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Working Like a Dog: A Day in The Life of One of SmartPak’s Canine Employees

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My name is Morgan, and I’m an 8-year-old yellow lab/corgi mix. I have been coming to work at SmartPak for about 5 years. I’m not sure what my human does here aside from punch buttons and stare at a computer

Posted in SmartPak Features

Keep Your Cool at the Barn This Summer

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Ah, summer—the time of year when I finally get to venture out of the indoor arena, and also when my horse finally settles into the steady summer version of herself instead of the wild winter version. It’s the season when

Posted in Lists

Start Spring Off on the Right Hoof

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Riding and horse ownership face a new set of seasonal challenges when the weather starts getting warmer. Rich new grass, shedding, mud, wild manes, and the “spring sillies” are all stumbling blocks to riding in the spring. Fortunately, working at

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Overcoming the Struggles of Winter Riding

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As winter drags on, getting to the barn becomes increasingly more difficult. It’s dark out before I leave the office for the day, and the lack of daylight combined with frigid temperatures inevitably causes my motivation to plummet. My horse

Posted in Gear Review, In the Tack with the Pak

Happy Birthday Ax!

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I’ve owned my horse for 12 years this year, and I always make it a point to celebrate her birthday. I don’t like to give her treats regularly, because they trigger her impulse to crib, so March 16 is the

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