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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Keeping up with the SmartPakers: Weekend Update – December 28, 2012

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During the week, you know our life is no mystery: we are here working hard to make you happier and your horse healthier. But what do we do on the weekend, you ask? The mystery is finally revealed! Read about what SmartPakers did this past weekend and see if any of our adventures sound similar to yours…

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Behind the Scenes at Cavalia

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“As most horse owners, lovers and enthusiast have come to know, Cavalia is a magical encounter between humans and horse. Cavalia started in 2004, as the dream of former Cirque Du Soliel performer Normand Latourelle. After leaving Cirque Du Soliel, Latourelle created Québéc’s historical pageant titled Les Légendes Fantastiques…”

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Hay Shortage – What Options Are There?

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“I hear there is going to be a severe hay shortage this winter because of the droughts and floods and I’m very worried that my horse will run out of food. Is there something else I can feed him or do you have a supplement that can replace hay?

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For Your Sk(information)

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Clearly, healthy skin is vital to a healthy horse—but how do you know if your horse’s skin is in good shape? Your horse’s coat can serve as a report card for his skin health. A soft, shiny coat is an indicator of stellar skin condition, while a dull, rough or patchy coat likely suggests there’s room for improvement…”

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Judge My Ride Premium Evaluation – Alice VanBokkelen and Skippy

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“This is a beautiful example of a very athletic horse who jumps in very good style. Skippy uses his legs well and has a beautiful expression. He shows plenty of scope to make this 3’6″ oxer look small and easy…”

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Too Hot? Too Cold? How to Find Just Right.

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Would your horse pass the Goldilocks test? If it feels like you’re riding a powder keg or a drowsy slug, the right supplements might help!

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Peek in Our Paks – Casey F.

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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 animals we adore.

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Purchase Examinations for Horses

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“I am looking for a horse for pleasant, fun, trail riding. I already own a show jumper, now in foal with a beautiful German Hanoverian Stallion from a long line of Grand Prix Jumpers, and have found a lovely TB mare who is NOT suited for jumping (not a problem, as I am not looking for another jumper.)…”

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Meet Audrey and Oliver

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“I first met Oliver in 2007 when he was a school horse at St. Andrew’s University in North Carolina. He was 21 and still jumping in the IHSA horse shows that we hosted throughout the school year. Sadly, Oliver’s stifles and hocks didn’t match his phenomenal work ethic…”

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In & On: Hooves

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“Keeping your horse’s toes in tip-top shape isn’t just a great way to impress handsome farriers and make your barn mates jealous, it’s an investment in your horse’s health and soundness…”

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Can You Have Too Much of a Good Thing?

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Get the scoop on oversupplementing and undersupplementing so you can find your horse’s happy medium.

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Dubarry Boots: A Visit Home to the Emerald Isle

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On a recent trip to Ireland, SmartPak’s Creative Director, Sara, found eight different ways to answer the question “Where will you go in your Dubarry boots?” Breaking in my Dubarrys at Powerscourt Gardens after an amazing ride through the Wicklow

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Meet Kat and George

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“We have had George since he was thirteen weeks old. He is a fantastic little barn dog! He’s always been game to hop in the truck with me, do chores around the farm, and play with the big dogs. A few months ago I noticed that George was starting to get uncomfortable at the end of hard days of playing and working…”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Feeding Forage When Pony Lacks Teeth

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“I have a 28 year old Quarter Pony gelding. He lacks adequate dentition for eating hay. His weight and appetite are good. He is fed senior feed split over 2-3 feedings per day. He also gets one feeding per day of beet pulp. I add a hay extender pellet to his senior feed, but he doesn’t eat it up well. When he tries to eat hay, it just balls up…”

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Keeping up with the SmartPakers: Weekend Update – December 10, 2012

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During the week, you know our life is no mystery: we are here working hard to make you happier and your horse healthier. But what do we do on the weekend, you ask? The mystery is finally revealed! Read about what SmartPakers did this past weekend and see if any of our adventures sound similar to yours…

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