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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Stuff Riders Say, Episode 2


Episode 2 is chock full of fun new quotes from the riders here in the SmartPak office, as well as our 175,000+ Facebook fans. We hope you like it!

Posted in Funny, SmartPak Features, Videos

Picture This: Spring Catalog Photo Shoot, Part 1 


Photo shoots are one of the hardest and most rewarding parts of being on the Creative team. It takes weeks of organization, hours of on-site prep work, and a whole lot of luck to get just the right shots. But with our outstanding, enthusiastic photo shoot team, we’re able to pull it off in spades and still find time to enjoy some much-needed sunshine. Plus, we love getting to spend more time with the best four-legged models in the business.

Posted in SmartPak Features, Stories & Adventures

Tail Chewing in Youngsters


I have about 15 young horses (a mix of weanlings and yearlings) turned out together. They have a large turnout area, but there isn’t much grass, so we provide them with free choice hay from a hay bunker (an alfalfa/grass mix). They also receive fortified grain and have access to salt/mineral blocks. We’ve been breeding horses for many years, and for some reason over the past year we’ve started to have a problem with some of these young horses chewing each other’s tails off…

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Behavior, Misc. Topics

Judge My Ride Premium Evaluations – Julie Stewart Tucei


What a beautiful head carriage. To be honest, I would have liked to have seen the entire costume. I like how well you have him moving forward…that is a well established trot. Unless it is standard in these classes, you carry your hands flat….like you are playing the piano.

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Posted in Contests, Our Stars

Nephrosplenic Entrapment as a Cause of Colic


My gelding recently had a nephrosplenic entrapment. Treated successfully with rolling. What can be done to prevent this? Are there any early warning signs that I may have missed? How often does this recur? DG, Pennsylvania

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions

Safe Treats for a Horse with HYPP


What treats are 100% guaranteed safe for an HYPP horse? Thanks! SG Dear SG, Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee or promise that products will be safe for horses with certain health conditions like HYPP (Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis). Because diet is such

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions

Peek in Our Paks – Jessica N.


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

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Posted in Blogs, Gear Review, SmartPak Features

Meet Katherine and Strata


Strata and I compete at the highest level of AKC agility competition and spend many of our weekends traveling to trials across the northeast. Canine SmartPaks make life easier when feeding Strata away from home. Instead of packing baggies of supplements right before a trial, I just keep a couple of Canine SmartPaks in my travel bag. It’s one less thing for me to worry about!

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Posted in Our Stars, Success Stories

Turning Out: To Boot or Not to Boot?


Hey Dr. Gray…I have an eight year old Oldenburg who is going through a phase of wanting to cut up his legs in the pasture. They’re not bad, but I don’t want my horse going around with cuts up and down his legs. I’ve been wanting to get him turnout boots, but I wasn’t sure what kind. Any recommendations?…

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics

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