask if you are bringing your horse with you to compete in Kentucky. (sorry Lucky, I love you but we are not ready for Open FEI reining)…

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Benefits of Fat for the Endurance Horse

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I have a 14 yo anglo-arab mare. She is a distance horse competing in Competitive Trail Rides — usually 30-mile rides. I would like to make sure she is getting enough fat in her diet and would like to know if I need to give her glycogen supplements? She is 15.3 and 1100 lbs. I feed her 2 lbs of beet pulp, 1/4 c of apple cider vinegar with 30ml of flaxseed oil, electrolytes and 1 cup of rice bran (all wetted down with water) twice a day…

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From Wild to Mild

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For most riders, if you’re not riding, you’re thinking about riding. But when you’re counting the weeks until summer or the hours until 5 o’clock, you’re not dreaming about spooking horses or missing shoes. Fortunately, there are supplements that can help you make the most of your time in the barn.

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Don’t Leave Home Without It

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Traveling can be tough on your horse, but if you provide support in these four areas, you can take your horse from simply surviving to truly thriving when you’re on the road.

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The Day I Found Out

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The cell phone rings again- third time this afternoon. Sighing, I hit “dismiss call” and went turned back to my computer.

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Meet Nancy and Jiffy

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Jiffy will turn 30 in 2011. I’ve owned him since birth, and he’s always been an easy keeper, but last winter was particularly difficult for him. He lost a lot of weight even though his feed hadn’t changed…

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Peek in Our Paks – Ashley

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Ever wish you could take a sneak peek inside our horses’ SmartPaks? Now you can! Check out the supplements we love, for the horses we adore…

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Meet Deborah, Melinda and Jack

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About a year and a half ago, Jack started having some pretty serious soundness issues resulting from a variety of problems that all centered around his feet. It had gotten to the point where he was so uncomfortable, he was having a hard time getting around in the field.

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Is It Possible to Over Supplement?

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“Is it possible to over supplement your horse? I only give my horses a little Omelene 100 as more of a treat. I have never had my hay analyzed either but both my vet and farrier say they are healthy with body scores of 6 & 7, one puts on weight easily…”

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Choosing the Right Joint Supplement for Your Senior Horse

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I’m trying to find a joint supplement for a senior horse. Most have similar ingredients but it seems you have to choose whether you want something with collagen, cetylated fatty acids, or hyaluronic acid.

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics

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