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4th of July or the End of the World: Does your dog know the difference?


As July quickly sneaks up on us, there are many things to be excited about. Cookouts, fun in the sun, trail rides, and of course, Independence Day! However, while the coolers get stocked and the grill fires up, many dog owners are bracing themselves for another year’s boisterous (totally terrifying, monstrously menacing, bone-chilling) fireworks display.

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Purchase Examinations for Horses


“I am looking for a horse for pleasant, fun, trail riding. I already own a show jumper, now in foal with a beautiful German Hanoverian Stallion from a long line of Grand Prix Jumpers, and have found a lovely TB mare who is NOT suited for jumping (not a problem, as I am not looking for another jumper.)…”

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On the Road AGAIN


The old adage “better safe than sorry” applies to countless aspects of horsemanship, but perhaps none more so than trailering. To help your horse stay safe, and yourself stay sane, keep your trailer well- stocked and organized, so that you’ll be ready for anything.

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Two Sides of the Same Coin


Healthy digestion fuels your horse’s performance. If you can’t make heads or tails of gastric and digestive supplements, and just thinking about them gives you an ulcer, we can help!

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Posted in Health & Nutrition, SmartPak Features

3 Reasons to Feed Omega 3s


Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids support many vital functions in your horse’s body. You need to feed both to keep your horse healthy, but it’s important to maintain a proper balance.

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I Kissed a Movie Star


I Kissed a Movie Star…and I liked it! (Does that mean I’ve had my five minutes of fame?!) Never in a million years did I ever imagine that in the course of doing my job I would get to meet and kiss a movie star, but that is exactly what happened!

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My First Week at SmartPak: One non-rider’s insights into our crazy world


To a horse lover but not a rider, the equine culture at SmartPak is super intense, and I feel like I’ve been given an insider ticket into this wonderful world. It sure is refreshing to be at a place where people love their jobs and adore animals, but, boy, do I have a lot to learn!…

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Barn of the Month – First Choice Riding Academy

BOTM-First Choice Riding Academy

First Choice Riding Academy, Enfield, NH Submitted by Amy Woodman, Assistant Manager We currently have 8 horses on SmartPaks. I love how easy it is of course, but it also keeps the grain room neat… or at least neater. I

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Meet Karen and Cregor


Name: Cregor Breed: Quarter Horse Discipline: Barrel Racing Gender: Gelding Age: 28 Owner: Karen Dean SmartFlex SeniorCregor spent his whole life competing in speed events. At the age of 23, he was retired from competition, and it didn’t take long

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Meet Brooke and Denali


Name: Storm City Slew (“Denali”) Breed: Thoroughbred Discipline: Dressage Gender: Mare Age: 7 Owner: Brooke Lyle Freeburg SmartFlex RepairWe bought Denali at an auction, and gave her a few months off to just be a horse. She started into dressage

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Meet Laura and Panache


Name: Panache Breed: Selle Francais Discipline: Hunters Gender: Mare Age: 8 Owner: Laura Maynard SmartPaksI finally decided to switch to the SmartPak system because I was tired of buying various buckets of supplements at varying frequencies. Cosequin Equine PowderI knew

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Save or Splurge


Dressage Saddles Save M. Toulouse Aachen Dressage Saddle $1049.95 “Hands down the most comfortable and best fitting saddle we tried. We have been pleased with how well it has held up under daily riding even after three years it still

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Straight from the Rider’s Mouth


Check out these top picks from the Team SmartPak pros, or head over to to read over 45,000 product reviews from riders across the country! 2011 Rolex Kentucky Competitor Allison Springer Charles Owen GR8 Helmet (#12415, $279.95) “I’m proud

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Pak’s Picks


See our Pak’s Picks for rider apparel and horse gear!

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My Weekend at the Kentucky Reining Cup


My reining royalty experience began 1st thing Friday morning. Excited to be on-site and look around, my guest Jamey and I were on the grounds and parking at the Alltech Arena by 9:00 a.m. In retrospect I’m sure the parking attendant got a good laugh out of us, considering that reining didn’t start until 6:00 p.m. that night and the Alltech Arena is probably a good mile away from the main Rolex and Horse Park areas…

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