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Challenge #5 Difficulty: Hard (but we’re here to help) What you’ll need: Patience Think back to when you first started riding — the barn was a joyful place and every ride ended with a kiss on the muzzle. But as

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Meet Shawn and “Julio”


Success Profile: Don Julio Whiz “Julio” Breed: Quarter Horse Age: 10 Discipline: Reining Owner: Shawn Stratman Don Julio Whiz became part of my family shortly after he competed in the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Nowadays we show in Rookie/Non-Pro Reining

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Meet Brianna and “Ginger”


Success Profile: Kids Girl Friday “Ginger” Breed: Quarter Horse Age: 4 Discipline: All-Around Owner: Brianna Langley When I first got Ginger last year, she had a dull coat and dry, unhealthy skin. I decided to give SmartShine Ultra a try

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Beat Ulcers


If your horse has been diagnosed with gastric ulcers, talk with your veterinarian about starting him on this 3-step plan to stop ulcers and keep his stomach healthy and happy. Challenge #4 Difficulty: Medium Homework: Talk with your vet 1.

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Face The Facts: Understanding joint health and supplements


Challenge #3 Difficulty: Medium Your horse can benefit from joint support Often times, horse owners don’t think about their horse’s joints until there’s a problem. But when it comes to joint health, waiting until there’s a problem may be too

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Water Woes: How Electrolytes May Help Your Horse this Winter


Ice cold water buckets mean many horses don’t drink enough in the winter. But many riders aren’t sure of the best way to tackle this problem, so we’re here to help. We’re busting five common myths to help keep horses

Posted in Health & Nutrition

Meet Mindy and “Sherwud”

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Success Profile: Sherwud Bea Star “Sherwud” Breed: Quarter Horse Age: 4 Discipline: All-Around Owner: Mindy Reiss When Sherwud went off to training, I immediately started him on SmartCombo Ultra Pellets. Since Sherwud was in training and had to transition to

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Test Yourself On Horse Digestion


Challenge #2 Difficulty: Medium How much do you really know about your horse’s digestive health? Take our quiz to find out! How many hours per day do horses need to spend grazing to meet their nutritional needs? 7 9 17

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Meet Stefania and ‘Sunny’


Success Profile: Sunny Smiles “Sunny” Breed: Thoroughbred Age: 5 Discipline: Eventing Owner: Stefania Schuller Sunny Smiles came into my daughter Livia’s life last summer. The first time we took her to a new place, I had a feeling we were

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Take A Stand Against Horse Colic


Challenge #1 Difficulty: Easy Time to complete: 5 minutes! Protect yourself and your horse with $7500 of colic surgery reimbursement Many day-to-day barn events—like changes in hay or grain—are proven to increase a horse’s risk of colic. The American Association

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Announcing the 2014 Horse Health Challenge


At SmartPak, we’re on a mission to change the world, four hooves at time. Our dream is to make horses healthier and happier from coast to coast by inspiring smart riders to take action. But it’s not something we can

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Keeping up with the SmartPakers: January 2014


During the week, you know our life is no mystery: we are here working hard to make you happier and your horse healthier. But what do we do on the weekend, you ask? The mystery is revealed! Read about what

Posted in Stories & Adventures

A Journey of a Hundred Horses


At some point in my horse crazy youth, I read the advice to “ride a hundred horses before you buy one.” My non-horsey parents thought this was a fantastic idea – they figured they’d be off the hook for a

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Meet Lisa, Madelyn and “Dobby”


Success Profile: Dobby the Horse Elf “Dobby” Breed: Thoroughbred Age: Early 20s Discipline: Dressage/Eventing Owner: Lisa and Madelyn Castaldo We purchased Dobby, an older Thoroughbred, in 2011 knowing that he would have some maintenance requirements. Shortly after we brought him

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Meet Leanne and Smores


Success Profile: Smores Breed: Paint/Throroughbred Age: 5 Discipline: Barrel Racing Owner: Leanne Dillon I want to make sure that I give Smores the best care possible as she grows and matures into a well-rounded mare. When she entered training, I

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