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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Peek in Our Paks – Kristen L.

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“My journey with horses started when I was 9 years old. My grandma gave me a lesson for Christmas and as they say, the rest is history! I started in the hunter/jumper ring and then transitioned into the eventing world…”

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Two Sides of the Same Coin

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Healthy digestion fuels your horse’s performance. If you can’t make heads or tails of gastric and digestive supplements, and just thinking about them gives you an ulcer, we can help!

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Posted in Health & Nutrition, SmartPak Features

Meet Claire and Grace Kelly (“Gracie”)

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“My mare, Grace Kelly, and I have had many years of competing successfully in Jumpers and Eventing. Last September, I found out that Gracie had a softball size bladder stone that required surgery to remove. A few days later she was kicked in the field and broke her hind splint bone in two places, requiring further surgery. After her long recovery time, I started Gracie back to work…”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Non-heating Horse Feeds

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“I have an 8 year old Paint gelding who is boarded and is receiving one scoop of sweet feed and grass hay. He is ridden 3-5 times/week and given a moderate workout each time. We trail ride in the summer…”

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Bits + Pieces

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You probably know the difference between a full cheek and a D-ring, but what about an Uxeter Kimberwicke? We’ve explained a few unusual options and a bit about leverage (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves!).

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Meet Eileen and Monte

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“Monte used to have a lot of trouble holding his shoes. The farrier called his feet “shelly”, as they cracked around the nail holes and constantly chipped. I hadn’t had him long at the time and I was concerned about keeping him shod and sound…”

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Posted in Our Stars, Success Stories

In the Tack with the Pak – Sara and Diem

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As riders, we know there’s a special connection between us and our horses that’s hard to put into words, but this bond is so strong that even non-riders can sense it. In an effort to better understand this relationship, our staff Photographer, Kristi (one of the few non-riders at SmartPak), will be visiting a different SmartPaker’s barn each month to watch them interact with their horses and learn more about their story as a pair. She will document her experiences in this monthly blog series along with some of her photography, because we all know that a connection so special is hard to describe simply in words. This month, Kristi headed out to Valinor Farms with Sara from our Creative team to meet Sara’s horse, Diem.

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Dog and Pony Show – Is Your Pup Prepared?

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Your tack is gleaming, the hay bags are hung in the trailer, your boots are spit-polished and your horse stands beautifully braided. As you load up to go, your dog is sticking to you like glue, catching your eye with that familiar questioning look: “Can I go too? Can I? Can I? Can I?”…

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Feeding to Prevent Ulcers

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My stallion has ulcers every couple of years. What would be a good diet for him? At present he gets good quality alfalfa / grass hay with about one pound of 12% sweet feed daily at 6:30 am and 3:30 pm. All the fresh water he can drink. – Glen

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Judge My Ride Premium Evaluation – Richie Costello and Juno

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This horse would like to be a good mover and I think with a few simple fixes would improve dramatically. Juno lacks engagement from behind. You can see that her right hind foot only reaches even with 1/2 way up the belly. When engaged, that foot will just about reach a point even with the girth. Even so, she still reaches forward pretty well with her shoulder. This tells me when engaged she will have a good trot!

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Understanding Equine Muscle Disorders

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Enjoy our free Webinar: Understanding Equine Muscle Disorders, hosted by Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s Medical Director/Staff Veterinarian and Jessica Normand, Director of Supplement Marketing. Learn how nutrition, supplements, exercise and other management practices can help with Tying Up, PSSM and HYPP in horses.

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Meet Tawn and Zula

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“Zula is a superb pony who has struggled with breathing issues for the past couple of years. Even though she is only 13 years old, I had to consider an early retirement due to the severity of her respiratory troubles…”

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Joint Deterioration in the Older Horse

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“I have a 19 year old thoroughbred gelding. He is 17.3 and has just been diagnosed with arthritis and fairly severe joint deterioration. I have had a hard time finding information on the best way to treat him. I would like to keep riding him if that’s possible. I do dressage with him. How would you suggest treating him? I want to keep him out of pain as much as possible. I also am on a fairly tight budget which makes treatment even harder.” – HG

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Mitchell’s Awesome Weekend

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We don’t know about you, but in our opinion, one of the best parts of being a rider is getting to introduce your non-rider friends and family to the horse world. Whether it’s watching your larger-than-life dad get nervous around your first horse, or seeing your younger cousin’s face light up the first time she pats a pony’s muzzle, there’s something wonderful about spreading the love…

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Kick your equestrian style up a notch (or what not to wear for a lesson)

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Like most equestrians, I put my horse’s needs first. It’s only the best for my OTTB, Carpe Diem (Diem for short). He doesn’t go a day without supplements, he gets $18 shampoo just to keep his socks sparkling, and he gets new shoes every seven weeks! Meanwhile, I’m three months overdue for a hair cut, and I’m crossing my fingers that I can get another few hundred miles out of my running sneakers…

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