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Monthly Archives: October 2013

Coolers & Fleeces

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Look around most indoor rings and you’ll see riders using a variety of fleeces, scrims and other garments as “coolers.” While they may all look fairly similar, different materials and styles can make a big difference in your horse’s comfort.

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

24 weird things our horses are scared of

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The jack-o-lanterns are carved, the fake corpse is propped up in the lawn chair, and we’ve eaten more candy corn than we’d care to admit – it’s official, the spooky season is upon us! After chatting with the riders in

Posted in Stories & Adventures

October Barn of the Month – Wilms Training Center

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Barn: Wilms Training Center Located in: Scottsdale AZ Trainers: Jeffrey and Amy Wilms Horses on SmartPaks: 15 Jeffrey Wilms Training & Management, Inc. is owned and operated by nationally-recognized horse trainers Amy and Jeffrey Wilms. Their horse training facility is

Posted in Barn of the Month

Horsey Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is fast approaching (seriously, where has the year gone?!) and I don’t know about you, but I still don’t have my costume figured out (if I go as a “cowgirl” one more time, my friends will disown me). So

Posted in Stories & Adventures

All About Adequan Dosing

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Our 22 yr old QH mare has been on Adequan for more than one year. She had the proper loading dose and has had a dose each month since then, with her last dose in July, 2013. Since she did

Posted in Ask the Vet

Keeping Up With The SmartPakers: October 28th 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 SmartPakers did this past week and see if any of our adventures sound similar to yours…

Posted in Stories & Adventures

The Perfect Jog Shine

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What are your must-have products for a shine that’s sure to impress everyone at the jog? – Amanda R. from Shawnee, KS Presenting a well-turned-out horse at a CCI jog is one of the things a groom takes great pride

Posted in Ask The Groom

Meet Tori and Eaton Place

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Success Profile: Eaton Place Breed: Thoroughbred Age: 10 Discipline: Eventing Owner: Tori Griffin Like most Thoroughbreds, Eaton is thin skinned and prone to getting skin problems in the Florida humidity. By supporting his internal health and a normal inflammatory response,

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My First Love Was a Prince

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My first love was my knight in shining armor named Prince – but not the kind of Prince that wore a crown and rode a gallant steed. Rather, he was my gallant steed and was the pony that fueled my

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Team SmartPak Wins at Congress!

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The All American Quarter Horse Congress is a horse show like no other and we look forward to attending every year. We always love the opportunity to meet our customers in person and watch our Western All-Around Team SmartPak riders

Posted in Stories & Adventures, Team SmartPak, Travel

Heavy Turnout Blankets

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Warmth for winter’s worst Like heavyweight boxers, these blankets mean business! They’re the warmest of the warm, and usually the toughest of the tough, because when winter’s at its worst, you want to know your horse is covered. Heavy turnout

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

Meet Jaynie and Quincy

Success Profile: Quincy Breed: Quarter Horse Age: 28 Discipline: Western Leisure Owner: Jaynie Doerr I started Quincy on SmartFlex Senior to support him as he aged. At age 28, he is the boss of his pasture and can still out-work

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‘Gut & ‘Gard – Understanding the Difference

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I have my semi retired Irish Sport horse on ulcer guard and someone suggested gut smart because it’s cheaper, are they the same thing? KJ, New York Dear KJ, While protecting our pocketbooks can be as important as protecting our

Posted in Ask the Vet

Monsters in the Ring

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It’s a crisp fall afternoon, and you’ve been looking forward to your ride all day. You saddle up your horse, start to warm up, and on your third pass around the ring, your horse becomes convinced there’s a monster behind

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2 Senior Dog Food Myths: BUSTED

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Myth 1 Dogs become seniors at age seven. FALSE. The saying “age is just a number” definitely applies here. While it’s true large breed dogs tend to have a shorter life expectancy than their smaller counterparts, your dog is an

Posted in Canine Lifestyle

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