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I is for Insect Control

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Summer is here BUZZ, which means the arrival of two BUZZ very important events: perfect riding weather and BUZZ fly BUZZ season. From the barn aisle to your horse’s turnout to the ring BUZZ and the trails, the bugs will

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Ask a Non-Rider: Slick ‘N Easy, Part 1

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SmartPak is a company full of riders, but believe it or not, there are some non-riders who work here. So we wondered what would happen if we asked them to explain some of the products we carry. We were NOT

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Ask the Vet needs your vote!: June 2016

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This month’s poll is now closed! Thanks to everyone who voted, and don’t forget to check back to find out which questions get answered. Thanks to everyone for submitting your horse health questions for our “Ask the Vet” video series

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Stuff Riders Say about Fly Spray – Episode 2

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We’re back with more fly spray silliness! Did we miss any? Let us know in the COMMENTS, and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE for more fun horsey videos from SmartPak! At SmartPak, we have a saying — “we get you because

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What’s New at SmartPak: June

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We work hard to make sure that you’ll be able to make the most of your time at the barn with the gear we’ve found just for you. That’s why our selection of tack, apparel, barn gear, and more gets

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Meet Dana and Java

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H is for Hindgut Health

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Your horse’s hindgut is responsible for digesting the complex carbohydrates your horse eats, including all of his forage (hay, pasture, and other roughage). Since the majority of your horse’s diet should be made up of forage, there’s a lot of

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G is for Grazing


The benefits of constant grazing are plentiful, but there are also some downsides that are important to consider before you give your horse all-day access to lush spring pasture. The pros of grazing • A slow, steady intake of forage

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G is for Gastric Health

G is for Gastric Health

Your horse was designed for constant grazing, so his stomach is continuously producing acid to aid in digestion. In a natural setting, eating and chewing all day buffers stomach acid with forage and saliva, protecting the sensitive stomach lining. However,

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F is for Forage

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In basic terms, forage refers to plants that are eaten by livestock, like your horse. Fresh pasture and hay are two types of forage that are likely part of your horse’s diet. The foundation of your horse’s diet Whether it’s

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Meet Maegan and Supermann

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E is for Electrolytes

E is for electrolytes

Your horse loses more than water when he sweats When your horse sweats, he loses water, salt, and other key minerals that are essential to normal nerve and muscle function, including potassium, calcium, and magnesium. If these key macro-minerals aren’t

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D is for Deworming

D is for Deworming

The horse world is steeped in tradition (did you know that mounting from the left became standard because of the way knights carried their swords?). But the old ways aren’t always the best, especially when it comes to deworming. Deworming

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Ask the Vet – Deworming, Abscesses, EHV-1, and more! – June 2016

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    You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about how to deworm a horse, what abscesses are and how they form and eventually

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Ask the Vet needs your questions – June 2016

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We know you have horse health questions, and we want to help! Each month, SmartPaker Sarah and Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director, will answer questions submitted by you – our loyal subscribers, followers, and friends! In

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