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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Barn of the Month – DaVinci Farms Equestrian Center

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“DaVinci Farms Equestrian Center is a 20-stall boarding and training facility located in the Buckingham Rural Preserve area of Fort Myers, Florida. Owner/operator Sandy Bieri, of Sanibel, Florida has spent nearly 30 years with horses and over 8 years as a boarding stables owner/operator…”

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Posted in Barn of the Month, Our Stars

Remembering David Birdsall

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“We are so very sad to learn of the recent passing of David Birdsall, a friend in the local horse community. David was the proprietor of Silver Oak Equestrian Center in Hampton Falls, NH, and a friend of SmartPak’s.”

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Colic prevention for horses on stall rest

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“My young Appendix of 26 years just managed to get a severe ligament/tendon injury. We are going to have the stem cell procedure done, but he will still be on stall rest for 4 to 6 months. What do you recommend for colic prevention while he is stuck inside?”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions, G.I. Conditions, Nutrition

Peek in Our Paks – Kaitlin T.

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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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Posted in Blogs, SmartPak Features

Judge My Ride Western Premium Evaluation – Haley Franc and Jacs Shy Boy

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“Overall we agree that you do an excellent job and are impressed with your presentation in the show pen. You present a good picture, fit your horse well, and seem to be a good match in terms of experience. We are particularly impressed with your patience, taking time during back up and standing in between spins…”

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Posted in Contests, Our Stars

Now and then: A lifetime with our horses

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Have you and your horse been together for what seems like forever? We asked the SmartPakers how long they have been with their horse(s) and asked them to share their fondest memories and photos together over the years. As you can see, our horses truly are our family members. How long have you and your horse been together? Leave us a note in the comments!

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Meet Abby and Hank

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“I event with my 15-year-old Quarter Horse, and when he hit his early teens I started to look for an oral joint supplement to help support his joints…”

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Posted in Our Stars, Success Stories

Best Joint Supplement for Early Joint Discomfort in Dogs

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“Which joint supplement would be best for a middle-aged dog that weighs around 50 pounds? He’s not lame or anything, but I’m worried that he’s starting to get arthritis because I notice he’s getting slower to get up from a nap, jump in the car, climb stairs, things like that…”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Canine Ask the Vet

Keeping up with the SmartPakers: weekend update – January 21, 2013

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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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Posted in Blogs, SmartPak Features, Stories & Adventures

The “other” animals of SmartPak

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“As a customer of SmartPak, you’ve probably talked to one of our fantastic Customer Care Representatives. You know that we’re pretty much either horse owners or dog owners (or both). You know that we often bring our dogs to the office (since you may have heard them barking in the background on a call to us), but have you ever wondered if we have other animals that we share our lives with?…”

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Doggy diets: are you pulling your weight?

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We all know that at this time of year, we set out our resolutions and hope to be healthier in the New Year. This year, why not include your dog in that goal as well? According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 54% of America’s pets are overweight. Here, you’ll find some tools and tricks to help take your pup from fat to fit.

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Posted in Blogs, Canine Lifestyle

Meet Rachel and The Punisher “Toby”

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“When I first saw Toby, he was living out in a field of twenty horses without a job or a human to call his own. He was underweight and scraggly, but he gave me one look and I knew I couldn’t leave him behind. Slowly but surely we got some weight on him, but his coat was still coarse and flaky…”

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Is Your Horse At Risk?

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Recent research has shown there may be things you’re accidentally doing (or not doing) that are proven to increase your horse’s risk for colic.

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Are You Ready for a Horse Emergency?

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“I’m a fairly new horse owner, and last week a horse at my barn hurt himself badly enough to need a vet. Now I’m worried that I won’t know what to do in an emergency (or worse yet, not even know that my horse is hurt or ill)! Can you tell me what to look for and what to do if my horse suddenly gets sick or injured and I’m the only one around?”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Barn Skills

If you could be any supplement, what would you be?

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“In SmartPak’s playful spirit, and in the love for all those fabulous supplements that works wonders for our horses and dogs every day, I decided to pose a question to everyone at work and see just what supplement they were really made of. I asked the question: If you could be any supplement, what supplement would you be? Here are the replies (warning, these may make you chuckle)…”

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