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Monthly Archives: March 2014

An April Fools’ Adventure


Picture this, a bright and beautiful sunny day. There were few clouds in the sky and the temperature was around 70 degrees. SmartPakers Molly, Ellen, and I decided we wanted to go for a trail ride at our local state

Posted in Blogs

Peek in Our Paks: Kerri V.


Staff Member: Kerri Vuolo Department: Marketing Horse: Riker, 20-year old Appendix Quarter Horse Discipline: Trail Riding I started riding at the age of 10, and by the time I turned 11 I convinced my parents to purchase my first horse,

Posted in Barn of the Month

Show-day packing list

ashley rocki

Over the years of traveling to horse shows, the days of getting to the show and realizing that I forgot something at home are becoming few and far between (thank goodness!). When I was just starting out, it was not

Posted in Travel

Ulcers and The Hard Keeper


I have a 15-year-old gelding that I acquired last year. When I first brought him home he was very underweight. I have been giving him grain and senior feed along with his hay to get his weight up but nothing

Posted in Ask the Vet

Spring Shopping List!


Falkner and I are eagerly waiting spring. I know a lot of people are saying that, but normally I love winter and lots of snow. This winter has just been ridiculously cold, and I’m done with it! I find myself

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Meet Jacquelyn and “Gatsby”


Success Profile: Cashbas Jalouse “Gatsby” Breed: Appendix Quarter Horse Age: 12 Discipline: Hunter/Jumper Owner: Jacquelyn Cole As a first-time owner, I have taken immaculate care of Gatsby. I never thought in a million years that he would have any health

Posted in Success Stories

Meet Jackie and Angora


Success Profile: Angora Breed: Georgian Grande Age: 6 Discipline: Eventing Owner: Jackie Hogan I’ve owned for Angora for four years and she has been a handful! She’s very smart and lovable, but she isn’t always focused under saddle. A friend

Posted in Success Stories

All Tuckered Out at the Farm


Recently I have adopted a new puppy named Tucker. He has been a wonderful puppy and a joy to be around. We think that he is about 7 months old now. It is my dream to be able to take

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Peek in Our Tack Trunk – Melissa and Drago


As you can imagine, working at SmartPak for 10 years has resulted in quite the collection of things. I don’t have one trunk,—I have three, and they’re all full of goodies, some of which I use all the time and

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

On the Road with SmartPak: February Recap


Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show SmartPaker Kristen: SmartPaker Carolyn and I packed our bags once again, but this time we headed to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. This show focuses solely on the Arabian horse and included almost

Posted in Travel

Meet Ashley and Soho


Success Profile: Soho Breed: Westphalian Age: 11 Discipline: Hunter/Jumper Owner: Ashley Wilson For years I promised myself that I would someday qualify for the Devon Horse Show, and I was so excited when I qualified last year. Then, a few

Posted in Success Stories

Meet Joanne and “Cooper”


Success Profile: Sweet Escape “Cooper” Breed: Paint Age: 13 Discipline: All-Around Owner: Joanne Bramer When I asked my vet about starting Cooper on a supplement to support his joint health, he recommended that I find one that provided both HA

Posted in Success Stories

Optimal Cosequin Maintenance Doses


My 23 year old gelding has been on Cosequin for approximately 10 years for documented pastern arthritis. He has also been diagnosed with “Cushings” for which he receives Pergolide. I have 2 questions regarding Cosequin: First, is there evidence that

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Starlight moves to Martha’s Vineyard


Giving up a horse is never an easy task. Our daughters lost interest in riding a couple years ago, which left me with one horse too many. Starlight is a great little horse—the perfect combination of sass and talent. She

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Meet Rhonda and Santannah


Success Profile: Santannah Breed: Arabian Age: 10 Discipline: Western Leisure/Trail Owner: Rhonda Gunnell Santannah and I had settled into a great partnership and were enjoying new adventures together when he hurt his left hind leg. I consulted with my veterinarian

Posted in Success Stories

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