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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Barn of the Month – Patchwork Farm

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Barn: Patchwork Farm, Canton, GA SmartPaks: 22 Trainer: Janet Salem Rider/Trainer: Lauren Hulen Kissel Patchwork Farm sits on 60 acres in Cherokee County, Georgia, and offers kind, classical, and correct training for both horse and rider. Focusing on hunter/jumpers, trainers

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Meet Lisa, Emily and Phineas

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Success Profile: Phineas Breed: Oldenburg Age: 10 Discipline: Hunter/Equitation Owners: Lisa and Emily Sutherland When I first leased Phineas for my daughter, I was worried about the quality of his hooves because he had a quarter crack. I’ve always had

Posted in Success Stories

Find Inner Peace for You and Your Horse

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Challenge #5 Difficulty: Hard (but we’re here to help) What you’ll need: Patience Think back to when you first started riding — the barn was a joyful place and every ride ended with a kiss on the muzzle. But as

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A California Girl’s Winter Survival Guide – Part 3: The Human

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A 3 Part Blog… The horses, the barn, & the human. Making sure the horses and the barn are ready for winter is critical, but there’s only so much time I can spend in the cold. In order to even

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A California Girl’s Winter Survival Guide – Part 2: The Barn

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Winter really does make the barn and all of the turnout fields gorgeous! I took this picture one early morning while doing breakfast, and it’s one of my favorites. But with the beautiful white snow and peaceful mornings comes a

Posted in SmartPak Features

Meet Shawn and “Julio”

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Success Profile: Don Julio Whiz “Julio” Breed: Quarter Horse Age: 10 Discipline: Reining Owner: Shawn Stratman Don Julio Whiz became part of my family shortly after he competed in the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Nowadays we show in Rookie/Non-Pro Reining

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A California Girl’s Winter Survival Guide – Part 1: The Horses

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I grew up in Northern California where “cold” was when it occasionally got below 40°F. New England winters were a shock to my senses and came with a slew of new experiences and challenges. Snow!? That’s the thing you go

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Meet Brianna and “Ginger”

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Success Profile: Kids Girl Friday “Ginger” Breed: Quarter Horse Age: 4 Discipline: All-Around Owner: Brianna Langley When I first got Ginger last year, she had a dull coat and dry, unhealthy skin. I decided to give SmartShine Ultra a try

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Beat Ulcers

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If your horse has been diagnosed with gastric ulcers, talk with your veterinarian about starting him on this 3-step plan to stop ulcers and keep his stomach healthy and happy. Challenge #4 Difficulty: Medium Homework: Talk with your vet 1.

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Bieber’s Out-of-Control Forelock

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Justin Bieber’s mug shot has been all over the internet this week. And in one of those “you know you’re a rider when…” moments, I instantly thought of my horse’s unruly forelock: Naturally, my next step was seeing how many

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Rocki’s Winter Closet – Finding the right blanket for a stocky horse

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I swear, sometimes I feel like my horse has more outfits than I do! Rocki is a registered APHA gelding, about 15.2 and 1,000 lbs. He is your classic stocky build with short legs, a wide chest, and a fairly

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Ask the Vet: Insulin Resistance, Cushing’s Disease, & Equine Metabolic Syndrome

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Understanding each condition, and the relationships between them My friends and I have a small wager resting on your answer to: Can Insulin Resistance be present in both Cushing’s Disease AND Equine Metabolic Syndrome? Also any advice you can share

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Face The Facts: Understanding joint health and supplements

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Challenge #3 Difficulty: Medium Your horse can benefit from joint support Often times, horse owners don’t think about their horse’s joints until there’s a problem. But when it comes to joint health, waiting until there’s a problem may be too

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Water Woes: How Electrolytes May Help Your Horse this Winter

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Ice cold water buckets mean many horses don’t drink enough in the winter. But many riders aren’t sure of the best way to tackle this problem, so we’re here to help. We’re busting five common myths to help keep horses

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Baby its Cold Outside – Winter Equestrian Fashion (Without the Bulk!)

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We are now deep into winter in most of the country, and this year has really been a doozy with all the snow and Artic temperatures across the country. As crazy horse owners though, there is no hiding inside. We

Posted in Gear Review

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