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The Rider’s Inner Monologue: Attempted Trail Ride

Well, here we are, back again at the barn with a nervous knot in my stomach. If this seems familiar, it may be that you’re remembering the last time we hung out on ‘Vet Check Day’. (If you weren’t with

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The Rider’s Inner Monologue: Vet Check Day

Today’s the day. It’s been six months of stall rest due to a tendon injury and today is judgement day after endless hours of hand-walking, icing, and wrapping. You’re nervous, you’re sweating, you’re looking at your breakfast like it’s something

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Lessons from the Lesson Kids

I’ve never had any intention of being a trainer. I’ve always joked that I’m better with small animals than I am with small humans. So, imagine my surprise when I find myself with a my very own group of what

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#TBT: My Family Tried a Trail Ride

Let me start off by saying my family is the best. I’m so fortunate to have had two parents that have always emotionally supported my riding and love of horses. However, that being said, neither of them are horse people

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How I Knew I Found the Right Barn

My name is Jenna and I am a helicopter horse mom. I’m the first to admit I can be a bit… selective when it comes to the professionals that take care of my horse. From farrier, to vet, to facility,

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How to Prep for a Horseless Vacation

I totally understand you. Most days it feels like the few hours spent at the barn (okay, maybe it’s many hours or maybe you ran away from adulting for a day to hang out with your horse, I’m not here

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The Top 5 Things Your SmartPak Customer Care Team Wants You to Know

#1 We’re Riders, Too! We understand your horse-obsessed, dirt-under-the-fingernails, I’ll-be-home-soon-I’m-just-stopping-by-the-barn-quick life. OTTBs? We’ve got ‘em! Warmbloods? We’ve got ‘em! Morgans, Arabs, Quarter Horses, and Chincoteague Ponies? We’ve got ‘em! So there’s no question too big or too small for us

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How to Train Your Equine-Turned-Dragon: A Stall Rest Saga

SmartPaker Jenna shares the story of her horse Hershey’s stall rest saga: For equestrians the phrase “stall rest” is about as horrifyingly vague as “tax audit” or “temporarily out of stock“. Knowing my active and easily-bored gelding, it sounded like

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