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Meet Dr. Leslie Ann Jones and Smax

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Success Profile: Smax Breed: Thoroughbred Age: 7 Discipline: Eventing Owner: Dr. Leslie Ann Jones As soon as I adopted Smax in December of 2012, I started him on SmartPaks. Since Thoroughbreds are notorious for having bad hooves, I wanted to

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Meet Jaci and “Oakie”

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Success Profile: AR Oakies Last Stand “Oakie” Breed: Quarter Horse Age: 6 Discipline: Reining Owner: Jaci Marley My horse Oakie and I compete in non-pro reining classes. At the 2013 NRHA Derby, we were champions in the Level 2 and

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Look show-ring spectacular—on any budget

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Show season is finally upon us! Warmer weather has arrived, and it’s so exciting to think of all of our goals with our equine companions this summer. Here at SmartPak, we are getting ready for show season as well, and

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Foundation For Success – Hooves

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It can be easy to take your horse’s hooves for granted, and many horse owners don’t think about hoof health until their horse has a problem. While supporting healthy hooves may not sound particularly exciting, it’s an essential part of

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Overheard At The Barn

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Do these riders’ remarks sound familiar? Chances are you’ve overheard it all before and thought it was simply the status quo for life at the barn. But while it may seem like these horses just need an attitude adjustment, there

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Foundation For Success – Joints

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Your horse’s body is an impressive machine. It’s designed to manage the normal wear and tear that’s associated with being a horse — an animal designed to be on the move! However, research has shown that joint problems are a

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Meet Nubby and Monty

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Success Profile: Monty Breed: RPSI Warmblood Age: 8 Discipline: Driving Owner: Nubby Erickson When Monty arrived in the dead of winter to be my new combined driving horse, he was nervous and difficult to work with. I’ve ordered numerous barn

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Thanks, Mom!

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“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” – Abraham Lincoln We couldn’t say it better ourselves—but we thought we’d try anyway. After all, she’s been our chauffeur, our #1 cheerleader, our groom,

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On the Road with SmartPak – April Recap

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SmartPaker Kaitlyn: For me, April was a month full of my favorite discipline—reining! First, I spent a week at the National Reining Breeders Classic with fellow SmartPaker Kristen, and we were able to catch up with tons of our wonderful

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Colic – Don’t Let The Odds Stack Up Against You

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The American Association of Equine Practitioners estimates that 900,000 horses will colic this year. Not only is colic common, it can be very serious—more horses die from colic than any other condition. With statistics like that, managing your horse’s digestive

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Meet Hannah and “Quinn”

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Success Profile: Good Temptations “Quinn” Breed: Paint/Thoroughbred cross Age: 8 Discipline: Hunter Under Saddle Owner: Hannah Heil After a somewhat inconsistent show season in 2012, I had an unhappy and uncomfortable horse on my hands. At an ulcer scoping clinic,

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The perfect gift for mom

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You love mom, and you want to show her you care by getting her the perfect gift. So this Mother’s Day, we’re making your job easy by sharing our top gift picks to help you find something that’s just right

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Customer Care: Part Time Customer Care Representative (Nights and weekends)

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When most people say “work hard, play hard,” they don’t mean at the same time. But we’re not most people. We’re a little more awesome than that, and we’re willing to bet that you are too. At SmartPak, we’re serious

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No Fly Zone

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When it comes to battling the bugs, it’s important to have a barn-wide system that keeps you covered from all sides. Read on to learn what types of fly control to use where so you can create the ultimate plan

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