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SmartPaks: Now with Less Plastic!

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At SmartPak, we’ve always been focused on powering healthy horses and happy riders. But did you know we’re also committed to supporting a healthy, happy planet? It’s true! And we’re proud to say that this year, we’ve gone greener than

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Production: 2nd Shift Supervisor (3pm-11:30pm)

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This individual will be responsible for managing the SmartPak production team and process. You will lead production employees responsible for the filling and packaging of SmartPaks and PortionPaks. The Nitty Gritty: Build and lead a team , train and develop

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Merchandising: Buyer, Western and Leisure

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The Buyer is responsible for directly leading all purchasing activities with vendor relationship responsibility, deal negotiations, and merchandising within identified categories. The Buyer is expected to both understand and manage the product line(s) to maximize the customer experience. The Nitty

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Operations: Industrial Engineer

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The Industrial Engineer will be responsible for exploring areas of inefficiency and improve processes regarding people, machines, or processes. This position will assist with overall plant layout development and maintenance, integration of new production lines into existing plant layouts; modification

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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

Posted in Stories & Adventures

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

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10 Must Haves If You’re Hitting The Trails This Summer

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Growing up in New England, summertime has always been prime trail riding season for me. Unfortunately, this is one our shortest seasons, so I have to make sure that I’m ready to hit the trails as soon as the weather

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Meet Jennifer and Louie

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Success profile: Louie Breed: Paint Age: 6 Discipline: All-Around Owner: Jennifer Piette A year ago, Louie started to misbehave under saddle. Since my 10-year-old daughter rides him, that was quite a problem for us. We worked with our veterinarian and

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Anatomy of arthritis

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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

Posted in Blogs, Health & Nutrition

Anatomy of colic

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Colic is a general, catch-all term used to refer to any sort of abdominal pain in horses (in layman’s terms, it’s a belly ache). Based on that definition, the term “colic” could be used to describe gastric ulcers or problems

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Anatomy of an ulcer

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A horse needs to graze for approximately 17 hours daily to meet his nutritional needs, so his stomach was designed to continuously produce acid to aid in digestion. In a natural grazing situation, where a horse is eating and chewing

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Meet Pamela and “Stan”

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Success Profile: Invite Me for Chips “Stan” Breed: Quarter Horse Age: 5 Discipline: All Around Owner: Pamela Boyer When I first got Stan, I discovered that he was a sensitive horse that seemed certain there were monsters around every corner

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On the road with the SmartPakers: May – June 2014

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SmartPaker Paige For my 25th birthday, I got to spend a few days out in sunny Sacramento with five of my amazing coworkers and a whole wealth of west coast horse lovers at the Western States Horse Expo. So many

Posted in Travel

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Apparently I've been obsessed with horses since I was born, and I used to beg for pony rides on a regular basis. I started showing in 4-H, progressed to equitation and jumpers in high school and rode on the IHSA team in college where I also discovered the joys...

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