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Road to Rolex Kentucky

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As Rolex quickly approaches, we wanted to give you the inside scoop on how our Team SmartPak riders are preparing and planning for the notorious event. We spoke to Phillip Dutton, Jennie Brannigan, Jan Byyny and Boyd Martin’s groom extraordinaire Lindsey Taylor to get their thoughts as they set their sights on Kentucky.

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Peek in Our Paks – Mollie B.

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Ever wish you could take a sneak peek inside our horses’ SmartPaks? Now you can! Check out the supplements we love, for the animals we adore.

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Drink it Up: All About Electrolytes

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If salt makes you thirsty, how exactly do electrolytes work?

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You are now leaving Funky Town

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We’ve all been there. You get to the barn and there is just something, well, funky going on with your horse’s skin. But what is it?! And what can you do about it? We’ve put together a list of the usual suspects and some helpful hints on how to handle them…

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Innovative breeches—what’s not to love?

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At SmartPak, we get you because we are you, so we know that you probably spend just as much time in your breeches every week as you do in your jeans. Finding the perfect pair is important because nothing makes you feel better than slipping into a pair of breeches that makes you feel (and look) your best…

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Keeping up with the SmartPakers: weekend update – March 18, 2013

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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 SmartPakers did this past week and see if any of our adventures sound similar to yours…

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Meet Rachel and Grant

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“Grant is a typical thin-skinned Thoroughbred. Since we first got him last year, he has had skin issues and his coat hasn’t had the healthy sheen that we thought it should. We tried everything and anything that we could find to help his skin and coat with no results…”

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Can you spot the secret stresses?

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This scene might look picture perfect, but things aren’t always what they seem. The fact is, no matter how pampered a horse is, there are aspects of modern horsekeeping that are at odds with the way he was designed to live. These conflicts can take a troublesome toll, causing a range of problems from digestive upset to compromised immunity and even a affecting your horse’s soundness and performance…

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Meet Eden, Vanessa and Romeo

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“For years, I struggled to keep Romeo’s hooves in good shape. He has always had extremely thin hoof walls and soles…”

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5 Things You Need to Know about Dewormer

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Preventing parasite infestation is crucial to maintaining your horse’s health. If left untreated, a high parasite load can cause symptoms including poor quality coat, weight loss, diarrhea or colic. There are two methods of parasite control: daily dewormers or a paste dewormer program. No matter which method you use, there are five things every owner should (or shouldn’t) do.

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Winter escape to Arabians and arid deserts

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“At the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show there was plenty around to occupy the equine enthusiast from cheering on competitors in the four different rings to the great shopping experience. SmartPakers Casey, Paige, Susan and Courtney really enjoyed visiting with our customers, as well as watching and learning more about this brilliant breed…”

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Meet Jessica and Tempo

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“Tempo has always been sensitive to bugs and last summer was a particularly bad bug season because of the mild winter. Fly spray wasn’t enough to keep him comfortable, so I looked for an insect control supplement to start him on…”

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Keeping up with the SmartPakers: weekend update – March 4, 2013

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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 SmartPakers did this past week and see if any of our adventures sound similar to yours…

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Barn of the Month – Maple Valley Stables

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“Maple Valley Stables began in 2006 a family owned and operated business for over eighty years. We transitioned from a dairy facility to an equine facility and have taken the family farm into the 21st century. Our main focus is the health and safety for the horse’s boarded here at our mixed discipline facility…”

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Meet Kari and Ella

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“Ella started to have breathing problems a few years ago, especially when it was hot and humid. I consulted with my veterinarian and tried a few different respiratory products, but she is a picky eater and it was a struggle to get her to eat them…”

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