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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Meet Rebecca and Bourbon-On-Snow

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2013 Update: At 26 years old, Bourbon is still on SmartControl IR and still going strong! Although I don’t ride him anymore, I love to watch him trot and canter around the pasture. Thanks to a solid management program developed with my vet (including supplementing with SmartControl IR), he hasn’t had any founder flare ups and his quality of life is great.

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Keeping up with the SmartPakers: Weekend Update – April 29, 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 revealed! Read about what

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Adopting Maddie

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I started the search for my first horse in January of 2012. After years of leasing horses and taking lessons, I felt it was time for me to get my own horse, and live that dream I’ve had for myself

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Fall or Ride the Couch

I picked up riding just a few years ago, and happened to find a barn in Oxford and start taking lessons with the trainer from Morocco. He is an incredible rider and has ridden in France when he was young.

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On the other side of the in-gate

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As a newly elected board member of the Kentucky Paint Horse Club, I was excited to help alongside my fellow club members this past weekend at the Spring Paint-O-Rama held in Frankfort, KY. This show was unique for me in

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More Human than Pony

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Toby has always stuck close by my side but he has taken it to a new extreme now. I always put him in his stall once he is un-tacked and cooled down but I never lock the door because he

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Happy Birthday Ax!

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I’ve owned my horse for 12 years this year, and I always make it a point to celebrate her birthday. I don’t like to give her treats regularly, because they trigger her impulse to crib, so March 16 is the

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Ask the Groom – Cold Weather Bathing

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“For many horse owners, our bathing facilities are limited to cold running water or a bucket of heated water. Given these conditions, what is the best way to get a horse show-ring clean when the temperatures are still quite chilly?

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Meet Julie and Kasey

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Breed: Chocolate Lab Age: 10 Owner: Julie Keefer A couple of months ago, Kasey suddenly stopped jumping on the bed and the couch and was moving stiffly in general. Her favorite thing to do is to sleep upside down on

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Let’s Get Ready to…Rolex!!!

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After the events in Boston last week, I am in desperate need of a little “pick me up”…and there isn’t much I get as excited about as a do for the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event each year! It has

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Peek in Our Tack Trunks – Lexi K

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Peek in My Trunk I recently moved my horse to a new barn and while packing up my tack trunk, I asked myself many times, “How did I manage to accumulate so much stuff for my horse?” While I would

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Meet Trish and Jack

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My horse Jack was a typical off the track Thoroughbred – tense, nervous and tight-backed. I started him on SmartCalm and noticed a dramatic difference in his behavior.

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Choosing a Flea Preventative

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What is the most effective flea med available? BG, Texas Dear BG, Unfortunately, there’s not really “one” most effective flea product. Because different products contain different active ingredients, they all work a little differently. It’s up to you and your

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Meet Jennifer and Icebreaker

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Breed: Thoroughbred/Percheron Age: 9 Discipline: Hunter/Jumper Owner: Jennifer Church When I first got Icebreaker, he was a very green, nervous project horse. At first I wasn’t sure what type of show horse he would turn into, but he is a

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SmartPakers Show Off Their Boston Spirit

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As a Plymouth, MA-based company full of runners (and riders), the tragic events of Marathon Monday hit particularly close to home for SmartPakers, both emotionally and geographically. But if you’ve been on Facebook, Twitter or just about any other social

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