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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

Posted in Health & Nutrition

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

Posted in Success Stories

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,

Posted in Blogs

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

Posted in Travel

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

Posted in Health & Nutrition

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,

Posted in Success Stories

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

Posted in Jobs

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

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Meet Michaela and “Six”

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Success Profile: Streakin French Bell “Six” Breed: Quarter Horse Age: 6 Discipline: Barrel Racing Owner: Michaela Zebro I do college rodeo at Montana State University and started running my Quarter Horse, Six. Since she’s young and the hauls to get

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Feeding the Easy Keeper

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My horse is a very easy keeper. He lives outdoors 24/7 and doesn’t get any grain. He wears a grazing muzzle in the spring and summer which seems to keep him from getting too fat, but is he getting all

Posted in Ask the Vet, Nutrition

Meet McKenna and “Wyatt”

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Success Profile: Why It Works “Wyatt” Breed: Thoroughbred Age: 6 Discipline: Eventing Owner: McKenna Borton When Wyatt came to me, his coat was dull and he was prone to getting bumps all over his body. I tried a dozen different

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Meet Maria and “Leroy”

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Success Profile: Winkin for Chocolate “Leroy” Breed: Quarter Horse Age: 9 Discipline: All-Around Owner: Maria Salazar A little over a year ago, we bought our handsome Leroy to show on the AQHA circuit. Leroy is a delicate flower and is

Posted in Success Stories

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