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Monthly Archives: June 2013

Barn of the Month – Fox Lake Farm

Fox Lake Farm, Birmingham, Alabama SmartPaks: 35 Owner/head trainer: Allison Majerick Black Fox Lake Farm is a 35 stall training facility that sits on 35 acres in Birmingham, Alabama. We compete nationally on the A Circuit and specialize in hunter/jumpers,

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An Eye for Trouble

After six weeks of seeing my horse six times a day, the lavage was finally taken out. The only residual effect of the treatment was a little loss of hair due to the tape around his eye.

After owning my APHA gelding for over 15 years now, nothing surprises me. I, like many horse owners that board their horses, still get that sinking feeling when you see your barn manager’s phone number pop up on your phone.

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Butter Cup Samurai

Like many of my co-workers I am obsessed with my horse, a 16-year-old thoroughbred gelding named Samurai. This obsession manifests itself in many ways, from spending 20 minutes trying to pick out the perfect new treats for Sam to try

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Tales from Spruce Meadows

Zerly was ready to fly!

Team SmartPak rider Chris McCrea recently completed a whirlwind two weeks at Spruce Meadows, full of great rides, many ribbons, and a little bit of rain. We are lucky enough to have Chris’s longtime groom extraordinaire, Genna, give us a

Posted in Stories & Adventures, Travel

Beware of the Ring Monsters


SmartPaker Mollie recalls her first show of the season On the weekend of April 5th, my new horse, Eden, and I had our first show of the season. Lucky for us, it was in our backyard. My seven-year-old Oldenburg mare

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Spring into Action! Exercise ideas for your dog – Part 3

training with dogs

Summer is here! And while most days are ideal for biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, Frisbee and all the fun we talked about in Part Two of our canine exercise series, there are bound to be a few rainy days that put

Posted in Canine Lifestyle

Foregut or Hindgut? That’s The Question – Part 2


Knowing what sort of support your horse needs can be tough, but it can also make a big difference. We know there’s a lot of confusion between your horse’s foregut health and hindgut health. After all, the process of breaking

Posted in Health & Nutrition

A Leg Up on Leg Care


“What is your leg care routine?” – Alenna S. via Facebook Knowing your horse’s legs inside and out is paramount when looking after any horse. Daily checking of legs should be undertaken so that any abnormalities, from the slightest boot

Posted in Ask The Groom

Keeping up with the SmartPakers: Weekend Update – June 24, 2013


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 SmartPakers did this past week and see if any of our adventures sound similar to yours…

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Meet John, Jill and Briggs Show Horses


Success Profile: Briggs Show Horses Trainers: John and Jill Briggs At Briggs Show Horses, we like to support our horses’ joint health early. We start our younger horses on SmartFlex I Maintenance Pellets to help maintain healthy joints from the

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Posted in Success Stories

Treating Swollen Legs


We are pleased to have a guest veterinarian provide an answer today. At SmartPak, we realize the importance of staying on top of the latest research, nutritional products and horse health issues, while helping to promote increased involvement of veterinarians

Posted in Lameness

Hip #97


On March 16, 2012 I jumped on Facebook, like I do every morning, to see what’s in my news feed. This particular Friday morning someone had shared a photo from the “Camelot Weekly Auction” (in NJ) with her comment of

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Peek in Our Paks – Melissa H.

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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. This Month’s Pick Staff Member: Melissa H. Department: Merchandising Horse: Drago Discipline: Hunter/Jumper I

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Foregut or Hindgut? That’s The Question – Part 1


Knowing what sort of support your horse needs can be tough, but it can also make a big difference. We know there’s a lot of confusion between your horse’s foregut health and hindgut health. After all, the process of breaking

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Finding Nemo


They say that sometimes the best things in life are unplanned. In the case of my horse Nemo, I’d have to agree. I have been riding for years, and have owned my first horse, and best friend, Lego for 14

Posted in Blogs, Stories & Adventures

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