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Snow Isn’t The Only Winter Worry

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Horse-keeping during the winter brings its own unique challenges, and those challenges can wreak havoc on your horse’s GI tract and increase his risk for digestive upset. But with the right care and support, you can help ensure your horse

Posted in Blogs, Health & Nutrition

Get Schooled

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Everyone knows that college students don’t make the best choices when it comes to food. Check out these horses, then ask yourself — is your horse on a college student diet?

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On the road with the SmartPakers: October 2014

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SmartPaker Whitney: In October I was lucky enough to travel to one of the biggest horse events in the US, The All American Quarter Horse Congress with fellow SmartPaker Veronica. I have heard stories about how amazing this event is

Posted in Stories & Adventures

SmartGut® Ultra Pellets Research Presented at the Colic Research Symposium

Dr. Frank Andrews, large animal internal medicine specialist (ACVIM) and Director of the Equine Health Studies Program at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, has spent the last 24 years researching the causes, treatment, and prevention of gastric ulcer

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EMS vs. PPID – Do You Know The Difference?

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EQUINE METABOLIC SYNDROME (EMS) EMS refers to a collection of endocrine and metabolic abnormalities associated with obesity and the development of laminitis in horses. Faulty insulin metabolism is a key component of EMS and can include both insulin resistance (IR)

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My Mustang’s Makeover

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My Mustang’s Makeover – How repeat Mustang Makeover competitor Jessica Dabkowski uses SmartSupplements to help her mustangs perform their best In September, SmartPak was lucky enough to attend our first Extreme Mustang Makeover in Ft. Worth, Texas. While there, we

Posted in Stories & Adventures

The Art of Clipping

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TIPS + TOOLS TO ACHIEVE THE PERFECT CLIP To Clip or Not To Clip? Before you clip, think about your horse’s living and exercise situation this winter. For more help deciding, visit SmartPak.com/ClipOrNot Clip If… You or your barn staff

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Meet Sarah and Rocco

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Success Profile: Rocco Breed: Thoroughbred Age: 10 Discipline: Hunter/Jumper Owner: Sarah Zuckerman When I got Rocco, his weight needed some work. I chose SmartGain because it offers support for weight gain, muscle development, and digestion. Rocco has filled out beautifully

Posted in Success Stories

Saving Katalyst

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Editor’s note: After a successful surgery and recovery, Kelsey and Katalyst are back at school and back in training! Read their update below! Kelsey was living a rider’s dream. But that dream turned into a nightmare when her horse experienced

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Under, Over, or Ideal

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You be the judge It’s hard to resist the urge to squeal over how adorable a chubby pony is, but unfortunately, overweight horses and ponies aren’t cute — they’re unhealthy. Being too thin also comes with risks and health concerns.

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Quizzes

Chill Out This Winter

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Help your horse keep his cool this winter, and discover what ingredients will help him chill out. Edgy Eddie He’s occasionally nervous and tense, looking around and fidgeting as you get on. Slightly on edge, he is sometimes unfocused on

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Meet Karl, Kim, Jim and Feared

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Success profile: Feared Breed: Quarter Horse Discipline: Halter Owner: Karl and Kim Jacobs Trainer: Jim Becker, Becker Show Horses Feared was the 2012 AQHA High Point Open Halter Gelding, Amateur Halter Gelding, and Youth Halter Gelding. He is the first

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How I Became a Vet—Part III: The Private Practice Years

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Be sure to read part 1 and part 2 first! Still Not There Yet Becoming a practicing veterinarian takes a long time and hard work—not to mention a significant financial investment—but graduating with a DVM (or VMD) is just part

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How I Became a Vet—Part II: The Veterinary School Years

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Be sure to read part 1 first! Getting into Vet School During the senior undergraduate year–in addition to classes, work, and extracurriculars—students who intend to pursue graduate level studies need to start scoping out their educational institution choices, examining admissions

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Meet Sarah and “Logan”

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Success profile: Sir Maskalot “Logan” Breed: Thoroughbred Age: 15 Discipline: Eventing Owner: Sarah Bell I got Logan when he retired from the racetrack at the age of eight. Since the beginning of our relationship, he has had issues with stomach

Posted in Success Stories

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